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: No Upgrades Since XP
by Vlad on Sun 26th Apr 2009 15:56 UTC in reply to "No Upgrades Since XP"
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You're being overly dramatic and more than a little asinine. How are Vista/7 "stripping user of their last rights"? Their last rights to what exactly? You do know that both Vista and 7 themselves have been massively pirated and that they feature the same activation crap that XP has, right?

If you're really just complaining about WMP, then just admit it and switch to MPC or VLC like everyone else.

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