In comments and private e-mails, I've received a surprising number of questions about Windows XP Mode, a new feature in Windows 7 that I demoed in today's screencast. How much does it cost? How do you install it? Does it require antivirus software? Get the answers to these questions and more.
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For any sort of upgrade, software or hardware, compatibility issues can be true deal-breakers. If a mission-critical program originally written for Windows XP won't run under Windows 7, you're stuck. And the economics can get ugly if an expensive or hard-to-replace peripheral doesn't have Windows 7 drivers. In this week's screencast, I demonstrate a new feature called Windows XP Mode, which is Microsoft's way of handling compatibility problems.
Windows XP Mode is very much like an East London hooker: sure, they work really hard but they aren't very good to look at. Windows XP Mode does indeed work extremely well, but doesn't always look very pretty.
Microsoft is publicly acknowledging a new XP virtualization technology it is readying for Windows 7 that two Windows experts first revealed late on April 24.
Back in April, Microsoft introduced XP Mode beta for Windows 7. I covered the beta pretty extensively, and some might say rather harshly, and gave the product a disappointing F grade. However, one of the great things about this job is that you get to make a difference, and it seems that Microsoft took on board a lot of my complaints and worked on improving the product.
Over the past few days -- since word of Windows XP Mode and Windows Virtual PC went public -- Microsoft has provided so far only the barest of details about its planned Virtual XP Mode functionality for Windows 7. Slowly but surely the company has started releasing additional details.
How much positive Windows 7 buzz is in danger of being wiped out in the next few weeks and months when consumers and business buyers discover that a heavily hyped new Windows 7 feature, Windows XP Mode, won’t work on some current dual- and quad-core CPUs from Intel? Also, check your desktop or mobile CPU against my list to see whether your PC passes or fails.
Over the past few days a huge number of electrons have been inconvenienced to bring you news about a new Windows 7 feature called XP Mode. In this post I'm going to take a closer look at this technology and what you need to make it work for you.
According to security firm Sophos, Microsoft risks undoing much of the work it has done on the security front over the past few years by shipping XP Mode with Windows 7.
On August 4, Microsoft is making available to any and all interested testers the Release Candidate (RC) test build of Windows 7's XP Mode add-on. The bits are available for download now from Microsoft's Web site.
Friday, Microsoft announced that it plans to release a free add-on for business editions of Windows 7. Windows XP Mode will use a customized version of Virtual PC to run a fully licensed, preconfigured copy of Windows XP in a virtual machine. So what's the big deal? It's not the technology, it's the licensing. I've got more details.
Microsoft is making a slew of virtualization-related announcements on March 18 -- including one that will be welcome by customers who've been stymied by the chip-level virtualization requirements for running Windows 7 in XP Mode.
Last year, when I looked at Intel CPUs, I identified a potential sticking point for Windows 7 upgraders: many then-current CPU models didn't support hardware-assisted virtualization. A year later, has the situation improved? Yes, but with one noteworthy exception you'll have a hard time getting information from big PC makers.
Summary: Kicking off a series of bulletins from ZDNet UK's Labs, Charles McLellan looks at the virtual copy of Windows XP that's available as an option in Windows 7
I've been using Windows 7's XP Mode feature for a few days and I'm now ready to give you my verdict ... and it gets an F.Don't get me wrong. The idea behind XP Mode is a valid one, and the fact that Microsoft is finally ready to accept that users should be able to run older versions of Windows as part of the license for the newer OS.
Along with the Release Candidate for Windows 7, Microsoft has made available XP Mode virtualization technology for download.
Microsoft has announces that XP Mode, the add-on that will allow users with the proper hardware to run a virtual version of Windows XP within Windows 7, has entered RC
Greg Shultz shows you how to use Disk2vhd to move your Windows XP installation into Windows 7 and then run it with Windows Virtual PC.
Are you a the brand new owner of a $2,000 Sony Vaio laptop?Were you planning to run Microsoft's XP virtualization technology in Windows 7?
Microsoft has released Windows XP Mode to manufacturing on October 1, company officials said, and it will be generally available on Microsoft.com on October 22, the launch day for Windows 7.