XP Mode within the Enterprise

Last week I had a Windows 7 planning meeting with one of our clients and like in any other Windows 7 related meeting that i have had in the past months with other customers, the topic about XP Mode was brought up. It appears that when speaking about application compatibility, first thing people think of is XP Mode. To be honest I don’t blame them, because when XP Mode was first introduced in April 2009 Read More …

ToolTip: XP-More

XP-More is a tool that helps manage Windows 7 Virtual Machines (XP Mode and any other). Specifically, it makes duplication of VMs a no brainer – no more raw XML editing and manually duplicating files. More Information and download details can be found on the CodePlex XP-More project page

Windows XP Mode no longer requires Hardware Virtualization Technology

Microsoft has released an updated version to run XP Mode on clients that do not have Hardware Virtualization Technology. Read the details here

ToolTip: Microsoft® Hardware-Assisted Virtualization Detection Tool

Windows Virtual PC requires that your hardware supports hardware-assisted virtualization. There are a number of third party utilities around already, but now Microsoft released one as well. It’s called the Hardware-Assisted Virtualization Detection Tool and can be downloaded from here If you launch the tool manually it will tell you if your system meets the requirements for running Windows Virtual PC or not, quite similar as the Securable utility I wrote about in the Detect Read More …

Windows XP Mode Deployment Sample Scripts

if you have watched the Windows XP Mode IT Pro Deployment Video, you might be interested in the scripts they’ve used to automatically install XP Mode and create virtual machines. You can download them from here

Windows XP Mode IT Pro Deployment Video

If you consider using XP Mode, then I recommend watching this video. This video contains a good tutorial on how to install and configure XP mode including a lot of additional hints. Furthermore the video explains how to create a customized XP Mode VHD for deployment on multiple clients. The video can be downloaded from here

XP Mode vs. Med-V

Here’s another great article from Stephen Rose, explaining XP Mode vs. MED-V. Read the entire article here

Understanding XP Mode

Here is an excellent post that explains Windows7 XP Mode. The article describes clearly who should use XP Mode standalone or MED-V which is the product designed for enterprises. http://windowsteamblog.com/blogs/springboard/archive/2009/06/16/understanding-xp-mode.aspx I also recommend reading “How MED-V v2 helps you manage Windows XP Mode” http://windowsteamblog.com/blogs/business/archive/2009/04/28/how-med-v-v2-helps-you-manage-windows-xp-mode.aspx

Detect XP Mode support

Does your hardware support the Windows7 XP Mode feature ? Here’s a small and free utility that helps you to find out if your system provides hardware virtualization support.    Download here

What you should know about Win7 XP Mode and MED-V

Windows XP Mode on Windows7  with Windows Virtual PC is designed for small business users, For Enterprise customers, MED-V is the way to go. More information: http://windowsteamblog.com/blogs/business/archive/2009/04/28/how-med-v-v2-helps-you-manage-windows-xp-mode.aspx http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/features/2009/Apr09/04-28Win7QA.mspx