Comparison between Windows® 7 and Windows® XP®
What is difference between Windows 7 and Windows XP?
The two major editions for Windows XP are Windows XP Home Edition which is designed for home users and Windows XP Professional which is designed for business users. Windows XP Professional contains advanced features which an average home user will not use. Windows 7 is released in six different editions which are Windows 7 Home Premium, Windows 7 Professional and Windows 7 Ultimate are widely available at retail stores. The other editions are focused in other markets which include the developing world or enterprise use. Each edition of Windows 7 will include all of the capabilities and features of the edition. All editions support the 32 bit processor architecture and all editions except Windows 7 Starter supports 64-bit processor architecture.
Comparison between Windows XP and Windows 7 are discussed below:
- Installation and configuration
- Standardization and convenience
- Integration with Windows XP Mode
Installation and configuration
Virtual PC comes with a simple installation process. Administrator can run the Virtual PC guided setup program and does not require a reboot after the installation. When Virtual PC starts for the first time it will guide you through the process of creating the first virtual machine. After installation you can configure it to suit your requirements. It comes with a number of settings which control how the product interacts with the physical computer and allocates resources.
Standardization and convenience
If you configure and test upgrades and installations on virtual machines then you can avoid issues caused by minor differences between hardware platforms. You can switch between operating systems as easily as you can switch between applications. You just need to click the window containing the virtual machine and can also stop individual virtual machines so that they will stop using CPU cycles on the physical computer. You can also save virtual machines to a disc and restore them at a later time. The restoration process will normally take a few seconds.
You can run different Windows XP productivity applications in Windows XP Mode which is available for Windows 7 Professional, Windows 7 Ultimate and Windows 7 Enterprise. Windows Virtual PC will provide the integrated installation option for Windows XP Mode which is simple and easy to use.
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