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Running a Windows XP program in Windows 7


Windows 7 Essential Training

with David Rivers

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Video: Running a Windows XP program in Windows 7

Many people never upgraded from Windows XP to Windows Vista. And one of the reasons was the inability to run some of their older XP programs. Well, there's a new and powerful feature that builds on virtual Windows XP that now lets you run XP applications and Windows 7 applications side-by-side. It's called XP mode. And it consists of the virtual PC based, virtual environment and a fully licensed copy of Windows XP with Service Pack 3. Now, it's not in the box with Windows 7.
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  1. 16m 28s
    1. Welcome
      1m 54s
    2. Windows basics for first-time users
      13m 47s
    3. Using the exercise files
  2. 29m 18s
    1. Assessing your hardware and Windows 7 versions
      6m 57s
    2. Upgrading from other Windows versions
      2m 56s
    3. Transferring old files with Windows Easy Transfer
      7m 2s
    4. Dealing with device drivers
      6m 42s
    5. Running a Windows XP program in Windows 7
      5m 41s
  3. 33m 12s
    1. Getting familiar with the desktop
      8m 55s
    2. Handling tasks with the improved task bar
      8m 50s
    3. Accessing your favorites quickly with jump lists
      3m 59s
    4. Finding files and programs with Windows Search
      2m 18s
    5. Using the Action Center
      3m 48s
    6. Keeping information at your fingertips with desktop gadgets
      5m 22s
  4. 34m 24s
    1. Navigating folders and their contents
      6m 59s
    2. Staying organized with your own folders
      4m 44s
    3. Choosing how your folders and user interface behave
      7m 30s
    4. Sharing and protecting folders and files
      5m 27s
    5. Simplifying organization with libraries
      3m 48s
    6. Backing up by burning to CD or DVD
      5m 56s
  5. 24m 44s
    1. Windows Media Center
      7m 22s
    2. Playing media files with Windows Media Player
      3m 59s
    3. Organizing and sharing photos in Windows Explorer
      7m 22s
    4. Taking screenshots with the Snipping tool
      6m 1s
  6. 24m 35s
    1. Taking notes with sticky notes, Notepad, and WordPad
      11m 33s
    2. Creating graphics with Paint
      4m 58s
    3. Performing simple and advanced calculations with the calculator
      5m 20s
    4. Playing Windows games
      2m 44s
  7. 33m 5s
    1. Getting under your computer's hood with the Control Panel
      5m 28s
    2. Controlling system settings
      6m 38s
    3. Controlling sound device volume settings
      6m 38s
    4. Uninstalling programs that are no longer used
      2m 42s
    5. Setting default programs
      5m 10s
    6. Exploring accessibility options
      6m 29s
  8. 21m 1s
    1. Connecting hardware with Device Stage
      2m 56s
    2. Create a home network using HomeGroup
      4m 49s
    3. Controlling what is shared on a network
      3m 26s
    4. Troubleshooting a network and HomeGroup
      3m 58s
    5. Reconnecting quickly with jump lists
      2m 18s
    6. Boosting your computer's memory with ReadyBoost
      3m 34s
  9. 31m 53s
    1. Keeping your PC secure with Windows Update
      3m 44s
    2. Battling spyware with Windows Defender
      7m 41s
    3. Controlling access with user accounts
      4m 32s
    4. Streamlining passwords in Credential Manager
      4m 38s
    5. Using parental controls to block unwanted content
      4m 49s
    6. Securing drives with BitLocker Drive Encryption
      6m 29s
  10. 15m 11s
    1. Printing files directly from Windows
      2m 48s
    2. Troubleshooting printer problems
      5m 15s
    3. Printing power tips
      3m 56s
    4. Printing to and viewing the XPS file format
      3m 12s
  11. 25m 4s
    1. Finding issues in the Troubleshooting control panel
      3m 53s
    2. Sharing issues with the Problem Steps Recorder
      3m 56s
    3. Backing up folders and drives
      6m 36s
    4. Restoring files and drives
      4m 39s
    5. Handling an entire system crash
      6m 0s
  12. 28m 23s
    1. Exploring changes to the UI
      4m 46s
    2. Access sites quickly using Favorites and History
      5m 17s
    3. Connecting to RSS feeds and web slices
      6m 1s
    4. Displaying similar sites with Suggested Sites
      2m 16s
    5. Browsing without navigating using accelerators
      6m 36s
    6. Keeping your browsing private using InPrivate Browsing and filtering
      3m 27s
  13. 1h 14m
    1. Setting up your Windows Live profile
      4m 37s
    2. Downloading Windows Live Essentials
      2m 23s
    3. Tracking dates and events with the Windows Live calendar
      7m 22s
    4. Free email with Windows Live Mail
      6m 14s
    5. Texting live with Windows Live Messenger
      7m 13s
    6. Organizing and sharing photos in Photo Gallery
      9m 46s
    7. Synchronizing photos on two computers with Live Sync
      4m 0s
    8. Controlling content and communications with Family Safety
      6m 26s
    9. Keeping a blog with Windows Live Writer
      6m 50s
    10. Accessing free online storage with SkyDrive
      4m 44s
    11. Creating a movie with Windows Live Movie Maker
      14m 46s
  14. 18s
    1. Goodbye

