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Windows XP Mode

An option for users who have the 64-bit version of Windows 7 and must run 16-bit DOS applications. Only 32-bit versions of Windows can run 16-bit DOS apps natively (see NTVDM), and Windows XP Mode (XPM) includes a complete copy of the 32-bit version of Windows XP along with Microsoft's Virtual PC software. See Virtual PC and virtual machine.

XP Mode Availability
XP Mode is free for users of Windows 7 Pro, Enterprise and Ultimate. Users of 64-bit Vista, 64-bit Windows 7 Home versions and 64-bit Windows 8 may employ VMware, Virtual PC (free) or any other Windows desktop virtualization product along with their own copy of Windows XP.

Although Microsoft dropped support for Windows XP Mode in Windows 8, it can be installed in Windows 8 if a user has technical expertise and a Windows XP installation disc. See desktop virtualization and Windows 7.

Windows XP Mode in Windows 7
XP Mode supports 16-bit applications, which require a 32-bit operating system.

XP Mode Uses Remote Desktop Protocol
Communication between the Windows 7 desktop and XP Mode applications is made via the Remote Desktop Protocol (see RDP and Remote Desktop Services).
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For example, at least 2 GB of RAM is required to run Windows XP Mode on Windows 7.
The new features included in the Windows XP Mode RC are:<br> - Windows XP Mode apps can attach with USB devices directly from Windows 7 taskbar.<br> - Drive sharing between Windows XP Mode and Windows 7 can be disabled when not needed.<br> - Initial setup now includes user tutorials for using Windows XP Mode better<br> - Location of Windows XP Mode differencing disk files stored can now be customized<br> - Most recently used files in Windows XP Mode applications can be accessed with a jump-list from Windows 7.
And, given that older incompatible applications can still run in Windows XP mode if need be, there really is no compelling reason to buy a 32-bit version of Windows 7.
"Windows XP Mode provides what we like to call that 'last mile' compatibility technology for those cases when a Windows XP productivity application isn't compatible with Windows 7," Microsoft spokesman Brandon LeBlanc wrote in a blog post.
Microsoft will include a feature that lets people run applications in a Windows XP mode on Windows 7 to ensure that applications not designed for the forthcoming OS can run on it, a company executive has said.
Only 8% said that they were "somewhat unsatisfied" or "very unsatisfied."<p>A major factor contributing to those positive attitudes is "Windows XP Mode," the add-on Microsoft announced in late May that lets users run applications designed for XP in a virtual machine in Windows 7.
The RC includes a couple of new features like; Remote Media Streaming, which allows you to stream stuff from your home PC to your work PC, and in the pro versions, Windows XP Mode.
The RC includes a couple of new features like; Remote Media Streaming, which allows you to stream stuff from your home PC to your work PC, for example, and in pro versions, Windows XP Mode. The beta version
For one, Starter does not offer the Vista-esque "Aero" graphical user interface; instead, it will use what Microsoft called a "Windows Basic" theme that resembles XP.<p>Also missing from Starter, said LeBlanc, is DVD playback; multi-monitor support; personalization tools that let users change the desktop wallpaper, colors and sound themes; the Windows Media Center software for watching recorded TV or other content; and domain support.<p>The low-end edition also lacks Windows XP Mode, the virtualized environment for running older applications.
New to the Windows 7 RC are advancements such as Remote Media Streaming, Windows XP Mode (beta) and the upcoming beta of the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor.
Scott Woodgate, director of Desktop Virtualization and Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP) at Microsoft announce that a beta release of Windows XP Mode for Windows 7 would be available tomorrow allowing users to install in XP mode which would also available in Windows 7.
will unveil an add-on to Windows 7 that lets users run applications designed for Windows XP in a virtual machine, the company confirmed Friday -- the first time Microsoft has relied on virtualization to provide backward compatibility.<p>Dubbed "Windows XP Mode," the add-on creates an XP virtual environment running under Virtual PC, Microsoft's client virtualization technology, within Windows 7, said Scott Woodgate, the director of Windows enterprise and virtualization strategy.<p>In a post to a company blog, Woodgate said the add-on is part of the pitch to convince businesses to migrate to Windows 7.