Information and announcements from Program Managers, Product Managers, Developers and Testers in the Microsoft Virtualization team.
Just a quick blog in case you missed the big news for Windows 7. Windows XP Mode has hit Release Candidate. Here are some highlights of the new Release Candidate:
New Features in Windows XP Mode RC
Based on feedback from the Windows XP Mode beta, we've made several improvements to the usability of Windows XP Mode for small and medium-sized business users:
Personally, all the apps I use work just fine with Windows 7 (zero app compatibility issues), but I've found one killer reason for Windows XP Mode. At home, we have an HP Photosmart printer that prints great photos. It's really a great printer, but unfortunately, HP never updated the drivers for this printer beyond XP. I haven't had the heart to recycle it just yet and now I don't need to. I setup Windows XP Mode on my system at home, hooked up this USB device to my Windows XP Mode virtual machine, setup printer sharing within XP, and voila we can use this printer again. Very cool. :-)
For more on Windows XP Mode and download location, check out this blog post from the Windows Client Team.
Principal Group Program Manager
Windows Server, Hyper-V
<p>windows 7 xp as given mode can help you find, you should be fine</p>
<p>I am building a dev env using VM's. My host OS is W7. I loaded XP Mode, VPC 2007 (for XP Mode). The XP Mode created an XP machine with a .vhd. I loaded all my platform dev software and now I want to be able to share this .vhd with co-workers. I sysprep using Reseal as I normally do for a XP VM. Now the problem. We we start XP Mode and create new VM with this syspreped .vhd none of our XP Keys work to get past the setup/activation screens. Can you tell me what I need to do for a valid key in this case. We has MSDN Pro with lots of keys for all OS's. Thanks</p>