Things to consider while enabling Windows® 7 XP Mode
Windows 7 XP Mode is the new features which allows a user to run Windows XP applications in an Windows XP compatibility box, but makes them look like they are running directly in Windows 7 itself. Therefore, you can have compatibility of Windows XP along with the brighter and fresh Windows 7 interface.
Windows 7 XP Mode
1. In order to utilize this tool you are required to have following hardware on your machine.
Memory: 2GB of memory recommended.
Hard disk requirement: 20MB hard disk space for installing Windows Virtual PC. Additional 15GB of hard disk space per virtual Windows environment recommended.
Processor: Processor capable of hardware virtualization, with AMD-V or Intel VT turned on in the BIOS.
2. Enable hardware virtualization in BIOS.
3. Next, you’ll need to install two software packages on your PC:
- Install the Windows Virtual PC, which is the virtualization software that powers “XP Mode”.
- Install the Windows XP Mode, which is a specially crafted Windows XP virtual machine.
4. Once you’ve completed those steps and restarted your computer, run the Virtual Windows XP item in the start menu, add in a password and make sure to choose to remember the credentials if you want the integration features to work smoothly.
5. Once the wizard is complete, you will see a dialog that sets up XP for use.
6. Install your Windows 7 application in Windows XP.
7. Once your Windows 7 application are installed and shortcuts are in the All Users start menu, they will show up in the Windows 7 start menu under the Windows Virtual PC -> Virtual Windows XP Applications folder.
Microsoft is targeting mainly small businesses with the Windows XP Mode feature, but larger businesses may also need to run older applications. For bigger firm the company has a product called MED-V that allows control over things like who can install programs on their machines and other management issues.