Computing News | Microsoft ships XP Mode RC, calls it tool of last resort
Microsoft Corp. today delivered the release candidate of Windows XP Mode, but at the same time downplayed the Windows 7 add-on, saying it was a last resort for customers who want to run old software in the new operating system.
Announced last April and issued as a beta several weeks later, XP Mode creates a virtual environment using Virtual PC, Microsoft's client virtualization technology, then stuffs it with a pre-activated licensed copy of Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3), the current version of the 8-year-old operating system. Users can launch XP applications within the virtual machine from the Windows 7 desktop, and those programs appear in Windows 7 windows, rather than in a windowed virtual machine.
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