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Windows XP is an elderly operating system, so why do we still rely so much on it?

Excitement is building around the launch of Windows 7. Microsoft's latest operating system was released to manufacturing back in August and will be available to consumers on October 22. Many eager Windows users are already enjoying their retail copies of Windows 7 courtesy of the Windows 7 Party Pack – in fact, some have decided to part ways with their Party Packs and list them for $200+ on eBay.

When it comes to Windows 7, there are quite a few features that stand out in the minds of users. The install takes up less space than Windows Vista, offers across the board performance increases (especially for netbooks), and includes numerous tweaks both to the user interface and beneath the skin. One feature that has received a lot of attention is XP Mode which is included with Business and Ultimate versions of Windows 7.

As its name implies, XP Mode allows users to run a fully licensed copy of Windows XP in a virtual environment within Windows 7. While having the ability to run a full copy of Windows XP Professional is no doubt a nice addition for regular consumers and businesses that still rely on Windows XP to run certain software or conduct business, is the trend to provide easy access to XP a help or hindrance to software development?

Windows XP was released late in 2001; we are now late in 2009 and fast approaching 2010. Windows XP is an eight-year-old operating system, which is quite ancient in terms of modern operating systems. Since that time, Windows Vista was released (October 2006 for businesses, January 2007 for consumers) and now were are tiptoeing towards the release of Windows 7.

Is is that consumers and businesses are just so set in their ways with using older, incompatible software? After all, upgrading to newer software that is compatible with Windows Vista/7 could be quite expensive for corporations on top of the cost of upgrading to Windows 7 (or buying new computer systems with Windows 7 already installed). Or are the software vendors that provided these older software programs just not interested in making newer versions compatible with Windows Vista and Windows 7?

In Microsoft's case, it's of little concern, because anyone who buys a copy of Windows 7 Professional or Ultimate for XP mode has ultimately bought a new Windows license. But the question remains, why hang on to ties to the past?

Tell us your thoughts. If you plan on using XP Mode in Windows 7, what software do you plan to run in the virtual environment? Why are you using that software? Is there an updated version that is compatible with Vista/Windows 7, but you're comfortable using the older version? You have our ears!



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My wife needs WinXP
By ricleo2 on 10/12/2009 12:58:22 PM , Rating: 2
My wife works from home and she needs to log in to work with XP. Vista or anything else simply does not work. Hopefully this XP emulation will work for her so I can use 7 for myself.




RE: My wife needs WinXP
By Master Kenobi (blog) on 10/12/2009 3:54:22 PM , Rating: 2
That is strange she can't log in from home on anything other than XP. Is it simply that her company doesn't support anything higher than IE 6?


RE: My wife needs WinXP
By jonmcc33 on 10/12/2009 4:24:28 PM , Rating: 2
I think it's more related to VPN client support? Cisco has had a working version of their VPN client for Vista/7 for a while now. Not sure about other VPN clients though.


RE: My wife needs WinXP
By Master Kenobi (blog) on 10/12/2009 4:27:52 PM , Rating: 1
Most vendors have Vista/Windows7 support. It could be that se simply needs 32-bit and in that case the virtual driver for the NIC might not work under a 64-bit OS.


RE: My wife needs WinXP
By bhieb on 10/13/2009 1:33:12 PM , Rating: 2
Could be that she has 64bit 7 or vista, as cisco does not have a 64bit client for those (well not one that will connect to a pix now it is something like Anyconnect and requires a different appliance). Running xp 32 bit would solve that.


RE: My wife needs WinXP
By Nehemoth on 10/13/2009 2:36:07 PM , Rating: 2
This is my case, I'm using Windows XP Mode for Cisco VPN Client, sadly as I have 8GB of RAM 32bits its not an option.

Exist a VPN Cclient which I can use on 64bits?


RE: My wife needs WinXP
By ricleo2 on 10/13/2009 1:24:25 PM , Rating: 2
All I can tell you is she gets an error message that the operating system (Vista64) is not supported.


RE: My wife needs WinXP
By Matt W on 10/12/2009 8:29:44 PM , Rating: 3
As I also stated in a separate post... I also MUST log into my work/corporate environment from home ONLY on an XP machine. Also, IE 6 is the least 'buggy' browser to use when doing so (IE 7 and 8 work, but with much headache and poor user experience).

Believe me, I am very tech savvy and have tried to circumvent this ridiculous requirement, but you simply cannot remotely log in with anything other than XP. I have tried and tried and tried... no go. So the XP emulation (with the browser NOT upgraded and still on IE 6) works absolutely flawlessly.


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