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kike73

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Windows 7 will have 'XP mode'
« on: 28. April 2009., 12:19:02 »


Microsoft is trying to make it easier to sway users of Windows XP onto the latest version of its operating system.

For some time now, the company has been quietly building a 'Windows XP Mode' that uses virtualisation to allow Windows 7 to easily run applications designed for Windows XP. According to sources familiar with the product, the application compatibility mode is built on the Virtual PC technology that Microsoft acquired in 2003, when it scooped up the assets of Connectix.

By adding the compatibility mode, Microsoft is aiming to address one of the key shortcomings of Windows Vista: its compatibility issues with software designed for Windows XP and earlier versions of the operating system.

Details of the Windows XP Mode, previously known as Virtual Windows XP, were first published earlier on Friday by the Windows SuperSite blog.

The technology has not been part of the beta version of Windows 7 or previously disclosed by Microsoft, but is expected to be released alongside the upcoming release candidate version. Microsoft said on Friday that it will release it to developers next week, and publicly from 5 May.

According to the SuperSite report, written by bloggers Paul Thurrott and Rafael Rivera, the XP Mode will not come in the box with Windows 7, but will be made available as a free download for those who buy the professional, enterprise or 'ultimate' versions of Windows 7. The site also has some screenshots of the mode in action.

There had been rumours of a secret user interface but, until Friday, no mention of the XP Mode.

Late on Friday, Microsoft confirmed XP Mode in a blog posting. "Windows XP Mode is specifically designed to help small businesses move to Windows 7," Microsoft's Scott Woodgate said in the blog. "Windows XP Mode provides you with the flexibility to run many older productivity applications on a Windows 7-based PC."

According to the post: "All you need to do is to install suitable applications directly in Windows XP Mode which is a virtual Windows XP environment running under Windows Virtual PC. The applications will be published to the Windows 7 desktop and then you can run them directly from Windows 7."

Microsoft said it "will be soon releasing the beta of Windows XP Mode and Windows Virtual PC for Windows 7 Professional and Windows 7 Ultimate".

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Windows 7 will have 'XP mode'
« on: 28. April 2009., 12:19:02 »




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Re: Windows 7 will have 'XP mode'
« Reply #1 on: 28. April 2009., 12:47:16 »
Kike, Thank you for this News.  :thumbsup:

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'Windows XP Mode'

Great idea, It's look like Microsoft learn "lesson" with Vista...  >:D


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Re: Windows 7 will have 'XP mode'
« Reply #2 on: 01. May 2009., 22:43:29 »
Sounds great, but I've a bad message for all gamers: The Xp-Mode is designed and optimized to run normal applications and not games. Old non Direct3D games may work in my opinion.
Most home users won't be able to use it unless they've got an old XP-License.

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Re: Windows 7 will have 'XP mode'
« Reply #3 on: 18. June 2009., 22:27:20 »
I will use it ............ Great!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Re: Windows 7 will have 'XP mode'
« Reply #4 on: 21. June 2009., 09:31:47 »
Very good idea, I like it.

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Re: Windows 7 will have 'XP mode'
« Reply #5 on: 26. February 2010., 13:22:52 »
tried to run alcohol...but failed..

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Re: Windows 7 will have 'XP mode'
« Reply #6 on: 16. March 2010., 19:26:38 »
good idea

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Re: Windows 7 will have 'XP mode'
« Reply #7 on: 31. March 2010., 15:21:23 »
WinXP Mode, Although I see many of you cheering, what you may not realise yet is that you have to download a 500Mb file for you to be able to have Win XP mode availabe within the Win 7 enviorment!!.

Next Problem is that because it runs essentually like an "Emulator" emulating the XP enviroment it takes alot of resources and can bog older PC's down quite badly!!

Just thought I'd let you all know befor you jump completley to Win 7 thinking you can now run all of your old legacy programs and games..

Sorry Folks!!

HD

P.s - Here is the link if any of you guys would like it..

http://www.microsoft.com/windows/virtual-pc/download.aspx

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Re: Windows 7 will have 'XP mode'
« Reply #8 on: 31. March 2010., 19:44:48 »

... emulating the XP enviroment it takes alot of resources and can bog older PC's down quite badly!! ...


Excellent point HD...  :thumbsup:

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Re: Windows 7 will have 'XP mode'
« Reply #9 on: 13. May 2010., 14:11:53 »
This is really a nice idea because if the person install the W7 and after sometime if he don't like the OS then he can just change the mode to XP and he can enjoy his old OS version in new OS so without changing the OS we can use the older version.

 

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