By setting up the virtual Windows XP mode within Windows 7, you can greatly extend the functionality of your new environment.
Adapted from “Microsoft Windows 7 Administrator’s Reference” (Syngress, an imprint of Elsevier)
Windows XP mode is one of the more flexible and useful aspects of Windows 7. If you do indeed have a supported version of Windows 7 and your computer can support virtualization, download Windows XP Mode and you’ll be almost ready to go.
Windows XP Mode is a complete Virtual Hard Disk (VHD) with Windows XP SP3. Once you have it installed, you still need to set it up. This is indeed a separate implementation of a full OS. You need to go through the setup routine just as if it were installed on a standalone computer. The big difference is that once you’re done, your machine will run both Windows XP and Windows 7.
Follow these instructions to install Windows XP Mode on your Windows 7 machine:
We now have Windows XP Mode installed, but we still need to set it up. Remember this is a separate implementation of a full OS. The following steps will get you through it easily:
Express Install: This option will install all the recommended and critical updates.
Custom Install: This option will list all the available updates and let you select the ones you want to install.
Because this is a VM and you’re only using it to run applications that won’t run in Windows 7, the Express Install is the recommended choice. You’re only interested in the recommended and critical patches in mostly all instances. If you require any additional updates for your specific application, then choosing the Custom Install will allow you to be selective. Click Install for either option to install the updates.
Jorge Orchilles began his networking career as a network administrator for the small private school he attended. He’s currently a security operating center analyst, and recently completed his Master of Science degree in management information systems at Florida International University.
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