Windows XP Mode now accessible to more PCs

Windows XP Mode now accessible to more PCs

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We’re announcing an update to Windows XP Mode today that will make it a more accessible to PCs in small and midsize businesses who want to migrate to Windows 7 Professional but have applications that still require Windows XP. Windows XP Mode will no longer require hardware virtualization technology to run. This change makes it extremely easy for businesses to use Windows XP Mode to address any application incompatibility roadblocks they might have in migrating to Windows 7. Windows XP Mode will of course continue to use hardware virtualization technology such as Intel VT (Intel Virtualization Technology) or AMD-V if available. You can find more information and download the update which will go live later today here.

Windows XP Mode is designed for small and midsize businesses. For enterprise customers, we recommend they use Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization (MED-V) which is part of the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack for Software Assurance. MED-V provides deployment and manageability features better fit to address the needs of the enterprise customer. For more information on MED-V, click here. You can discover how MED-V works with deployment and management of virtual Windows desktops in key scenarios for the enterprise here on the Springboard Series on TechNet. And Stephen Rose recently blogged about our MED-V SP1 release here.

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  • XP mode is great.  I can get around fast again without relearning 7 details    

  • thank you

  • My comment comes from the fact there there isn't any management support for Windows 7 Virtual PC and Windows XP Mode

  • It would be nice to see MED-V 2.0 come out or at least have the current MED-V optionally utilize Windows 7 Virtual PC technology instead of the defunct Virtual PC 2007.

  • Who wants to use Virtual PC and XP Mode? Just use VirtualBox. This works way better and can even run 64-bit guests on a 32-bit host.

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  • bigjim01
    27 Posts

    More importantly, when are you going to update the product to allow 64 bit guests to be created. We need a better solution than carrying around two machines for demostration and learning purposes!!!

  • @ Abortretryfail,  See Brandon's post above where he states "remember Windows XP Mode works only on Windows 7 Professional or higher"


  • this is insane!!! I got windows xp mode running on my atom powered netbook with 1GB ram!

    question though... will this also now work with the lower versions of windows 7? I'm using ultimate on this netbook. but what about home premium and on down? will this also work? will you need a copy of xp and product key for those versions or will windows xp mode run the same way as pro, ultimate, and enterprise?

  • Great news, thanks for making XP mode available to more people :-)

  • xombie
    2 Posts

    This is awesome :D

  • wow... great.

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  • First, I would just like to thank you for removing this restriction.  I applaud your efforts in continuing to improve Windows 7.  Now, I downloaded and installed this update on a Dell D610 laptop but receive an error stating that this update is not applicable for my system.  I'm a bit puzzled by this message.  Anyone else experiencing an issue with this update?

  • So big question now is: Does the MED-V v1.0 SP1 support the use of XP Mode without HAV?

    I am in serious need of the USB integration features specifically for smart card readers.

  • Duane Duane
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  • @someone, when you go to the download page for Windows XP Mode ( you need to choose your Windows 7 version (remember Windows XP Mode works only on Windows 7 Professional or higher) and language. It will then give you 3 buttons to files you need to download including a "Windows XP Mode Update". You want to download and install this update if you already have Windows XP Mode installed. This will remove the hardware virtualization technology requirement.

    @7flavor, glad you like this change :-) It is very seldom I see that kind of reaction from you here so this is awesome.

  • someone
    156 Posts

    How will we know when the new version is available and the one we're downloading is not the old one?

  • 7flavor
    352 Posts