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 a Technology Solutions Professional for Microsoft's data platform and works out of Microsoft's Houston office. Prior to joining Microsoft, he was a Microsoft SQL Server MVP. He is 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. John is also a Registered Nurse who graduated from Vanderbilt University with a Master of Science in Nursing Informatics and is an active member of the Sigma Theta Tau nursing honor society. He volunteers as a nurse at safety net clinics. Contributing author to SQL Server MVP Deep Dives
and SQL Server MVP Deep Dives Volume 2