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Windows XP Mode

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XP Mode is a free add-on feature for Windows 7 Professional and Ultimate. It is comprised of two parts: Microsoft's Virtual PC software for creating and running virtual machines, and then a pre-made Windows XP Pro (32-bit) virtual machine. This allows running older software which may not work on Windows 7, allowing customers to move to a new operating system without completely giving up the ability to run legacy applications.
William George (Puget Labs)
William George (Puget Labs) Says:
Performance inside XP Mode is going to be a bit slower than it would be from the host OS - Windows 7 - so XP Mode should only be a last-case option for software that will not work directly in Windows 7. Still, it is a nice feature for those situations... and I've seen folks come up with other inventive uses for it (like doing all of your internet surfing from within XP Mode, to avoid the risk of viruses infecting the host OS).
Christopher Crader (Customer Support)
Christopher Crader (Customer Support) Says:
Windows XP mode is essentially a version of Virtual PC with XP Pro preconfigured. It does the trick pretty well, and includes some built in preconfiguration to make it easier to share files and devices between Windows 7 and the Windows XP machine. Keep in mind, though, that not all devices will work perfectly between the two. Most USB devices should work fine, but serial and parallel devices won't typically cross over. In addition, while it is easier to use than manually configuring Virtual PC, there's still a bit of a learning curve, especially if you need to do anything other than just run your software inside XP.
Developer: Microsoft

It's the best of both worlds: The new Windows XP Mode lets you run older Windows XP business software right on your Windows 7 desktop.

Designed primarily with small- and medium-sized businesses in mind, Windows XP Mode comes as a separate download and works only with Windows 7 Professional, Ultimate, and Enterprise. Windows XP Mode also requires virtualization software such as Windows Virtual PC. Both are available free on the Microsoft website.

Configure a custom computer with the Windows XP Mode.