Microsoft® Windows® XP mode in Microsoft® Windows® 7
How to set up and use Windows® XP Mode in Windows® 7?
When you work with the new Microsoft® Windows® 7 operating system, you might not be able to use application of the older/previous operating system or you might need to install additional hardware to support the old software. The Microsoft® Windows® XP Mode is a solution to this problem. With this technology, you can run Microsoft® Windows® XP in Windows® 7. For this, you need to download and install Windows® XP on your system. The OS should be a fully licensed version of Microsoft® Windows® XP with SP3. You need to download a virtual machine to run the Windows® XP Mode. Then you need to download the actual Windows® XP Mode file. After that select a language and click the `Windows® XP Mode’ button to download. After downloading, you need to double-click the installer file to start installing. Later you need to install virtual PC framework. After saving the installer file, you need to restart your system before running it. Then you can install your older programs into your virtual machine which were not compatible with Windows® 7. You can open the `Virtual Windows® XP’ window to start working.
You should keep certain points in mind while you are installing and using the Windows® XP Mode in Windows® 7 OS. The points are:
- Edition of OS
You need to check the compatibility of your processor before you try to work with Windows® XP Mode. The mode uses virtualization technology to install the Windows® XP. So you need to check whether your processor can support hardware-assisted virtualization. You could use the hardware-assisted virtualization detection tool to do this process. Even if your processor supports virtualization, you might not be able to turn on the mode. Then you need to change virtualization setting of the system BIOS.
The BIOS is designed to control the input and output operations of the system. Any change in the BIOS settings can affect the system performance at a high rate. As you install Windows® XP Mode in Windows® 7 OS, you might need the virtualization setting of the BIOS. If a serious problem occurs with the BIOS configuration, you might not be able to start up your system. So you need to be very careful while changing BIOS settings.
Before you attempt to install the Microsoft® Windows® XP Mode in your Windows® 7 OS, you need to check the edition of the OS. You might not be able to install the Windows® XP Mode in every edition of Microsoft® Windows® 7 OS. The mode requires Windows® 7 with Professional or Ultimate edition. If you use other editions like home premium or business you need to upgrade the OS. You could use Windows® Anytime Upgrade to perform this task.