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Windows XP Mode: Providing Flexibility For You and Your Customers

We're committed to providing a smooth transition as your customers move to the Windows 7 operating system. Many of them will upgrade from Windows XP and will require the flexibility to run their current Windows XP applications.

We're focused on providing you with the right tools to help customers achieve their goals to:

  • Maximise productivity.
  • Manage their technology infrastructure and total cost of ownership.

Designed for Small Business

Windows XP Mode is a new feature of Windows 7 Professional, Ultimate and Enterprise. Many applications designed for Windows XP will run in Windows 7, but some legacy applications may not be compatible. Windows XP Mode allows many of these applications to run right from the Windows 7 desktop. Benefits include:

  • Ease of use: Time is precious for small-business customers. Windows XP Mode utilises Windows Virtual PC to launch Windows XP applications with a single click directly from the Windows 7 desktop.
  • Business continuity: In addition to enabling customers to run Windows XP applications virtually on a Windows 7-based PC, Windows XP Mode also supports many Windows XP devices—for instance, those connected to USB ports.
  • Cost management: Windows XP Mode extends the life of existing Windows XP applications and devices, and reduces the learning curve by using many familiar applications and devices.

Windows XP Mode Now Supported on PCs Without Virtualisation-Enabled Processors

Microsoft has removed the virtualisation-enabled processor requirement for Windows XP Mode on Windows 7 Professional and Ultimate. Windows XP Mode continues to use hardware virtualisation such as Intel Virtualisation Technology (Intel® VT) or the AMD-V™ chipset when available but it no longer requires them. Microsoft has released an update that enables PCs without hardware virtualisation to also take advantage of Windows XP Mode.

Getting Started

This high-level information will help you understand how Windows XP Mode works, as well as how to set up and install it.

Resource Description
Highlights Windows XP Mode features, system requirements and relevance to small and mid-sized businesses.
Provides answers to frequently asked questions about Windows XP Mode and Windows Virtual PC.
Helps you get started, use Windows XP Mode in the virtual environment and how to work with Windows CP Mode.
Windows XP Mode Testimonial
.wmv 3.5 MB
Includes responses from real-life customers who tried Windows XP Mode. (1 minute)
Introduction to Windows XP Mode: Video #1
.wmv 16.3 MB
Provides overview of Windows XP Mode. (2 minutes)
How to Install Windows XP Mode: Video #2
.wmv 24.3 MB
Demonstrates how to install Windows XP Mode. (4 minutes)
How to Install an Application on Windows XP Mode: Video #3
.wmv 24.9 MB
Demonstrates how to install an application on Windows XP Mode. (4 minutes)
Upgrading Small Business PCs
.wmv 23.7 MB
Demonstrates the basic steps to upgrade small business PCs to Windows 7. (2 minutes)

System Requirements

Windows 7 System

  • 1 GHz or faster 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor
  • 1 GB RAM (32-bit) / 2 GB RAM (64-bit)
  • 16 GB of available disk space (32-bit) / 20 GB (64-bit)
  • DirectX® 9 graphics processor with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver

Windows XP Mode OPK and Software and Windows Virtual PC Software

Windows XP Mode allows end users to run older Windows XP applications on Windows 7 Ultimate and Professional versions. Windows XP Mode installs a virtual hard disk file that contains Windows XP Professional Service Pack 3. Windows XP Mode requires a client virtualisation software like Windows Virtual PC.

Additional Resources

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