Microsoft finally announced the XP Mode optional feature for Windows 7: http://windowsteamblog.com/blogs/business/archive/2009/04/24/coming-soon-windows-xp-mode-and-windows-virtual-pc.aspx
. 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.
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About John Paul Cook
John Paul Cook is both a Registered Nurse and a Microsoft SQL Server MVP experienced in Microsoft 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. Experienced in systems integration and workflow analysis, John is passionate about combining his IT experience with his nursing background to solve difficult problems in healthcare. He sees opportunities in using business intelligence and Big Data to satisfy healthcare meaningful use requirements and improve patient outcomes. Contributing author to SQL Server MVP Deep Dives
and SQL Server MVP Deep Dives Volume 2