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    What survives an upgrade from XP to Win7?




    LANGALIST PLUS

    What survives an upgrade from XP to Win7?


    By Fred Langa

    With Microsoft's XP support in its final months, a reader asks for advice before moving his XP setup to Win7. Plus: What to do when an .iso file just won't burn to disc; problems due to differences among Windows versions and editions; and still more reader-suggested .pdf tools.


    The full text of this column is posted at windowssecrets.com/langalist-plus/what-survives-an-upgrade-from-xp-to-win7/ (paid content, opens in a new window/tab).

    Columnists typically cannot reply to comments here, but do incorporate the best tips into future columns.

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    re:m Downloaded .iso file won't burn to disc

    I have solved this problem by changing the media. For instance, you are trying to burn to a DVD-RW. It may be looking for a CD-R or CD-RW.

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    re: the downloaded .ISO won't burn to disk

    The file may be blocked. This is a security measure to stop you downloading a file and then (without further thought) exposing your machine to possible nasties.

    In Windows Explorer:
    1. right click your file and select Properties
    2. if necessary, click on the General tab
    3. if the file is blocked, there will be a Security section at the bottom of the window. It will explain why the file is blocked and give you an Unblock button to fix it.


    Typically, software that is only going to read the file will not be bothered by a Block but software that will edit or do other potentially hazardous behaviour will choke. Unfortunately many programs do not present a useful message. Later versions of Office will present a useful warning and suggest how to fix the problem.
    Bob
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    I hadn't heard of Sumatra PDF reader. Thanks. As a pdf reader, it looks good. If one has to fill out forms, and I do from time to time, it doesn't appear to be useful. I use PDF XChange Viewer because it can handle both, without a lot of overhead.

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    re: downloaded iso does not burn

    This happened to me too. When I checked the file size, it was much smaller than indicated on the website, so I concluded that this was a download error.
    Downloading it again solved the problem.
    EJ

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    Fred, your response to Cliff Brodie regarding XP Mode neglected to mention that it is only available on Windows 7 Professional. I suspect that Cliff will be using Windows 7 Home Premium, since his question didn't specify Professional. He would have to use some other virtualization solution.

    Thanks,
    Bruce Jones

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    Quote Originally Posted by brucej4 View Post
    Fred, your response to Cliff Brodie regarding XP Mode neglected to mention that it is only available on Windows 7 Professional. I suspect that Cliff will be using Windows 7 Home Premium, since his question didn't specify Professional. He would have to use some other virtualization solution.

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    If indeed this were the case, Virtual Box or VMWare can put Windows XP into a Virtual Machine, which also will run nearly any Windows XP program. But drivers are not included in these programs, so the drivers for Windows XP for the Host computer might need to be found and installed into the Guest (XP) OS. This can be an issue if the hardware is recent.
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    If you are able to install XP Mode on Win 7 Pro then there are no licensing issues with XP in this case. Microsoft are giving you a copy of XP virtual for free. If you use Virtual Box or VMware then you will need an XP license because any copy of XP installed this way will need to be activated.

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