Windows® XP® Mode on Windows® 7
What is Windows XP Mode on Windows 7 and how to add Windows XP mode on Windows 7?
The Windows 7 is the newest Operating System manufactured by the Microsoft. This latest version of Windows OS integrates many enhanced features like advanced touch and handwriting recognition, support for virtual hard disks, use of Heterogeneous Multi-adapters, improved performance on multi-core processors, improved boot performance, redesigned Calculator, DirectAccess, and kernel improvements. One of the main features of the Windows 7 Operating System is the Windows XP mode. This provision is available only in Windows 7 Professional and above edition of Windows 7 Operating Systems.
Below mentioned are the details regarding the Windows XP Mode on Windows 7:
- Windows 7 add ons
- Using VMware to run Windows XP Mode
- Adding Windows XP Mode to VMware Player
Windows 7 add ons
The Add-on is an optional software that modifies the interface or behavior of applications installed in the system. These software are employed for enhancing the functionality of other software application. Plug-in, extensions, themes are some of the subcategories of add-on which could not run independently. During the installation, the add ons get attached to the main software and help to broaden the features of that particular software. The Windows 7 Operating System is designed in such a way that handles add-ons to help improve the performance and speed of your system.
Using VMware to run Windows XP Mode
You could use VMware player software to run the Windows XP Mode without hardware virtualization. The VMware player is a free program that allows you to create and run virtual machines, without the hardware virtualization. For getting started, you have to first to download and install VMware Player. It is free and it requires registration. During the installation, you would be displayed with some prompts about installing drivers. Accept them and restart your system after the VMware player installation.
Run the VMware Player and import Windows XP Mode by clicking the 'Import Windows XP Mode VM' option in file menu. The process is accomplished with the conversion of Windows XP Mode to VMware format. It takes a couple of minutes depending on your hardware. After this process, you could see a new virtual machine in VMware Player called Windows XP Mode and click the 'Play Virtual Machine' to run Windows XP Mode.