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Windows 7 and the new Windows XP Mode

Created: 02 May 2009 • Updated: 29 Jul 2010 • 4 comments
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A new important feature in Windows 7 is the Windows XP Mode.  This function allows to run Windows XP based application without any hardware and software compatibility issues.

You can find more details on the article Secret No More: Revealing Windows XP Mode for Windows 7  ( )

XP Mode consists of the Virtual PC-based virtual environment and a fully licensed copy of Windows XP with Service Pack 3 (SP3). It will be made available, for free, to users of Windows 7 Professional, Enterprise, and Ultimate editions via a download from the Microsoft web site.

Also watch the video test on Youtube at the following link : Windows 7 RC - Testing Virtual Windows XP (XP Mode)

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rainier's picture

this is great news because i was trying to install corel draw  9 which i normally use for editing lineart for cutting stickers and i had to go back to vista because it would not install. I really like windows 7 and I would be putting it back knowing that the xp mode is available.

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Biohazzard's picture

So why is this new? Can't Vista users basically do the same thing today with free MS Virtual PC?

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sufiyan's picture

 I don't believe that XP Mode will be made available to users of Windows 7 Home Premium at all; they'd need to purchase Windows XP and install it in Virtual PC (which is free). It's a benefit of the upper-level versions of Windows 7, and is really aimed at businesses and not consumers.

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riva11's picture

Windows XP mode allows to run different tasks in parallel with Windows 7, no other windows within a separate OS.

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