Windows XP Mode is a specially prepared distribution for Microsoft Virtual PC, allowing you to run a full version of Windows XP in Windows 7. You can run the program by running it as a regular application or by running it in its separate window. With WinXP's compatibility issues, this may be beneficial to fix in-place compatibility problems if your favorite programs haven't worked with Win7.
In Windows XP Mode, you can perform all the operations you might have performed on a normal system. There are a variety of ways to work with hard drives and CDs, as well as flash drives, applications, work with files, as well as use office software. Because the program was created to facilitate the migration to Windows 7, some programs that consume a lot of resources and actively use the graphics adapter, such as 3D games, may not work.
After installing the programs in the virtual OS, links to them become available in Windows 7, Start menu→Windows Virtual PC→Windows XP Mode Applications. When you start a link to a program from the menu, the virtual operating system will automatically start up in invisible mode and the selected application.
The system requires Microsoft Virtual PC software installed and hardware virtualization support from the processor. The XP Mode package contains Windows XP Professional Service Pack 3.
- a complete Windows XP SP3 operating system;
- the ability to work with the operating system as with a standard application;
- the ability to run Windows XP applications directly from Windows 7;
- the small size of the installer;
- easy installation and use of the system.