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Windows XP Mode was primarily designed to help businesses move from Windows XP to Windows 7. It isn't optimized for graphic-intensive programs such as 3D games, nor is it well suited for programs with hardware requirements such as TV tuners.
Before you begin
In order to use Windows XP Mode, you need to make sure your computer meets certain system requirements, otherwise Windows Virtual PC and Windows XP Mode won't work correctly, even though you might be able to download and install them. Before you begin, follow these steps:
Make sure you're running Windows 7 Professional, Enterprise, or Ultimate. To find out which edition of Windows 7 you're running, click the Start button Start button, right-click Computer, and then click Properties.
Find out whether your computer's CPU is capable of hardware-assisted virtualization. To check, download and run the Hardware-Assisted Virtualization Detection Tool.
If you receive the message “This computer is configured with hardware-assisted virtualization,” you can run Windows Virtual PC and Windows XP Mode. See the instructions below.
If you receive the error message "There is no hardware-assisted virtualization support in the system," your computer's CPU doesn't support hardware-assisted virtualization. You can still use Windows XP Mode by installing an update to Windows 7. See Why am I receiving errors about hardware-assisted virtualization (HAV) when I try to use Windows XP Mode and Windows Virtual PC?. Be aware that XP Mode will run much better if hardware-assisted virtualization can be enabled.
If you receive an error message saying "Hardware-assisted virtualization is disabled," this means your computer supports hardware-assisted virtualization, but you need to change settings in your computer's basic input/output system (BIOS) to turn on hardware-assisted virtualization. Procedures to turn on virtualization settings in your computer's BIOS vary depending on the BIOS manufacturer. Check the information that came with your computer or go to the computer manufacturer's website.
Virtual box. Its Free!
I have xp in a virtual box running on Linux Mint. No more spying ms for me!
installing XP Mode on windows 7 is very simple you just download it and run it.
reply to post by VoidHawk
You ought to start a thread demonstrating to many technically-challenged folks like myself the simplest way of doing that. Would ALL windows 7 third-party programs work on XP "in a virtual box", btw?
edit on 10-4-2014 by Kurius because: (no reason given)
reply to post by PhoenixOD
So my XP updated, and I got the notification today when coming home from work. Is this the last update, or what? IDC about the updates so much, I am using, and will use my XP until I need to buy a new PC.
(1) Runs faster. No RDP/RemoteApp is getting in the way.
(2) no requirement for VT-x or AMD-V
(3) supports more virtual disk formats
(4) vpc has a disk capacity limit of 127G, while VMLite has a limit of 2TB. 127G is way too small to run virtual machines converted from a physical computer.
(5) supports 64-bit guests, vpc only works with 32-bit guest OSes.
(6) supports multiple virtual CPUs, whereas vpc only works with a single vcpu.
(7) better and faster graphics. VMLite supports 32-bit true colors, and supports 3D/2D acceleration from version 3.1.2. VPC seems to have only 16-bit colors, and no support for 3D/2D. For example, if you play Google Earth in vpc, it will be very slow. Another example, you won't be able to play SecondLife in VPC, whereas VMLite 3.1.2 has no problems in playing SecondLife.
(8) VMLite file sharing is much faster than vpc, since we don't use tcp/ip to transfer files, instead we forward kernel level IRPs between host and vm, and between VMs.
(1) VMLite does not support USB devices at the moment, while VPC/XP Mode has strong supports for USB devices. (We are working on it, takes quite some time, though)
(2) VPC/XP Mode does better job to integrate individual virtual apps, with taskbar integration. We are implementing this feature on VMLite too.
In summary, after we implement USB and single application mode, VMLite will be superior to VPC in every aspect.
reply to post by PhoenixOD
What a racket. So basically Microsoft is saying people have to give up XP and upgrade to a new version of Windows so they can run a virtual machine inside the new version of Windows that let's them run the old version of Windows.