Microsoft Releases Windows Xp Mode Rc For Win7

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Microsoft Releases Windows XP Mode RC for Win7

Jason Cross

Aug 4, 2009 12:33 pm

Announced today on the official Windows 7 Team Blog, Microsoft has just made available the release candidate for Windows XP Mode. You can grab it here.

Windows XP Mode, for those that don't know, is a free downloadable "virtual XP environment" for Windows 7. It's provided mainly as a way for businesses to migrate to Windows 7 without worrying about that one application they rely on that just won't run on Vista or Win7. We gave five reasons why it's not good for consumers back in April, and went hands-on with the feature back in May. Microsoft has made several improvements to the software since then, including:

You can now attach USB devices to Windows XP Mode applications directly from the Windows 7 task-bar. This means your USB devices, such as printers and flash drives, are available to applications running in Windows XP Mode, without the need to go into full screen mode.

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