Compatibility of Windows® XP® Mode in Windows® 7
Learn about Windows XP Compatibility Mode in Windows 7. What are the role, features and benefits of Windows XP mode in Windows 7?
Windows 7 is the latest Operating System by Microsoft creating waves with its performance. Most people who switch to Windows 7 are operating on Windows XP. Once upgraded to Windows 7 there might be issue of compatibility of hardware with Windows 7. That hardware may be working perfectly in Windows XP. To solve this problem Microsoft released licensed version called Windows XP mode for Windows 7. With this, you can eliminate the problem of compatibility of hardware or any application with Windows 7. Windows XP mode works on the principle of Virtual PC. This magical tool creates virtual environment so that Windows XP supported hardware or applications can run. Therefore, the downloadable Virtual PC will have the settings of Windows XP and its specifications. Some conditions are antivirus software will not run in Windows XP mode. Before installing Virtual PC, check whether your system meets all hardware requirements specified by installation disk. Otherwise, the process will not work correctly.
The following are some details about Windows XP mode in Windows 7:
- Status of Windows XP mode in Windows 7
- Installing and using Windows XP mode
- Programs requiring Windows XP Mode and Hardware requirements
Status of Windows XP mode in Windows 7
The main advantage is that it provides a platform for you to work in Windows 7 and hardware that are compatible to Windows XP only. Windows XP mode is available in Professional, Ultimate and Enterprise editions of Windows 7. Windows XP mode is fast and it works well. It is one of the best virtual computing environments. So, it will remove all your hardware compatibility worries.
Installing and using Windows XP mode
First, you must download and install Windows XP mode and Windows Virtual PC. After downloading the two from Internet, you have to set-up Windows XP mode. Click Windows Virtual PC in the All Programs. Then click Windows XP Mode. Accept the license terms. Select the location for the storage of installation files. Type password and navigate through the steps to complete the set-up.
Internet Explorer 6 and Adobe Acrobat 7 are main software that require Windows XP mode. Some hardware drivers like printers, scanners and other peripherals need this Windows XP mode. Hardware requirement is the need of at least 2 GB of memory and the need of chip level virtualization. The Intel based PC need Intel TV and AMD machines need AMD-V processors.