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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Purpose of VM
by dnstest on Tue 28th Apr 2009 04:29 UTC
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Does anyone have any info on what version of XP will run in the VM? Will this be a 32-bit copy of XP, even if the Windows 7 host system is 64-bit? If this is the case, the VM's main purpose IMHO is to allow for 16-bit compatibility (and apps that require NTVDM to run). Windows 7 already has the ability to run the 32-bit code itself.

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