Support For Windows 7 Xp Mode

Windows 7 is doing a lot better than Windows Vista did. As far as the OS roll out is going, there are still legacy devices out there that still do not have drivers and software updates to work with the new Windows 7. The huge masses of users who have held on to Windows XP are quite vulnerable to this issue which is why Microsoft made XP Mode virtualization to ease the trouble of transition.

XP Mode is a wholly, licensed copy of Windows XP with Service Pack 3 included in a virtual hard disk (VHD) that runs under Windows Virtual PC. XP-mode enables you to operate Windows XP from within Windows 7 . One can add USB devices and seamlessly access the drives on the host Windows 7 system. Windows XP-mode,very importantly, lets you use Windows 7, while still offering a platform for you to use legacy hardware that is not compatible with Windows 7.

There is a god reason here.. Windows XP Mode is only accessible for the Windows 7 Professional, Windows 7 Ultimate, and Windows 7 Enterprise editions.. The millions of consumers who still use Windows XP and are considering whether or not to change to Windows 7 Home Premium do not have the hope of leveraging XP Mode to connect older hardware or incompatible software.

The core components which are most important for Windows XP Mode are built in to the operating system, but one will have to download Windows Virtual PC and Windows XP Mode differently. Although Windows Home Premium users can not use Windows XP Mode, you can still use Windows Virtual PC to create your own virtual computer environments.

There is a catch here as well. The hardware of the computer that you install Windows 7 and Windows XP Mode on should support hardware-assisted virtualization. What makes this a particularly tricky catch is that it kind of contradicts the purpose of Windows XP Mode. If one is still running Windows XP and deploying legacy hardware devices, odds are good that you are also using older computer hardware that won’t have the necessary technology to use Windows XP Mode. If that is the case, one will have to buy a new system rather than just upgrading, but one can still use Windows XP Mode to attach older peripherals.

Windows XP Mode is fast. Amazingly fast and it works, and it works awesomely well. It has been proven quite fairly that installing and working with the Windows XP Mode is found to be significantly easier and more gratifying than any other virtual computing environment . If there are legacy peripherals that refuse to work natively in Windows 7, then make sure that it doesn’t stop you from taking advantage of the many imporvisations in Windows 7.

It turns out to be quite unfortunate that Microsoft did not include Windows XP Mode as an choice for Windows Home Premium. Millions of consumers still heavily bank on Windows XP and Microsoft is banking on them to make the change to Windows 7. It is pretty sullen enough that there is no seamless upgrade from Windows XP to Windows 7. The least the software developers could have done was to offer consumers with Windows XP Mode to make the transition more faster and easier.