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: Comment by sumone
by kaiwai on Sun 26th Apr 2009 04:03 UTC in reply to "Comment by sumone"
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What I'd love to see is for Microsoft to provide a free vanilla Windows XP Virtual PC image that allows an end user to put their old Windows XP OEM serial number in it and thus retain the benefits of Windows XP which came with their machine. After all, they did pay for the software - why shouldn't they be allowed to use it within a virtualised computer to make migration to Windows 7 easier?

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