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Windows 7: Windows XP Mode - Nice one Microsoft

01 May 2009   #1

Linux CENTOS 7 / various Windows OS'es and servers
Windows XP Mode - Nice one Microsoft

Hi all

I've just being trying the Windows XP Mode feature

Whilst I'm very happy in using vmware (still excellent for developer / testing scenarios) the "XP compatability mode" works 100% for me so no reason anymore to have anything else for the Main OS other than Windows 7.

I'm retiring all my other old OS'es now since all my incompatable apps work with the "XP compatability feature". Roll on RTM MS please. Just finished testing them ALL.

Minidisc stuff, Photo scanner, negative scanner, plotter, large A2 (Huge poster size) printer, SAP GUI connectivity, SAP JAVA portal access, Web dynpro GUI.

All working (finally). None of this stuff worked either on VISTA (both X-86 and X-64) nor Windows 7.

For typical users this feature will be great -- this IMO is the real "Killer App" that allows small business (and even medium size ones) to upgrade their hardware and software in stages to suit them whilst not having to discard loads of older PC's. Businesses tend to upgrade their equipment much less frequently than home users - especially now.

The "preconfigured" XP machine only has 256MB RAM as standard. Whilst you can't evaluate a Virtual Machine on a ratio 1:1 with a Real machine I think it should be a 512 MB machine by default.

Doesn't seem to want "Activation" either so I assume that the XP machine will work as long as the Windows 7 trial (7100) is active.

I've installed this on the RC 7100 X-64 I downloaded from "the Green Devil" a while ago and its fine.

I'm going to see if I can tinker around with this "Integrated XP VM" and maybe clone it and make the virtual RAM size bigger. I know I can install my own VM but if I have to do that it rather goes against the whole point of "the Integration" feature.

Performance seems pretty good and integration with the desktop just fine.

So far Nice one Microsoft.

Nice to see my old Minidisc app working on the W7 desktop .

I'm waiting for additional language packs as well -- using English at the moment.

(Hint -- would like these for W7 as well - still only a few languages like German, Spanish, etc). There ARE other countries BTW.

Anyway once again MS You've finally got your s--t together. well done.


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01 May 2009   #2

Windozer 7 - 7068

Can you PM me with this if its an addon and will it be compatible with 7068? Thanks.
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01 May 2009   #3

windows7 7100 x64

cheers jimbo grabbing from the 'OID now
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01 May 2009   #4

Windows 7 x64 Build 7264

I totally agree with 100% with jimbo on this.
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01 May 2009   #5

Linux CENTOS 7 / various Windows OS'es and servers

Hi all

In addition to Shawn's excellent tutorial on this (see the link in the OP or go directly to the tutorials) you CAN make a shortcut on your desktop to run an application in XP compatability mode directly without using the menu.

I know this sounds obvious but if you want to run your app quickly without going through the menu it's OK. Some people might miss this BTW.

As the Virtual PC menu starts with a "V" it's quite a long way down the menu especially if you have a lot of stuff installed on your W7 machine. Saves unnecessary scrolling.

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01 May 2009   #6
dirk digler

Windows 7 build 7057

if you select VM's in the Virtual PC in all programs, you get to a windows explorer windor with your VM. From there, right click on select settings. From there you can increase the RAM to what you want. You can also add another virtual disk if you would like, but you dont have to build a whole new VM just to get more RAM.
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01 May 2009   #7

windows7 7100 x64

jimbo i stopped the download as my computer went tits up again when trying to download it-

strangely this has happened twice and both times i was downloading the xpmode once last night when solar posted it and again this morning when i tried getting it from the 'OID.
so i have gone back to utorrent 1.7.7 tested it on a private site i use and tested it on a small download from the 'OID and both worked fine problem gone.
trouble is i just had a quick look round the 'OID and cant find the xpmode torrent to try again,any chance of a link.
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01 May 2009   #8


Yes..very nice Microsucks.. Virtual PC 2007 sp1 will no longer run on Windows 7 RC, it installed fine on 7077, but since MS designed this VXP mode, which is really good and great, older Virtual PCs won't install due to program incompatibiliy issues. I can't run Windows Virtual PC because my Intel DualCore doesn't support Intel-VT unlike the Core2Duo. So, thanks again Microsoft OOpss. you did it again Bill..-.-
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01 May 2009   #9

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit

Heres mine in action:

Windows XP Mode - Nice one  Microsoft-xpm.jpg

It sees my nvidia 9800gtx card as an s3 card for some reason.

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01 May 2009   #10

windows 7

I guess this cannot be fun on a AMD machine unless it uses a server cpu?
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