| By Fred Langa |
Responding to my story about setting up Win7′s XP Mode, many readers asked how to get XP Mode–like functionality on systems running Vista and Win7 Home Premium.
Related virtualization questions were also on their minds.
Alternatives to Microsoft’s XP Mode application
Reader Rich Kaplan runs Windows 7 Home Premium, and he’s seeking XP virtualization software that will work on his OS. The answer for his system also applies to Vista — and Windows XP itself.
- “Hi. Per the Sept. 22 Top Story, ‘Using Windows 7′s XP Mode — step by step,’ what do you do if you have Win7 Home Premium or some other Windows version that doesn’t support XP Mode?”
Easy answer, Rich. There are excellent, free, third-party, virtual-machine applications available for all versions of Windows. At the end of that story, I listed the two most prominent offerings:
Either will give you the same results as using Win7′s standard XP Mode. The basic installation and usage concepts are also similar.
There are a few important differences, however. Recall that running XP Mode is a two-part system: XP Mode, a preconfigured copy of the XP operating system, fully ready to run inside a virtual PC; and Windows Virtual PC (VPC), the software that creates the virtual-PC environment. That’s why there are two separate downloads needed to get XP Mode going.