Microsoft hopes Windows 7 will be the upgrade that XP fans have been holding out for and to help ease that separation anxiety, the new OS offers something called XP mode. In this episode of TR Dojo, I explain what XP mode is and share five reasons why it may encourage XP hold outs to upgrade.
Note: In order to use Windows 7 XP Mode, Microsoft states that your processor must be "capable of hardware-assisted virtualization with AMD-V, Intel VT, or VIA VT turned on in the BIOS." You can determine if your hardware meets these requirements using the Microsoft Hardware-assisted virtualization (HAV) detection tool. Depending on your version of Windows 7, you'll also need to download and install both Windows XP Mode and Windows Virtual PC. You can get more information on Microsoft's Windows XP Mode and Windows Virtual PC Home Web page.
For those of you who prefer text to video, you can click the Transcript link that appears below the video player window or read Brien Posey's article, "10 reasons why Windows 7's XP Mode is a big deal," on which this episode is based.
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Bill Detwiler is Managing Editor of TechRepublic and Tech Pro Research and the host of Cracking Open, CNET and TechRepublic's popular online show. Prior to joining TechRepublic in 2000, Bill was an IT manager, database administrator, and desktop support specialist in the social research and energy industries. He has bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Louisville, where he has also lectured on computer crime and crime prevention.