The PressPass Q&A we posted today addressed a number of questions around Windows XP Mode. I wanted to clarify in more detail the differences between Windows XP Mode and MED-V and how specifically MED-V v2, a component of the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP), adds management to Windows XP Mode.
The main facts:
Windows XP Mode is specifically designed to help small-business users to run their Windows XP applications on their Windows 7 desktop.
- Windows XP Mode is available for Windows 7 Professional, Windows 7 Ultimate and Windows 7 Enterprise customers.
- Windows XP Mode combines Windows Virtual PC and a pre-installed virtual Windows XP environment to allow users run many older applications.
- Windows Virtual PC will enable users to launch virtual applications seamlessly from the Windows 7 Start menu.
- Windows Virtual PC includes support for USB devices and is based on a new core that includes multi-threading support.
Learn more at the Windows for your Business blog here
CNET’s Ina Fried provides more details about the soon to be released in beta virtualization compatibility solution for Windows 7.
As far as technical requirements, XP Mode needs a beefier system than that required to just run Windows 7 or XP alone, including at least 2GB of memory and a system that has chip-level virtualization from either Intel or AMD. One of the challenges is that today it is often not that easy to tell whether one’s PC has such support.
At its core, XP mode consists of two things, the Windows Virtual PC engine and a licensed copy of Windows XP Service Pack 3 as a packaged virtual machine. Although neither piece will be included in the Windows 7 box, XP Mode will be a free download for those who have a license to Windows 7 Professional, Windows 7 Enterprise, or Windows 7 Ultimate.
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Things to take into account here is the fact that Windows XP is actually the full operating system, which means, users will have to keep it updated and secure just like a standalone installation of Windows.