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08-20-2009 10:28 AM
Trying to decide whether to press on with my old machine or get a new one. Wife's new laptop has Vista and I am not happy with it.
Noticed on Windows website that Windows7 Professional offers "XP mode" with the statement that additional software will be necessary and provided.
My question is... will "XP mode" allow the bulk of my favorite programs that run on XP (but not on Vista) to run or will it require separate "additional software" for each individual program?
Also, will the "folder tasks" panel re-appear in 7? I miss "move to" and "copy to"... etc.
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08-22-2009 10:26 AM - edited 08-22-2009 10:31 AM
A bit of clarification since the other response is not really a complete answer. XP Mode involves running a (mostly) seamless version of XP Professional through Windows Virtual PC in WIndows 7 Professional and higher. What you do is download the add-on and a licensed copy of XP Pro that will only run in Windows Virtual PC. The non-seamless part is that things like some Aero effects do not work.
XP Mode, however, does not run on all machines, has very specific hardware requirements and can result in a pretty heavy hit on system performance on some setups. The essential requirement is bios enabled hardware virtualization support (i.e.., Intel VT or AMD-V enabled processors/motherboards). For reference, many HP machines cannot run XP Mode because the processors do not support hardware virtualization. Other machines may have processors that support it but then do not offer a bios option to turn it on. If your processor does not support hardware virtualization (or you don't have a bios switch to turn it on), XP mode will not work and there are no work arounds - it is an all or nothing proposition. I would strongly recommend doing your homework on your existing or possible new machine before making a decision if XP Mode is part of the equation. You could otherwise end up being seriously disappointed.
On my end, my HP laptop (with a recent mid-level Core2Duo processor) cannot run XP mode since hardware virtualization was stripped out of a bunch of Intel processors as a cost savings. Although most XP apps actually work in Vista and Windows 7 if you just change compatibility mode for the app to XP SP2 or SP3, two custom apps don't so I run a virtual copy of XP in Windows 7 through Sun's Virtualbox.
08-22-2009 01:04 PM
Thanks SWY... except now I am confused again. Obviously I am not a technical person. My intent is to buy a new machine after 7 comes out. I just hope that there will be a way for me to discern if a particular machine meets the requirements.
Your help is much appreciated........