Sometimes an application or piece of peripheral equipment is useful long after the operating system it was originally designed for has been replaced. Keeping these legacies up and running often takes some creative maintenance of older machines running older software.

With a feature called XP Mode in Windows 7, Microsoft hopes to make it easier to use legacy applications and equipment. In this video, ZDNet’s Ed Bott, blogger of Ed Bott’s Microsoft Report, shows you how the new XP Mode works and suggests a few possible uses for the feature.

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