Windows 7 will have Windows XP mode which will allow users to install and run your Windows XP applications directly from your Windows 7-based PC. It utilizes virtualization technology, such as Windows Virtual PC, to provide a virtual Windows XP environment for Windows 7. We have already written about the minimum requirements to run XP mode and also done a detailed review on the XP mode. Windows XP mode which was previously in beta stage has now entered Release Candidate (RC). The new version of XP mode RC will be compatible with Windows 7 RC or Windows 7 RTM.
New features added to the Windows XP mode RC;
- You can now attach USB devices to Windows XP Mode applications directly from the Windows 7 task-bar. This means your USB devices, such as printers and flash drives, are available to applications running in Windows XP Mode, without the need to go into full screen mode.
- You can now access Windows XP Mode applications with a “jump-list”. Right click on the Windows XP Mode applications from the Windows 7 task bar to select and open most recently used files.
- You now have the flexibility of customizing where Windows XP Mode differencing disk files are stored.
- You can now disable drive sharing between Windows XP Mode and Windows 7 if you do not need that feature.
- The initial setup now includes a new user tutorial about how to use Windows XP Mode.