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Windows XP Mode for Windows 7 RC Released

Category: Operating Systems
Posted: 01:47PM

Microsoft has announced today that Windows XP Mode for Windows 7 has reached the "release candidate" and is now available for download. While Windows 7 is heavily based on Vista, and many applications and drivers have made the migration, Windows XP Mode serves as a kind of "backup plan" for all those really, really old apps that some of us can't bear to lose. Working much like a VMWare machine, Windows XP runs inside a virtual machine, and the best part is that all versions of Windows 7 that have the XP Mode available (namely Professional and Ultimate) come with a free Windows XP license. It's like having your cake, and running an old program on top of it too!

Features announced in this morning's Windows Team Blog include:

  • The ability to attach USB drives to your machine, and have Windows XP Mode see them.
  • Being able to boot to a program in XP Mode from shortcuts in your Windows 7 Start Menu (AKA, the "Jump List").
  • Being able to enable or disable drive sharing between Windows XP Mode and Windows 7, effectively giving you the option to have Windows XP completely cut off from the rest of your system.

Windows XP Mode requires that your processor has virtualization instructions built in, but as long as your PC is less than two or three years old, this shouldn't be an issue.

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BillyBuerger on August 4, 2009 02:51PM
The part about virtualization on CPUs is a little off. I believe all AMD CPUs except Semprons have it. But Intel CPUs don't get it until you get up to the 8xxx series. The Pentium 5xxx don't and C2D 7xxx only at the 7600, not anything lower. That's probably why they brought in the new E6300. One, to compete on the budget side with AMDs new Athlon II and also to add virtualization support to the budget line for things like this.
JifDaKiwi on August 4, 2009 07:11PM
Yeah well pointed out - Ive just been on Wikipedia, and you're right, apart from some of the E5300 and E5400's do as well.
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Ramzanali Panjwani on August 5, 2009 06:52AM
Lets Wait and See.

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