Saturday, January 16, 2010

How To Configure Windows XP Mode In Windows 7 Operating System

What is Windows XP Mode
Windows 7 has come out with a new feature called Windows XP Mode. It lets you run older Windows XP Operating system right on the Windows 7 Operating System Desktop. Windows XP Mode is available as a separate download and works only with Windows 7 professional, Ultimate and Enterprise. At the same time, Windows XP Mode requires Virtualization Software like Windows Virtual PC and both of them are available free for download on Microsoft website. If you want to download the Windows XP Mode, you can visit Windows Virtual PC site.




Install and use Windows XP Mode in Windows 7
Using Windows XP Mode in Windows 7 Operating System, you can run programs that are designed for Windows XP on the Computers running Windows 7 Professional, Enterprise and Ultimate Editions.
How does Windows XP Mode work?
Windows XP Mode works in two ways like a Virtual Operating System and in a way to open programs within Windows 7. If you access the Windows XP Mode, it will run in a separate window on the Desktop of the Windows 7. In this mode, you can access your physical CD/DVD drives, install programs, save files and perform other tasks just like you are accessing a real Windows XP based Computer. If you install a program using Windows XP Mode, the program will be appeared in the both Windows XP Mode’s list of programs and in the Windows 7 Operating System’s list of programs. Therefore, you can directly open the specified program from Windows 7.



Important Notes:
Usually most of the programs are compatible with Windows Vista and the majority of the Windows XP programs are compatible with Windows 7. If you find any program that never runs in Windows 7, you can try the Program Compatibility troubleshooter. Earlier this mode was designed to help business move from Windows XP to Windows 7. Moreover, it is not optimized for graphic-intensive programs like 3D games and it is not suitable for programs with hardware requirements like TV tuners.
Requirements for Windows XP Mode
Before you download and install Windows Virtual PC and Windows XP Mode, you need to make sure your computer meets both hardware and software requirements for running these programs.
You have to ensure if your Computer is suitable with both Hardware and Software requirements for the programs like Windows Virtual PC and Windows XP Mode. After that, you have to confirm the requirements.
Windows XP Mode needs:
• A computer capable of hardware virtualization. This means your computer has a central processing unit (CPU) with either Intel-VT or AMD-V virtualization features.
• A Computer with the compatibility of Hardware Virtualization. It means, your Computer should have a CPU with either an Intel-VT or AMD-V Virtualization features.
• The Virtualization feature should be turned on in your Computer’s basic input/output system (BIOS).
• You should have any of the following Operating System, Windows 7 Professional Operating System, Windows 7 Enterprise Operating System or Windows 7 Ultimate Operating System,
Before you begin
If your Computer doesn’t have any of the requirements, Windows Virtual PC and the Windows XP Mode wont work normally even if you are able to download and install them. Therefore, you have to ensure the following before you being the process.
• You should ensure if your Computer’s CPU is capable of Hardware Virtualization. If you want to ensure visit Windows XP Mode and Windows Virtual PC Support website and download the Hardware-assisted Virtualization tool. Using this utility you can check if your Computer is capable to run Windows XP Mode.
• If you receive any error message that says, "There is no hardware-assisted virtualization support in the system," it means your Computer’s CPU is not capable to support Hardware Virtualization.
• Ensure if your Hardware Virtualization is enabled in the BIOS. You have to turn the BIOS on Virtualization Settings in your Computer’s BIOS.
• Moreover, if you receive any error message that says "Hardware-assisted virtualization is disabled,” it means your Computer supports Hardware Virtualization, but you need to change the settings in your BIOS to enable the Hardware Virtualization.
• Ensure that you’re running Windows 7 Professional, Enterprise, or Ultimate Operating System. You can know it by click on the Start Button, Right Click on Computer and then choose Properties. The edition of Windows 7 you’re running is displayed under the Windows edition near the top of the Window.
• If you’re not running any of the above mentioned Operating System and you’ve verified that your Computer supports Hardware Virtualization, you need to consider Windows Anytime Upgrade to upgrade your edition of Windows 7 to Windows 7 Professional or Ultimate. (Windows 7 Enterprise isn't available in Windows Anytime Upgrade.)
Important Warning
You’ve to be very careful while changing BIOS Settings. The BIOS interface is designed for advanced users and it is possible to make a change that could prevent your Computer from starting correctly. So take care of it.

