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[3]: Malware
by raboof on Sun 26th Apr 2009 11:17 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Malware"
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VirtualBox gives you the same thing for free on nearly every OS.

Well, technically, wouldn't VirtualBox give you the same thing for the price of a Windows XP license (are these still available? what do they cost?)? Or don't you need a license to use Windows XP if it's virtual with a Vista host?

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