Windows XP Mode, a feature in Windows 7 (available to use with Professional, Enterprise and Ultimate versions) is a virtual Windows XP environment which is ready to use with Windows Virtual PC. It is specially designed to helps small businesses upgrade to Windows 7 by providing a Windows XP Mode environment capable of running many Windows XP-compatible business and productivity applications.
Using Windows XP Mode business persons can access there custom made software right from their Windows 7 desktop with a single click.
Therefore, Windows XP Mode for Windows 7 gives you the best of both worlds: the ability to enjoy the many benefits of Windows 7 such as increased security, productivity and reliability and getting the most out of your old Windows XP applications.
In this series I’ll show you how easy it is to install and run many of your Windows XP productivity applications directly from your Windows 7 desktop.
Starting from very basics, in this first article I’ll discuss about Windows Virtual PC and What’s new in Windows Virtual PC?
Windows Virtual PC is the latest Microsoft virtualization technology designed for Windows 7 and is the updated version Windows Virtual PC 2007 (used to create virtual environment in earlier versions of Windows). With the release of Windows 7 Microsoft introduced a number of new features in Windows Virtual PC and designed it in such a way that it is now easier to run legacy applications in a virtual software environment like Windows XP Mode:
- Integration with Windows XP Mode setup (Windows XP Mode is a benefit of Windows 7 Professional, Ultimate and Enterprise).
- A new approach that intuitively incorporates Windows Virtual PC user interface (UI) into that of your Windows 7 desktop.
- The ability to use many of your USB devices from within a virtual Windows environment, such as Windows XP Mode.
- Seamless launching of Windows XP applications from your Windows 7 desktop, Start Menu, or Taskbar.
- Clipboard sharing, which enables you to cut, copy, and paste data between the host Windows 7 desktop and the virtual machine.
- Printer sharing between the Windows 7 desktop and the virtual Windows environment.
- Drive sharing, which provides easy access to all host data from within the virtual machine.
- Folder integration between operating environments.
These are some latest updates in Windows Virtual PC. You can find more information regarding Windows Virtual PC using following links:
To know the difference between Windows Virtual PC and Windows XP Mode and to download a deployment guide from Microsoft, go here.
The next article of this series talks of How to install and use Windows XP Mode in Windows 7.