Along with small visible features such as libraries, redesigned taskbar, desktop slideshow, jump list, and action center, Windows 7 also includes also ships with some fantastic features.
Windows XP Mode is one of the best features available in Professional and Ultimate editions of Windows 7. Windows XP Mode is a virtual Windows XP environment that works on Windows 7 using a virtualization technology, such as Windows Virtual PC. The feature comes in handy for Windows XP users who would like to upgrade to Windows 7 without missing incompatible software.
We have covered several tutorials about the XP Mode feature available for Windows 7. As mentioned earlier, the only catch is that yo must be running Ultimate or Professional edition in order to download and install Windows XP mode. In other words, XP Mode doesn’t support Starter, Home Basic, and Home Premium editions. Another catch is that, your PC must support hardware virtualization in order to run Windows XP Mode. You can check if your PC supports XP Mode.
Related: Enable XP Mode in Windows 8.
Though one can go for virtualization software such as VMware Player or VirtualBox to install Windows XP inside Windows 7, these programs don’t provide the exact XP Mode style features. For all users who would like to get XP mode in all editions of Windows 7, here is a great freeware that allows you get Windows 7 XP Mode in Vista and all editions of Windows 7 as well.
VMLite XP Mode is freeware available for Windows XP, Vista and the latest Windows 7. Unlike the official XP Mode VMLite Doesn’t require Hardware Virtualization feature as well. And the best thing is that it works on Windows 8 as well.
Here are the key features of VMLite:
# Easy to setup
# Requires no hardware virtualization technology
# Runs faster
# Supports XP, Vista, Server 2008 and Windows 7 as host
# Supports Microsoft’s XPM package, plus existing virtual machines already created from prominent VM vendors (VMDK, VHD, VDI, HDD)
# Clipboard sharing
# USB Support
# Instantaneous XP Mode Snapshot and Recovery
Thanks to our friend Max @ TWCF for this info.