Microsoft® Windows® 7 Compatibility Features
What are the compatibility modes in Windows 7?
The Compatibility mode is a feature of Windows Vista and Windows 7 that allows you to run programs written for earlier versions of Windows such as Windows XP or Windows 2000. There are many programs created for Windows XP which might work in Windows Vista or Windows 7; however, there are some that may run incorrectly. The Windows XP Mode works in two ways both as a virtual operating system and as a way to open programs within Windows 7. The Windows XP Mode runs in a separate window on the Windows 7 desktop, much like a program, except it is a fully functional version of Windows XP. You could access your physical computer's CD/DVD drive, install programs, save files, and perform other tasks as if you were using a computer running Windows XP.
The compatibility modes in Windows 7 can be listed as follows:
- Windows XP Mode
- Windows Virtual Mode
- Working of Windows XP Compatibility mode
Windows XP Mode
The Windows XP Mode allows you to run your Windows XP apps in a virtual environment alongside your Windows 7 apps in the same desktop. It was designed to ease the transition from XP to Windows 7, particularly for small businesses that are reliant on their legacy apps. It works in two ways both as a virtual operating system and as a way to open programs within Windows 7. The Windows XP Mode runs in a separate window on the Windows 7 desktop, much like a program, except it is a fully functional version of Windows XP.
Windows Virtual Mode
Microsoft has been working on a Windows XP Mode for Windows 7 that will enable Windows 7 to run applications using virtualization that are designed for Windows XP. These sources are similar with the products that were recently revealed as this application compatibility mode is built upon the Virtual PC technology.
For using Windows XP compatibility mode, right click the file icon and choose Properties from the context menu that appears after choosing Properties from the context menu, a window will appear displaying the different properties of the application organized in tabs. The Compatibility tab Selection allows for certain features of the Vista or Win 7 operating system to be disabled when running the program. Click apply then click OK to save the changes after choosing the compatibility mode for the operating system in which your application runs correctly.
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