| By Fred Langa |
Based on the feedback we’ve received, many Windows Secrets readers have switched to Windows 7 but retain a keen interest in Windows XP.
Now that I’ve thoroughly covered how to set up and use Windows 7’s XP Mode, it’s time for the final chapter — removing it.
Uninstalling XP Mode — step by step
Wow! The Sept. 22 Top Story, “Using Windows 7’s XP Mode — step by step,” is still generating lots of mail, including this one from reader Campbell Milton:
- “In working with some people in my area of work, the question has come up, ‘Can you safely uninstall XP Mode, whether in Virtual PC or if installed on its own?’
“I hope there is a link or some info on this topic. The colleagues who wish to use [XP Mode] are programmers who use GIS applications — some of which operate only in XP Pro.”
Yes, XP Mode can be uninstalled.
You may recall from that Sept. 22 story that what we casually call “XP Mode” actually comprises two separate pieces of software. One is the XP Mode software — a complete XP Pro SP3 setup. It’s preconfigured and ready to run inside the other essential part: the Windows Virtual PC application.