so now that you’ve got windows 7 rtm (release to manufacturing), check out the windows virtual pc release candidate.  it’s available here and includes windows virtual pc and xp mode.  the new xp mode installation has a lot more choices during setup and ends with a windows xp desktop displayed.

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once you install windows virtual pc, there will be a windows xp mode choice under the windows virtual pc program group or you can download from the windows virtual pc rc website.

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be sure to read the license agreement before checking the box and clicking next :)

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choose a password for the xp pro sp3 desktop

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decide whether windows 7 documents directory is shared with xp mode

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automatic updates

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while xp mode is setup, the installation now explains how to use it

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how to access xp mode

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how to install an application in xp mode

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applications installed in all users profile under virtual xp appear on the windows 7 program menu and can be launched with just the application window displayed.

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next – we’ll prepare for a migration to windows 7 in the virtual environment using usmt 4.0!