Windows® XP Mode in Windows® 7
What is Windows 7 XP mode? How does it work?
Windows 7 comes as six different versions: Windows 7 Starter, Windows 7 Home Basic, Windows 7 Home Premium, Windows 7 Professional, Windows 7 Enterprise and Windows 7 Ultimate. The basic requirements for Windows 7 are 1 GHz 32-bit/64-bit processor, 1 GB of system memory,1 6 GB of available disk space, support for DirectX 9 graphics with 128 MB memory , DVD-R/W drive and Internet access. It covers features like HomeGroup, Jump List, Snaps, Windows Live Essentials, Advance Search and Windows Task Bar which enhance user's experience. Windows XP Home Edition requires a set of system compatibility list to be met with, to load it on a system. It requires system with a 233-MHz or faster, 300-MHz Intel Pentium or Celeron family, memory: 128 MB or disk space of 1.5 GB and CD-ROM/DVD-ROM drive, a Super VGA monitor and video adapter supporting 800 x 600 or higher resolution, Video Card for DVD video playback with DVD-ROM drive and DVD decoder card, 8 MB of video RAM for Windows Movie Maker Video capture feature as it requires appropriate digital or analog video capture device, 400-MHz or faster processor.
Following are the points related to Windows XP mode in Windows 7:
- Virtual PC
- System requirements
Windows Virtual PC is Microsoft's most advanced virtualization technology released for Windows 7. It is the runtime engine for Windows XP mode to enable a virtual Windows environment for Windows 7. With this feature, the Windows XP Mode applications could be seen and accessed from a Windows 7 desktop. Microsoft Virtual PC 2007 can be also used to run multiple OS simultaneously within the same personal computer.
Minimum system requirement includes 2GB RAM and a CPU which supports chip-level virtualization to download and install Windows XP. It allows a user to run a virtualized copy of Windows XP SP3 in order to minimize compatibility issues.
To run Windows XP, in the boot menu, add in a password and make sure to choose the credentials if you want the integration features to work smoothly. Once the installation wizard is complete, you can see a dialog setting up Windows XP. It takes sometime to complete. If you receive a message related to hardware virtualization not enabled, restart your system and check if the BIOS option is enabled, under the advanced settings page.
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