Installing drivers for Windows® XP Mode in Windows® 7
Are you using XP mode in Windows 7? Find out more about the drivers you need.
Windows 7 Ultimate supports a feature known as XP mode. In this mode, users would be able to execute old Windows XP-based applications on their computers installed with Windows 7. This would come in very handy for Windows 7 users who have some work related with Windows XP application to execute, but a Windows 7 compatible version is not available. However, users should bear in mind that in order to run Windows XP mode on Windows 7 the version of Windows 7 must be either Windows 7 Professional, Windows 7 Ultimate or Windows 7 Enterprise, 15Gb of hard disk space, users must have a latest processor (that supports chip level virtualization), at least 2GB of RAM. As Windows XP automatically detects the drivers for most USB device such as printers, scanners, gamepads etc. users would not have to install drivers for these devices. However, if users are using XP mode in Windows 7 for other purposes such as entertainment or playing games then respective graphic drivers, video drivers and sound drivers would have to be installed. These drivers would help the hardware devices communicate with the OS.
Following details mentioned below gives users more information regarding role of drivers in XP mode of Windows 7:
- Enhance performance
- Reduce errors
- Effective functioning of hardware
Correct XP specific drivers are essential for operating your system in XP mode to its full efficiency. If the device connected to the system in XP mode does not have the correct drivers, then lots of system resources would be used up when the devices are in operation. Installing the correct drivers ensure that minimum system resources are used up when the devices are in operation which would enhance the overall performance of Windows 7 in XP mode.
Installation of correct and proper XP mode drivers for Windows 7 would reduce the numbers of errors that would come up with the use of the specific devices. With correct drivers, the communication between the OS and the device would be flawless which would automatically reduce the errors. Reduction in errors means that the overall reliability of the system would increase.
Although basic drivers for devices would get installed with the operating system of a computer, they would not be able to make use of the hardware device in the best possible manner. With specific drivers for the hardware, the communication between the OS and the device would be in the most efficient manner which ensures the hardware is utilized in best possible manner.
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