There has been a lot of discussion lately about Microsoft’s various virtualization technologies. Some of it a bit confusing at times because of the vast solutions Microsoft provides for various types of customers, from the individual power user to the IT Professional in an Enterprise scenario. Stephen L Rose of the Microsoft Springboard Series blog provides some in depth clarification on the purposes and uses of two Microsoft’s virtualization solutions:
With the release of the XP Mode Release Candidate, there has been a lot of talk and confusion around when XP Mode is a ideal solution and when you should look at Med-V as a solution . I thought I would take a few minutes to clear up any confusion.
Well, let me start with actually talking a bit about [Windows] XP Mode.
We introduced Windows Virtual PC in Windows 7 with new capabilities, such as support for USB (Universal Serial Bus) devices, and seamlessly integrating the Virtual PC applications into the Windows 7 desktop and making them available for the users from the start menu. Windows XP Mode is just a preconfigured Windows XP virtual image and it is available for any user that has Windows 7 Pro [Professional] and above. The whole Windows XP Mode is specifically designed to help small business users run Windows XP application on Windows 7 in case that the application would not run on a Windows 7 operating system.
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Windows XP Mode has been a complete solution for me so far, providing a smooth transition to Windows 7. What’s particularly interesting about Virtual XP Mode is how it functions, efficiently utilizing the power of multi-core processors allowing greater performance when using the Integration Features of XP Mode. In comparison to Virtual PC 2007 on Vista, my computer would not perform as efficiently with a vanilla installation of Windows XP. Windows XP Mode is more aware of my processors cores and better utilizes them when working between the Host and Guest operating system. As noted in a previous most, the ability to use Windows XP based applications while still benefiting from Windows 7 is just amazing. I am currently using it on Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit with Mobile Phone Tools 4.6a which works great in Windows XP, but often has problems alone in Windows Vista and 7 64-bit.