Windows® XP mode on Windows® 7
What are the issues that can occur when running the Windows XP mode on Windows 7?
Windows 7 has several in-built tools that normally help to increase the program compatibility. Windows 7 is an excellent operating system, which is equipped with new advanced features. Windows 7 provides good driver support and also has enhanced security features and improved system manageability. It usually focuses on preserving application and device compatibility. Most of the applications run on Windows 7 and some of them may not work. To avoid incompatibility problems, Windows 7 introduces the feature of Windows XP Mode. Windows XP mode on Windows 7 allows running of virtualized applications with the regular Windows 7 applications. System requirements include 2GB of memory, 20MB hard disk space and processor with AMD-V or Intel VT turned on in the BIOS. Ensure that the processor supports hardware virtualization, and also check that the hardware virtualization setting is enabled in your BIOS. This feature allows you to run a full functional version of Windows XP within Windows 7, with the help of tools called Virtual PC.
Following are the issues that that may come up while running the Windows XP mode on Windows 7:
- Compatibility issues
- Virtualization problem
- Security issues
If your computer does not meet the system requirements then the Windows XP mode and Virtual PC would not work properly. A CPU support is essential so that you get virtualization in order to run Windows XP Mode. Some hardware and devices that are compatible with Windows 7 may not be compatible with Windows XP Mode. They would not be detected in the Windows XP mode.
The hardware-assisted virtualization is a utility that checks whether your computer would work with Windows XP mode. If you got an error message related to the virtualization, it implies that the CPU does not support hardware-assisted virtualization. You are advised to turn on virtualization settings in your computer's basic input/output system (BIOS). Usually the error message would be “Unable to start Windows Virtual PC because hardware-assisted virtualization is disabled” or “Windows Virtual PC cannot start because this computer does not support hardware-assisted virtualization”.
Security includes keeping both the operating system in a secure state. It also includes having to invest on the security products for both the operating systems. You need to install lot of security software programs to keep the system free from viruses. For downloading purposes, only use the licensed or authorized websites.
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