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: Hummmm.
by kaiwai on Sat 25th Apr 2009 06:48 UTC in reply to "Hummmm. "
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Sounds good IF you have the hardware for it as always.

Meaning you have to have a VT processor in your PC. If you dont you can't take advantage of it.

As always, something cool from MS that is just not quite there. :-( Too bad so sad for most.

If you read the fabulously friendly article it states:

However, XPM is not Hyper-V for the client.

So you can run it on hardware that doesn't have hypervisor - it might not run as fast but it'll work. With that being said, most hardware in the last 3 or so years have some form of hypervisor included.

I wish they would scrap all compatibility (shims and other stuff) in favour of having XPM - where compatibility is provided by the actual operating system it was intended to run on rather than trying to provide a compatibility layer.

Edited 2009-04-25 06:49 UTC

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