Thursday 18 August 2011

How to Install XP Mode in Windows 7

you’ve gone through the trouble of installing Windows 7, you might wonder why you might want to use something called an “XP Mode.” After all, when you went through the upgrade process, didn’t you figure that XP was something you’d be leaving behind as a quaint relic of a bygone age? Why regress when the high-paced world of high tech is constantly screaming at you to progress?

Well, the need for such a thing isn’t Windows’ fault. It’s not even Microsoft’s fault. It’s not your fault, either. But just as you can’t play an old VCR tape of home movies that you made in the ’80s on a DVD player from the ’90s, there are some programs and applications that simply won’t run natively on Windows 7. Blame progress or the passage of time, if you must. As a result, you may find the need to trick your shiny, new, but oh, so naive system into thinking that the Old Software you’ve been using since December of ’01 should be allowed to run in Windows 7. Windows XP Mode is the ticket that’ll allow your obsolete, but beloved application to sneak into Windows 7 just like it belongs there.

Before installing XP Mode, verify that your computer meets all the hardware and software requirements.

Assuming that your computer meets all the hardware and software requirements, the steps for installing XP Mode are described below.

Go to the Windows Virtual PC Web site.

Select your edition of Windows 7 and the desired language for installation.

Click the Windows XP Mode download button.

Click Continue for Windows Validation. Then click Continue to download XP Mode.

Save the executable on your computer.

Once the download is complete, double click the WindowsXPMode_en-us.exe to begin the installation.

Click Next.

Click Next to accept the default installation directory.

Once the installation is complete, click Finish.

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