Windows 7 - XP Mode Screenshots  

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Windows XP Mode (XPM) allows you to run your Windows XP apps in a virtual environment alongside your Windows 7 apps in the same desktop. It was designed by Microsoft to ease the transition from XP to Windows 7, particularly for small businesses that are reliant on their legacy apps.

Here is a quick screenshot tour from getting Windows XP Mode ready to publishing apps directly into Windows 7. You can click on screenshots for full size view.

Windows XP Mode

Here are the files that are part of the package. The KB Update must be first installed, since it installs Virtual PC into Windows 7. After a reboot, running the VirtualWindowsXP Package will automatically install XP onto a VHD and run it in Virtual PC

Giant Windows XP Mode Screenshot Tour

Running the VirtualWindowsXP package will first prompt you to enter a password. You "must" enter a password now to properly enable integration features, or else you'd have to do it manually from Control Panel later on. It'd also be a good idea to check the "Remember Credentials" box because you get prompted very often later on if you don't.

Giant Windows XP Mode Screenshot Tour

Giant Windows XP Mode Screenshot Tour

The EULA you probably won't read

Giant Windows XP Mode Screenshot Tour

After clicking next a few times, just wait 15 minutes and you're all set. The setup is completely automatic.

Giant Windows XP Mode Screenshot Tour

Clicking Continue will insert a CD image into XP and allow you to install the tools necessary for the integration features.

Giant Windows XP Mode Screenshot Tour

It will then install a Driver in your Virtual OS and your Host OS. Setup process doesn't take too long

Let’s take a look at how to publish apps over to Windows 7:

First, you have to create a shortcut of the app you want to transfer over

First, you have to create a shortcut of the app you want to transfer over

Giant Windows XP Mode Screenshot Tour

Right Click the Start menu and select Open All users

Once you're in the All Users folder, open Programs, and drag the corresponding shortcut. Wait for a bit (the screen will flicker), and your app is published!

Once you're in the All Users folder, open Programs, and drag the corresponding shortcut. Wait for a bit (the screen will flicker), and your app is published!

A new folder is now added into the Start menu under Windows Virtual PC with all your Virtual apps stored inside

A new folder is now added into the Start menu under Windows Virtual PC with all your Virtual apps stored inside

When you launch your virtual app, you have to shut down the Virtual PC window. However, the Virtual PC process will still run in the background

When you launch your virtual app, you have to shut down the Virtual PC window. However, the Virtual PC process will still run in the background

Initializing virtual environment again. This usually takes 1-2 minutes.

Initializing virtual environment again. This usually takes 1-2 minutes. Good thing is after you've initialized the environment, opening apps open just as fast as any other app

Who knew we'd live to see IE6 running right beside IE8 in the same desktop

Who knew we'd live to see IE6 running right beside IE8 in the same desktop.

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