Most of the software run on windows 7 very smoothly without any problems. But there are some software which specifically require Window XP for correct and faithful operation. Here’s where Windows Virtual XP steps in. Windows XP Mode and Windows Virtual PC which are available on Windows 7 Professional and Windows 7 Ultimate, allow its users to run multiple windows environments like Windows XP Mode from Windows 7 desktop. Thus allowing its users to use software which are not supported in Windows 7 on a virtual engine. The Windows XP programs pre-installed or installed later will have access to host computer’s files and disk drives. Thus making a smooth coexistence with Windows 7. It can be installed on Windows 7 Professional, Windows 7 Ultimate and Windows 7 Enterprise versions.
One can install Windows XP Mode with Virtual PC by following these simple steps
- Log on to from http://www.microsoft.com/windows/virtual-pc/download.aspx
- Select the system you are using (example: Ultimate 32-bit etc.)
- Select the language you want to use.
- Download the Windows XP Mode (500MB file) by hitting the download button.
- Download the Windows Virtual PC.
- Start menu
- All Programs
- Windows Virtual PC
- Windows XP Mode
The setup prompts for an username and password for the system.
One can turn on the automatic updates to keep the virtual XP updated by using Windows Update.
Finally hit the “Start Setup” button to start the setup
The setup ends up in windows XP running in a separate window as shown
Amazingly one can just open, minimize the Windows XP window or close it just like any other software. Well here closing the Windows XP mode results in hibernation of the virtual engine. Windows XP Mode and Windows Virtual PC can be installed on Windows 7 Professional 32-bit, Windows 7 Professional 64-bit, Windows 7 Enterprise 32-bit, Windows 7 Enterprise 64-bit, Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit, Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit. It supports various different languages.
For more information visit en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_Virtual_PC.