Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 24th Apr 2009 23:44 UTC, submitted by google_ninja
Windows It's something lots of people here on OSNews have been waiting for. It's something we've talked about, something we've theorised about, and something we've declared as the future for Windows' backwards compatibility - and now it's here, and official. Over a month ago, Microsoft bloggers Rafael Rivera and Paul Thurrott have been briefed by Microsoft on a technology for Windows 7 called Windows XP Mode. Available as a free download for Windows 7 Professional, Enterprise, and Ultimate users, it's a fully integrated and licensed copy of Windows XP SP3 in a VirtualPC-based environment, with full "coherence" support. In other words, it's Microsoft's variant of Apple's Classic environment, and it's coming to Windows 7, for free. Near-instant update: The Windows 7 RC will indeed be available publicly on May 5. TechNet/MSDN will get it April 30.
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RE: Malware
by Thom_Holwerda on Sat 25th Apr 2009 00:02 UTC in reply to "Malware"
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Can it still be infected using classic techniques? If it is a VM then it is a yes.

I'm sure it will run in a sandbox, so you're pretty safe.

Also will it get updates beyond xpsp3 end date. I mean will it be supported with security updates for the life of win7. It might be xpsp3 but this is a new product with new packaging.

Well, hopefully, patches for the virtual Windows XP will just make their way onto your machine via Windows 7's update panel. It'd be pretty braindead (but oh-so--typically-Microsoft) if you had to use the virtual XP's Windows Update.

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