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Old 05-02-2009, 01:50 AM   #1
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LXer: Windows 7's XP Mode - Virtually worth the effort

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The discovery that Windows 7 will use desktop virtualization so you can run Windows-XP-compatible applications caused almost as much excitement as the news the Windows 7 Release Candidate would ship this week and next. The planned Windows XP Mode will, theoretically, let you keep on running your existing applications on a brand-new Windows 7 machine, even if the applications themselves don't yet run natively on Windows 7.

Old 05-02-2009, 03:37 PM   #2
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Nice idea, but I find it hard to believe it's going to be too popular. First of all, I've never seen a new OS that didn't need more resources than the last, then you add performance loss for virtualization. So not only do you get to pay top dollar for the high end version of Windows 7, (for virt) you get the added benefit of less performance than XP used to have. Then you have two systems that need constant maintenance and protection. As the install ages the rate of performance degradation with be twice as fast. And finally the chance of software malfunction will be twice as great. Certainly, this wont be competing against linux on the netbooks.


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