Installing and using Windows XP Mode
Now, you are ready to use Windows XP Mode in your Computer. Therefore, you need to download and install the Windows XP Mode which should be a licensed version of Windows XP Service Pack 3. At the same time, you also have to download and install the Windows Virtual PC, which is the program that runs Virtual Operating Systems on your Computer.
How to download and install Windows XP Mode
• Visit the Windows XP Mode and Windows Virtual PC website and the click on the Get Windows XP Mode and Windows Virtual PC now.
• After that, under Select your edition of Windows 7 and desired language for installation in Step 3, click the Select System drop-down list and then click on the edition of Windows 7 you’re currently running.
• Then click the Select Language drop-down list and then click on the language you want to use.
• After that, under Download and install Windows XP Mode, click Windows XP Mode.
• Now, click Open in order to install the program immediately, or click Save to save the installation file to your Computer. Then double click on the file and then click Run.
• Microsoft recommends you to save and keep the file on your Computer in case you need to reinstall Windows XP Mode.
• After that, in the Welcome to Setup for Windows XP Mode dialog box, click on Next.
• Then choose the location for the Virtual Hard Disk file that is used by Windows XP Mode or you can accept the default location and then click Next.
• Then you will get the Setup Completed screen, in that click Finish.

How to download and install Windows Virtual PC
• Visit the Windows XP Mode and Windows Virtual PC website and the click on the Get Windows XP Mode and Windows Virtual PC now.
• After that, under Select your edition of Windows 7 and desired language for installation in Step 3, click the Select System drop-down list and then click on the edition of Windows 7 you’re currently running.
• Then click the Select Language drop-down list and then click on the language you want to use.
• Now, click Open in order to install the program immediately, or click Save to save the installation file to your Computer. Then double click on the file and then click Run.
• If you want to install the Update for Windows click Yes.
• You should click I Accept, if you accept the license terms.
• Once you finish the installation process, click Restart Now to restart your Computer.

How to set up Windows XP Mode for first use
• First click on the Start button, choose All Programs, click Windows Virtual PC and then click on Windows XP Mode.
• Now, click I Accept the license terms and then click on Next.
• Now, you have to accept the default location where Windows XP Mode files will be stored, or choose a new location.
• After that, type a Password and type it again to reconfirm.
• Click Next.
• After that on the Help Protect your Computer page, decide if you want to help protect your Computer by turning on automatic updates and then click Next.
• Now, click Start Setup.
• Once you finish this process, Windows XP Mode will be opened in a separate window.



How to install and use a program in Windows XP Mode
• Even if you’re running Windows 7 with antivirus software, Windows XP Mode is not included with Antivirus software. Therefore, you should install the antivirus software in Windows XP Mode to help your Computer against viruses.
• Then in Windows 7, click on the Start Button, choose All Programs, click Windows Virtual PC and then choose Windows XP Mode.
• Now, in Windows XP Mode, insert the program’s installation disc into your Computer’s CD/DVD Drive or browse to the program’s installation file, open the file and follow the onscreen instructions to install the program.
• Now, you can click on the Close Button at the top of the Windows XP Mode Window.
• Now, in Windows 7, click on the Start Button, click Windows Virtual PC, click Windows XP Mode Applications and you can choose the Program you want to open.
• Remember, you will be prompted to close the Virtual Machine, if the Windows XP Mode window is open when you are trying to open a program in Windows XP Mode from Windows 7. Therefore, you have to save the data you want to keep in Windows XP Mode before closing it.



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