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Win 7 XP mode pros and cons

By Lei Fan ·
Win 7 introduces XP mode which basically is a Virtual PC running a XP virtual hard drive file. The virtual app feature allows the application installed in XP to be opened seamlessly on your Win 7 desktop. This is a very nice feature helps with some application compatibility issues. And it is free with Win 7 Pro and Ultimate edition.

What are the major concerns of using this feature?

1. It might consume one IP depends on your virtual NIC setting.
2. Since it is a Windows XP based virtual machine, you need to include one anti-virus software license for this PC...unless you want it to be completely local.
3. Patch management for one extra host in your network.
4. It is per-user profile based, so when you log in as a different user and want to use the application only works with XP, you have to reconfigure the XP mode and reinstall the application. Well, you can move around the VHD file...but you might lose some functionalities.
5. Extremely long first time launching...because you have to wake up/boot up the virtual machine first.
6. Depends on your hardware specs, it might cause minor performance issue.

What is your opinion on XP mode?

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any opinion?

by Lei Fan In reply to Win 7 XP mode pros and co ...

any opinion?

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Opinion.

by seanferd In reply to Win 7 XP mode pros and co ...

If you have to have XP, and you don't have machines running it natively, what choice do you have aside from using a different virtualization product (VirtualBox, VMWare)?

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did not mean to say XP mode was bad

by Lei Fan In reply to Opinion.

just want to list some of the concerns when use it.

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Reasonably good alternative

by Chandu N In reply to Win 7 XP mode pros and co ...

Windows 7 desktop hardware should support hardware-assisted virtualization. Otherwise, XP mode virtual PC doesn't run. All latest hardware has this support. IMO, Citrix XenApp is a good alternative for running incompatible applications.

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Windows XP

by mutuellesante In reply to Win 7 XP mode pros and co ...

if Windows XP : you don't have machines running it natively, what choice do you have aside from using a different virtualization product
http://mutuelle-en-france.net

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vmware

by mutuelles In reply to Win 7 XP mode pros and co ...

Why don't you use a VmWare ? Just install your win xp on the vmware.
If you use a mac, I think there is bootcamp that can do the same.
See ya.
http://mutuelle-mutuelles.fr

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No free XP licence if you use vmware

by Slayer_ In reply to vmware

Also, no cool integration. XP mode programs behave exactly like Win7 programs, they access the same files, and support file associations and many other neat things.

Even neater, use Disk2VHD and convert your old system to a VHD, then mount in in windows virtual PC and install machine additions, and it can be your XP mode. Your old computer functions as XP mode to your new computer.

It has other uses as well, I use it to have two versions of office installed together and running side by side. I installed Vista themes on my XP mode and now my XP applications look almost the same as the aero glass applications (without the transparency).

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