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Windows 7 XP mode
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Written by Ian Edwards   
Monday, 08 February 2010

If ever there was an example of technology wrapped up in marketing to make it snappy it's Windows 7's "XP Mode". This sounds as if it's a bit of new technology but of course it isn't. XP Mode is Microsoft's get out of jail card to get round the software compatibility problems that plagued many business users of Vista, and is simply a copy of Windows XP Pro running inside a Virtual PC, both these components have to be downloaded and installed separately, but owning Windows 7 does entitle you to the XP licence. Microsoft's Virtual PC will only run on hardware with a processor with virtualization support (most recent machines will have this) and XP Mode is only supported on Windows 7 Professional and Ultimate editions.