| Getting Started
| System Requirements
| Windows XP Mode OPK and Software
| Windows Virtual PC Software
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.
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.
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.
Download the update to the Windows XP Mode and Windows Virtual PC software.
This high-level information will help you understand how Windows XP Mode works, as well as how to set up and install it.
- 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 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.