XP Mode in Windows® 7 Ultimate
Get to know more about features and Benefits of XP mode in Windows 7 Ultimate
Windows 7 is the latest operating system by Microsoft and it is available in many versions, both in 32 and 64bit. Windows 7 Ultimate is the most powerful edition of Windows 7. It's suitable for a business computer and includes all entertainment features of Windows 7 Home Premium edition. You install many applications on your computer based on your needs. All these applications work on specific operating systems and many of these operating systems are based on 32 bit platform. Though, a 64 bit operating system delivers high performance, there are chances of non-compatibility issues. Keeping this in mind, Microsoft has included a Windows on Windows feature (WOW) on all 64 bit versions of Windows 7. This feature allows you to install and work on 32bit application even if you are on a 64bit operating system. Microsoft is working with many third party software vendors to make their applications compatible with Windows 7. In some rare cases when some applications do not work on Windows 7 because of compatibility issues, you can install XP mode in Windows 7. This allows you to install and run the older Windows XP compatible application. Windows virtual PC software is used to create a Windows XP environment in Windows 7. Once the XP mode is setup in Windows 7 Ultimate, you can launch Windows XP screen by double clicking an icon, like you open an application.
Following are some features of XP Mode in Windows 7 Ultimate:
- Seamless Application
- Folder Integration
- Printer Re-direction and USB Support
Windows XP mode allows you to install older application programs that work only on operating systems upto Windows XP. You can launch the application installed on Windows XP by just double clicking on an icon; the same way you open an application installed on Windows 7. This makes Windows 7 more flexible and user friendly. You can update Windows Virtual software to enhance its features.
There are some common folders like My documents, My music and My pictures, etc. in Windows 7 where you save your personal files. All these folders can be accessed in Windows XP environment. Users can copy data from these folders and use it in Windows XP mode. So, there is no need of dual booting or installing two operating systems on the same computer.
You can print from any applications installed in Windows XP mode and Windows 7 would print it for you. There is no need to install separate printer drivers. USB devices such as cameras, scanners, flash drive, etc. that are connected on the computer can be accessed in Windows XP mode. In short, Windows XP mode runs like an installed application on Windows 7.
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