Microsoft has worked diligently across the industry and designed Windows® 7 to be compatible with many of the most popular hardware and software products you use every day. Windows 7 works with the majority of software and devices that work with the Windows® Vista operating system, and with many of the ones that were designed for Windows® XP. If some applications are not compatible, Windows® XP Mode* – available for Windows 7 Professional or Ultimate– allows many of these applications to run right from the Windows 7 desktop.
Windows XP Mode will help you move to Windows® 7 Professional
The last day to order systems with Windows XP pre-installed is October 1st, 2010*
Make the move to Windows 7 Professional and the things you do every day are faster and easier. And with Windows XP Mode, you can still run your XP application from your Windows 7 Professional system.
If you have concerns about compatibility of your Windows XP applications you can choose to have Windows 7 installed with XP Mode**. Windows XP Mode – available for Windows 7 Professional or Ultimate – allows many of these applications to run right from the Windows 7 desktop. Once you install these applications directly in your Windows XP Mode environment, they will be published directly to your Windows 7 desktop. There’s no need to retrain the user, or to relearn the application. **.
View the Microsoft announcement for full details about Windows XP End of Life for OEM partners.
What is Windows® XP Mode?
Windows XP Mode is a new feature of Windows 7 designed for small and medium businesses. Many applications designed for Windows XP will run in Windows 7. If some applications are not compatible, Windows XP Mode – available for Windows 7 Professional or Ultimate – allows many of these applications to run right from the Windows 7 desktop. Once you install these applications directly in your Windows XP Mode environment, they will be published directly to your Windows 7 desktop. There’s no need to retrain the user, or to relearn the application.
Does Windows XP Mode come with my Windows 7 PC?
Yes. Windows XP Mode will be offered as an optional feature in the factory installation for Windows 7 Professional and Ultimate. Dell is providing a service on behalf of the customer by testing the application on Dell systems, enabling the VT processor in the BIOS, and installing the XP Mode application on the system. This can save you time and help ensure a great experience right out of the box.
Do I use Windows XP mode to run all of my Windows XP applications?
No. Many applications designed for Windows XP will run in Windows 7, and you only need to use Windows XP Mode for those applications that will not run in Windows 7. Software manufacturers can provide guidance about Windows 7 compatibility for specific applications, or you can visit http://www.microsoft.com/windows/compatibility/windows-7/en-us/default.aspx to confirm application compatibility.
What are the system requirements for XP Mode?
- 1GHz or faster 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor
- 3GB RAM (32-bit) / 3GB RAM (64-bit)
- 16GB available disk space (32-bit) / 20GB (64-bit): Additional 15GB available disk space
- DirectX® 9 graphics processor with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver
- Processor capable of hardware virtualization, with Intel® VT or AMD-VTM turned on
Learn more information on Windows XP Mode or to install it on an existing PC running Windows 7 Professional.
*The last date to purchase is subject to change based on product lead times and/or part shortages to ensure product has shipped by 10/22/10.
**Windows XP Mode requires either original equipment manufacturer (OEM) reinstallation or post-purchase installation of Windows XP Mode (which runs on Windows 7 Professional or Windows 7 Ultimate) or a virtualization technology such as Windows® Virtual PC. Windows XP Mode requires a PC with 2 gigabytes (GB) RAM (32-bit) or 3 GB RAM (64-bit), 15 GB available disk space, and a processor capable of hardware virtualization, with Intel VT or AMD-V turned on. Both Windows XP Mode and Windows Virtual PC can be downloaded from "http://www.microsoft.com/windows/virtual-pc". For more information on system requirements, go to www.microsoft.com/windows/virtual-pc.