Microsoft Windows 7 XP Mode environment uses Microsoft Windows Virtual PC technology to run those old Windows XP software seamlessly in Windows 7 Operating System (OS), and launch them from the Windows 7 desktop with just a single click.
Requirements to run Windows XP Mode with Windows Virtual PC in Windows 7 OS:
- 2 GB for installing Windows XP Mode. Additional 15 GB of available hardisk space for a virtual Windows environment.
Procedures to install Windows XP Mode and Windows Virtual PC in Windows 7 OS:
- Please power on your Windows 7 OS pc/notebook and go to your pc/notebook BIOS.
- Assume you are already running Windows 7 Enterprise SP1 x86 OS. Please surf "Windows Virtual PC" to download Windows XP Mode (492,597,008 bytes) and Windows Virtual PC installers according to your Windows 7 OS types. You will need to install a Windows Activation Update software from Microsoft website to verify that you have a non-pirated copy of Windows OS installed before you are allowed to download the installers.
- After downloading the Windows XP Mode and Windows Virtual PC installers, kindly install Windows XP Mode first by double-clicking the file WindowsXPMode_nn-NN.exe (where nn-NN is the locale code, for example, en-US) and then completing the wizard that opens.
After finishing installing the Windows XP Mode, kindly install Windows Virtual PC by double-clicking either the files Windows6.1-KB958559-x86.msu or Windows6.1-KB958559-x64.msu, depending on your processor type. The installation will prompt you whether you want to install the Windows software update for Windows (KB958559), kindly click "Yes". At the end of the Windows Virtual PC installation, [save your work (if any) first] kindly click the "Restart Now" button to restart your pc.
- In your Windows 7 environment, kindly click "Start" -> "All Programs" -> "Windows Virtual PC" -> "Windows XP Mode". Kindly click the "Start the virtual machine" button.
After accepting the Microsoft Windows XP Mode License Agreement,
After the setup of the Windows XP Mode virtual machine is completed, you will be presented with a "Windows XP Mode - Windows Virtual PC" window. You can start installing and running your old Windows XP software within this Windows XP Mode virtual machine (also known asDesktop Mode) exactly as if you were running them on a Windows XP-based PC. Please make sure that during your installation of the old Windows XP software in the Windows XP Mode virtual machine, your installation is set for "everyone" (All Users) usage so that your old Windows XP software link(s) that are stored at \Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs will be automatically publish in your Windows 7 OS Start Menu under "Start" -> "All Programs" -> "Windows Virtual PC" -> "Windows XP Mode" -> "Windows XP Mode Applications".
If you don't want an old Windows XP software (eg: an anti-Virus software) in the Windows XP Mode virtual machine to automatically publish its link(s) to the Windows 7 OS Start Menu, you can either
Running Windows XP applications in Seamless Mode
Windows XP Mode virtual machine for Microsoft Windows 7 enables you to run your old Windows XP software directly from the Windows 7 desktop in what is called “Seamless Mode” . This means that once you have installed a software in Windows XP Mode virtual machine, it will also appear in your Microsoft Windows 7 "All Programs" menu, along with all of your other Windows 7 applications.
Hence, you do not have to open the Windows XP Mode desktop environment in order to run these old Windows XP software. Simply launch them directly from the Windows 7 Start Menu (or from the Windows 7 desktop, if you have already created a desktop shortcut there for that software). Launching this old Windows XP software also means launching the Windows XP Mode virtual machine. Thus, it may take a while for the software to complete this process. To speed up the boot up process of the Windows XP Mode virtual machine, you should put it into “hibernation” mode when not in use. After the Windows XP Mode virtual machine is launched, the old Windows XP software will perform exactly like any other applications on the Windows 7 desktop.
Hibernation vs Log-Off
When you are through working with the Windows XP Mode environment (Desktop Mode), you can put it into “hibernation” mode simply by clicking on the "Action" -> "Close" button in the upper left corner.
If it is the first time that you have run a Windows XP application in Desktop mode, you may be asked to log-off before the Windows XP virtual machine completes the hibernation process. Once you have logged on again, you can continue to work in the regular Windows 7 mode, Windows XP Seamless Mode, or Windows XP Desktop Mode whenever you like.
Shutdown Windows XP Mode environment (Desktop Mode)
When you are through working with the Windows XP Mode environment (Desktop Mode), you can put it into “shutdown” mode simply by clicking on the "Ctrl+Alt+Del" (upper right corner) -> "Shut Down" -> "Shut down" -> "OK".
Change the Windows XP Mode virtual machine settings
Kindly ensure that your Windows XP Mode virtual machine was shutdown. In your Microsoft Windows 7 environment, kindly click "Start" -> "All Programs" -> "Windows Virtual PC". Kindly select the Windows XP Mode virtual machine and click the "Settings" button. It is recommended to change the memory for your Windows XP Mode virtual machine to at least 512 MB so that it can run smoothly. Please note that the amount of memory that can allocate to the Windows XP Mode virtual machine is limited by the available memory on your physical machine.
Virtual Machine file types and backup/restore your virtual machine
Please surf "Various File Types for Virtual Machine Backup in Windows Virtual PC" for more information.