Virtual XP® mode in Windows® 7
Explain virtual XP mode and provide tips to set up and use XP mode in Windows 7?
Windows Virtual machine for Windows 7 is released as an update for Windows 7. With Virtual machine for Windows 7, it is possible to access an application directly from the desktop of the host operating system when the application is installed in the virtual machine that runs Windows XP or Windows Vista. Windows 7 Virtual PC also supports Windows Aero visual effect in the virtual machine. Windows XP Mode is a virtual PC image of Windows XP Service Pack 3 that which could run on Windows 7 Professional, Enterprise or Ultimate versions. Applications installed into Windows XP Mode might also run in Desktop Mode or Seamless Mode. Windows XP Mode also provides additional integration that traditional Virtual PC images might not be giving.
The following are the tips to set up and use XP mode in Windows 7:
- By installing software packages
- To fulfill system requirements
- By providing processor support
By installing software packages
Before setting up and using XP mode in Windows 7, you need to install two software packages on your PC. That are, Windows Virtual PC Beta and Windows XP Mode Beta. You need to download and install the Windows Virtual PC Beta, which is the virtualization software that powers "XP Mode". Also you need to download and install the Windows XP Mode Beta, which is a specially crafted XP virtual machine.
To fulfill system requirements
Also before setting up and using XP mode in Windows 7, you need to make sure your system meets the requirements. The requirements needed are Processor capable of hardware virtualization, with AMD-V or Intel VT turned on in the BIOS. Memory required is 2GB. The hard disk requirement needed is 20MB space for installing Windows virtual PC. Additional 15GB of hard disk space per virtual Windows environment is also recommended for setting up and using XP mode in Windows 7.
By providing processor support
While setting up and using XP mode in Windows 7, you need to make sure that your processor supports hardware virtualization, for that you need to double-check that the hardware virtualization setting is enabled in your BIOS. The setting is often disabled although your processor might be supporting. If you have Intel then you might use the official Intel Processor Identification Utility, or you might also use Securable to determine t your AMD or Intel processor might support XP Mode.
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