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XP Mode in Windows 7

Microsoft finally announced the XP Mode optional feature for Windows 7: By adding an XP virtual machine to your Windows 7 installation, you have the perfect fallback position for applications that won't run under Windows 7. Just install an application in the XP virtual machine and publish it to your Windows 7 All Programs menu. When the published application runs, it will appear to be running from Windows 7, but it will really be running from the XP virtual machine. You don't provide XP media or a license. This is a free addition to WIndows 7.
Published Sunday, April 26, 2009 1:22 AM by John Paul Cook
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RickHeiges said:

Sounds great!  Have you played with it much?  How big is the perf hit?

April 26, 2009 10:38 AM

AaronBertrand said:

Performance hit, compared to running XP in the first place?  Which is slower, an African tortoise or a Galapagos tortoise?  :-)

April 26, 2009 12:13 PM

Paul White said:

Wow - now that's a great feature.  I hope Microsoft keep it in for RTM.


April 27, 2009 8:41 AM

John Paul Cook said:

I haven't noticed a performance hit, but I have really good hardware. On a 3.0 GHz quad core system with 8 GB of ram and multiple drives, performance is excellent. But on machines like that, performance of just about everything is excellent. This level of machine is fairly common for people who build their own machines.

April 30, 2009 3:33 PM

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About John Paul Cook

John Paul Cook is a database and Azure specialist in Houston. He previously worked as a Data Platform Solution Architect in Microsoft's Houston office. Prior to joining Microsoft, he was a SQL Server MVP. He is experienced in SQL Server and Oracle database application design, development, and implementation. He has spoken at many conferences including Microsoft TechEd and the SQL PASS Summit. He has worked in oil and gas, financial, manufacturing, and healthcare industries. John is also a Registered Nurse currently studying to be a psychiatric nurse practitioner. Contributing author to SQL Server MVP Deep Dives and SQL Server MVP Deep Dives Volume 2. Connect on LinkedIn

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