Running a virtual XP machine in Windows 7

By Tracey Capen

The Windows Secrets Lounge goes well beyond just solving problems.

In the first post listed below, JoeP reports that Win7’s Windows Virtual PC mode no longer requires hardware virtualization, and he provides the links for applying this useful tip.

  • XP mode virtualization change

    Interesting news almost always generates questions, as in this thread started by JoeP. Lounge member Byron Tarbox saw JoeP’s post about a Windows Virtual PC upgrade but ran into installation problems. Fortunately, JoeP had the answer. More»

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  • Is there a Quicken substitute?

    Whether to upgrade or try a different brand of software is a question as old as PCs. Lounge member BillWilson asks whether there is an alternative to Quicken, the most-popular consumer financial application. The suggestion from fellow readers is to upgrade what he’s used to. More»

  • Daylight Saving Time change problem

    It’s hard enough remembering to push our clocks an hour forward every spring, but member Stephen47’s PC jumped two hours ahead and he wonders whether anyone could tell him why. Several Loungers offered suggestions, but the problem eventually corrected itself. More»
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About Tracey Capen

Editor in chief Tracey Capen was the executive editor of reviews at PC World magazine for 10 years, from 1995 to 2005. He was InfoWorld's managing editor of reviews from 1993 to 1995 and worked in the magazine's test center and as networking editor from 1989 to 1992. Between his stints at InfoWorld, he was senior labs editor at Corporate Computing magazine.