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    Cool Windows 7 to have an 'XP mode'







    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 virtualization 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 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 starting May 5.

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    Just read at Supersite. Looking forward for official RC release.

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    So is this something you choose to activate somehow when you install W7 or each time you install an application?

    Also does it make the UI look like XP or is it a background app that runs silently?

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    So is this something you choose to activate somehow when you install W7 or each time you install an application?

    Also does it make the UI look like XP or is it a background app that runs silently?
    It will be made available, for free, to users of Windows 7 Professional, Enterprise, and Ultimate editions via a download from the Microsoft web site. (That is, it will not be included in the box with Windows 7, but is considered an out-of-band update, like Windows Live Essentials).

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    Windows 7 RC to public on May 5th & to MSDN & TechNet on April 30th. It's official now.

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    thanks for the info, that XP feature will make 7 a lot popular among the XP users too. great move by MS.

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    hey guys I m evaluating the new addition of Windows 7 RC ie XPM mode...
    Im blogging about it.

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    ^ Look forward to reading about it. Post link here.

    Btw, Will your CPU will support Windows 7 “XP Mode” ? may interest some.

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    Don't forget you will need to install antivirus / antispyware on your 'xp mode'

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