Windows Virtual PC and Windows XP-Mode are free downloads from Microsoft for licensed copies of Windows 7 Professional and higher. They are not available for the Home editions. Windows Virtual PC is the Microsoft program that runs virtual machines. Windows XP Mode is the Windows XP-sp3 version that is licensed to run on Windows 7 Professional and higher.
Windows XP Mode under Windows Virtual PC works pretty well, but there are a few issues:
- Getting printers to work was a bit difficult.
- Setting up virtual applications are difficult. They are applications running in the virtual machine, but the VM is hidden and the application is launched from a shortcut on the host machine's desktop and displays as though it was running natively on the host. I know the tricks to doing that now, but spent much more time than I wanted to learn what worked and what did not.
- Some times the virtual application cannot connect to shared folders on the host. If that happens I may have to shut down the VM and reopen. That is OK for me, but I don't like training clients to do that and they don't want the hassle of needing to do that.
- Most disturbing to me is that the Superbase program editor can be quite laggy. Not always, but more often than not, I must wait one to several seconds for the cursor to move or my keystrokes to appear. This is not normal behavior when running Superbase in a native OS.
I'm also waiting on two issues from SIMPOL tech support. Hopefully I will have a usable response from someone tomorrow.
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