Compatibility of Windows® 7 with Windows® XP®
Get to know more about running Windows XP mode on Windows 7
Windows XP mode adds Windows XP compatibility to Windows 7 meaning that users do not have to fear that their applications will not run in Windows 7 if they are working fine in Windows XP. This could be a huge incentive for companies to make the switch to Windows 7. Windows XP Mode would allow you to run your Windows XP apps in a virtual environment with your Windows 7 apps in the same desktop. It is been designed by Microsoft to ease the transition from XP to Windows 7 particularly for small businesses which are dependent on their legal applications. It would allow you to run apps which are only compatible with Windows XP in Windows 7. It is also different from previous virtualization technologies by Microsoft, in which you could now run a virtual application in the same desktop as your host Operating System without having to deal with two separate desktops. Windows XP Mode would be available only to those who is running Windows 7 Professional or above in there machine. Users could access their Windows 7 Known Folders from within a virtualization Windows environment such as Windows XP Mode. Drive sharing is a more flexible sharing option which includes sharing any mass storage devices and virtual PC 2007 allowed folder sharing.
Role and features of XP mode are discussed below
- Configurability and easy installation
- Standardization and Convenience
- Integrated with Windows XP Mode
- USB support
Configurability and easy installation
Virtual PC is simple to install. Any administrator could run the Virtual PC guided setup program and install does not require a reboot. The first time Virtual PC starts it would guide you through the process of creating the first virtual machine. After installing Virtual PC you could configure it to suit your requirements. Virtual PC has a number of settings which control how the product interacts with the physical computer, allocates resources etc.
Standardization and convenience
Configure and test upgrades and installations on virtual machines, and then you could deploy throughout your company a standard configuration which avoids problems caused by minor differences between hardware platforms. Users could switch between operating systems as easily as they switch between applications. They need to simply click the window containing the virtual machine and could also pause individual virtual machines so they stop using CPU cycles on the physical computer. They could also save virtual machines to disk and restore them at a later time. The restoration process normally takes a few seconds and is much faster than restarting the guest operating system.
Users could run many Windows XP productivity applications in Windows XP Mode which is available for Windows 7 Professional, Windows 7 Ultimate, and Windows 7 Enterprise. Windows Virtual PC provides the integrated install option for Windows XP Mode which is simple and easy to use.
Windows Virtual PC supports many USB devices such as printers, scanners, flash memory/sticks and external hard disks, digital cameras, and smart card readers. All these features would enhance your experience while computing and make things easy.