Microsoft finally announcing Windows 7 will be in stores beginning October 22nd. Hurray … Wait … What? October? Another 4 months? What if I wanted to purchase new PC but I do not want Vista? let take advantage of the Windows 7 Upgrade Option Program. For Vista Machine that purchased between June 26, 2009 and January 31, 2010, you will get a free upgrade to Windows 7.
Are you on Windows 7 RC today? Why not? Because you legacy or Windows XP application not working with Windows 7? How can I continue my XP application if I switch to Windows 7? Windows XP Mode is the Answer, a valuable “FREE” transition tool that provides you with the flexibility to run many XP productivity applications on a Windows 7 based PC. So you won’t have to let go proprietary software that only worked with Windows XP.
All you need to do is to install your XP applications directly in Windows XP Mode which is a virtual Windows XP environment running inside Windows 7. The applications shortcut will be magically published to the Windows 7 desktop and then you can run them directly from Windows 7. No training is required and is completely seamless experiences.
Below is the PC Requirements for XP MODE recommended by Microsoft:
• 1 GHz 32bit or 64bit processor or better
• CPU that support Virtualization Technology AMD-VTM or Intel® VT features
• 2 GB of memory recommended
• Additional 15GB of hard disk space per virtual Windows environment recommended
Let’s Get Started and Install Windows XP Mode
Windows XP mode is a separate download and will also be available at http://www.microsoft.com/windows/virtual-pc/download.aspx.From the link above, all you need is just download two components “Windows6.1-KB958559-X86.msu”(X64 depend on platform) and “VirtualWindowsXP.msi.”
After finish download the 2 components, firstly install the Windows Virtual PC, which is the update package “Windows6.1-KB958559-plaftform.msu”, and then restart the computer. The next step is to install Windows Virtual XP “VirtualWindowsXP.msi.”
Setting up XP MODE
After the installation click the Windows 7 Logo at Bottom and type Virtual Windows XP to set-up of your virtual XP MODE. This set-up process might take several minutes. During this time you be asked to accept the Windows XP License Agreement, as well as to create a new password and whether or not to receive Automatic Updates.
Installing XP application
Once the process is complete, you will see your new Virtual Windows XP environment as a window on your Windows 7 desktop. Install your Windows XP applications exactly as you would on a Normal Windows XP PC. Click Run from my computer and so on.
What news in XP MODE compare to Microsoft Virtual PC 2007?
Running Windows XP applications in Seamless Mode
You might think that running another Windows inside Windows 7 will perform the same thing as what Virtual PC 2007 can offer. What XP mode can offers is about ease of Management, instead of managing 2 different OS in different Explorer. You can your Windows XP applications directly from the Windows 7 desktop in what is called “Seamless Mode.” The installed application will appear in your Windows 7 All Programs menu, along with all of your other Windows 7 applications.
Folder Integration between host and guest
XP MODE has the ability to provide folder integration for easy access to any files in Windows 7. You may access your Windows 7 Known Folders, such as My Documents, Pictures, Desktop, Music, Video, from inside the Application Seamless Mode.
USB Support and Printer Redirection
Users can access USB devices and printer attached to the host directly from Virtual Windows XP. These devices include Printers and Scanners, Flash Memory and more. Attached USB devices will appear in the File and “Save As” Menus within a Windows XP application that running in Seamless Mode.