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What is Windows XP Mode?

Windows XP Mode* is a new benefit available in Windows 7 Professional and above designed primarily with small and midsize businesses in mind.

Windows XP Mode comes as a separate download and makes it possible to run many older Windows XP productivity applications directly from your Windows 7 desktop.

Introduction

With Windows XP Mode, you get the best of both worlds. You can get all the benefits from Windows 7, and continue to use what you already have.

How to download and install

Before you can use Windows XP Mode on your Windows 7 PC, you must learn about system requirements and follow some steps before downloading it.

How to install applications

Learn how to install your older Windows XP productivity applications on your Windows 7 Professional PC.

Business continuity

Business continuity

  • Run many older Windows XP productivity applications in Windows XP Mode

  • Support many Windows XP devices via USB connections

Cost management

Cost management

  • Extend the life of existing Windows XP applications and devices

  • Reduce learning curve by using familiar applications and devices

Easy to use

Easy to use

  • Install and configure applications in a familiar Windows XP environment

  • Launch Windows XP applications directly from the Windows 7 desktop

Windows XP Mode options available to you
Windows XP Mode options available to you:

You already have Windows XP Mode installed and enabled in your Windows 7 Professional-based PC.

or

You can run Windows XP Mode after a free download, see above video for installation instructions.

Get Windows XP Mode

Windows XP Mode questions?
Windows XP Mode questions?

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*Windows XP Mode runs on Windows 7 Professional and Ultimate. If not pre-installed, it can be downloaded free from Microsoft.