Virtual Windows XP Mode on Windows 7
What are the differences between Windows 7 and Windows XP? Explaining Windows Virtual XP mode.
Windows XP and Windows 7 are the two most prominent versions of Windows from Microsoft. Windows 7 is the latest Windows operating system and has many advanced features when compared with the older Windows XP. Windows 7 has become a huge hit because of its amazing graphic rich user interface and support for the latest types of networking and multimedia technology. Windows XP is a little outdated when compared with Windows 7 and does not support the latest types of applications and programs that require powerful features. The multimedia capabilities of the Windows operating system is controlled mainly by the Direct X version integrated in the operating system by Microsoft and Windows 7 has the support for its latest version called as Direct X 11 which offers superior support for different multimedia processes when compared with Windows XP which has support for Direct X 9 only. Although Windows 7 is far more superior in every aspect when compared with Windows XP, some older applications are not supported by Windows 7. The users who are experiencing these kinds of compatibility issues can make use of the Windows Virtual XP mode feature in Windows 7 with which the users can setup a virtual Windows XP inside the Windows 7 for installing and using Windows XP compatible applications.
The following points discussed below will help the users to set up Windows Virtual XP mode in Windows 7:
- Check for support
- Download and install
- Starting up Windows Virtual XP mode
Check for support
The users of Windows 7 should make sure the processor and the system supports hardware virtualization and has at least 2GB of physical memory or RAM for the smooth working for virtual environment software. The users who install the virtual mode programs in their system are advised to enable the hardware virtualization options in the system BIOS before installing the programs to avoid later complications.
Download and install
After confirming that the system supports hardware virtualization, the users should download Windows Virtual PC and Windows Virtual XP mode from the original Microsoft support website. The users are advised to download it from the original Microsoft website only so as to avoid possible malware or virus infections. Once you have downloaded the original installer packages of the programs, install it with administrator privileges for error free completion of the process. Users are advised to save all the work before attempting to install as it might require a system restart to complete the installation process.
Starting up Windows Virtual XP mode
Once your system has restarted and the installation of software programs are completed, the users can access the Windows Virtual XP mode from the start menu. The startup wizard will ask you to input a password for securing Windows Virtual XP mode. Now that you have entered the password and filled up the credentials in the startup wizard you can login to the Virtual Windows XP environment in your Windows 7 system. Installing essential security programs like antivirus and antispyware in the virtual Windows XP mode will help you to avoid possible infections from various sources.
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