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In Windows 7 Essential Training, David Rivers helps users of any level feel comfortable with the improvements and enhancements found in Microsoft's operating system. From simple navigation through the updated graphic user interface, David shows how to install or upgrade and get the most out of Windows 7. He covers using the new Internet Explorer 8 and boosting a computer's memory with the ReadyBoost tool. He also highlights hardware configuration options and explores the advances made connecting a home or work system with Windows Live, the cloud-computing environment made available for Windows 7 users. Exercise files accompany this course.

Topics include:
  • Running Windows XP programs within a Windows 7 installation Accessing favorites quickly through jump lists Establishing user settings through Windows Explorer Setting up a home network with Homegroup Displaying similar sites with suggestions in Internet Explorer 8 Syncing photos on two computers with Live Sync
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David Rivers

Running a Windows XP program in Windows 7

Many people never upgraded from Windows XP to Windows Vista. And one of the reasons was the inability to run some of their older XP programs. Well, there's a new and powerful feature that builds on virtual Windows XP that now lets you run XP applications and Windows 7 applications side-by-side. It's called XP mode. And it consists of the virtual PC based, virtual environment and a fully licensed copy of Windows XP with Service Pack 3. Now, it's not in the box with Windows 7.

But it will be made available as a free download from the Microsoft website and it will be available to users of Windows 7 Professional, Enterprise and Ultimate editions. Now, the key to XP mode is that it does not require you to run the virtual environment as a separate Windows desktop. Instead, as you install applications inside the virtual XP environment, they are published to the Windows 7 operating system as well. And this way you'll be able to run XP based applications, like Internet Explorer 6, for example, along side Windows 7 applications, on a single desktop.

So let's check it out. Now I've installed XP mode already, and you should know it's not just a simple download and run. First, you need to make sure you have the power needed to run XP mode. You can see I am at the Windows site here, on for Windows 7, specifically the page dedicated to Windows XP mode, and Windows Virtual PC. Now, as we scroll down, you can see we can download Windows XP mode from here. But before you download, you need to learn how to configure your BIOS settings to enable hardware virtualization on your PC.

And here's where you can go to see if your PC is powerful enough to run XP mode. So when we click that link and scroll down, you'll see there's a couple of utilities, one for Intel processors, so if your computer uses the Intel processor you can download Intel Processor Identification Utility, there is also one for AMD processors as well. So the Intel Processor Identification Utility which I've already downloaded, clicking this link, it feeds you prompts, you just answer the questions, you can accept all the defaults and you'll have this utility.

So I have got it running already. When you open it up, there are several tabs, the Frequency Test tab is selected by default and you can see the Expected Speed of the various components and the reports. But what's really important here is you go to CPU Technologies tab, and for Intel(R) Virtualization Technology you must see the word Yes, on the right-hand side. If you see a No, here, you will not be able to run XP mode, and you will need to upgrade your computer, your hardware to be able to do so, so I am going to close this up.

Now we are back to the website, and we are going to go back to the previous page. So once we have figured out whether or not we can run XP mode, if you can, there are some steps to follow now as we scroll down a little bit further. First step is to choose the appropriate installation, whether you're using a 32 bit or 64 bit installation. So for me it's 32 bit. The language I have selected here is English. Step 2 is to download Windows Virtual PC, the RC that you see at the end of Windows Virtual PC and XP mode stands for Release Candidate, at the date and time of this recording.

That's all that's available. Eventually RC will disappear. You'll have the full programs to download. So Step 2 is to click this button to Download Windows Virtual PC again. You will follow the prompts and it gets installed. Then once that is completed you go down to Step 3 and do the exact same thing for Windows XP mode. Clicking this button will prompt you for certain pieces of information. You can accept the defaults, like I did, and you'll have XP mode ready to use. So I am going to minimize Internet Explorer, back to my desktop and go to the Start button or Windows Orb.

And I am going to go to All Programs. Once you follow those steps, you'll see Windows Virtual PC. It's a folder appearing at the bottom of your list. When you click that you will see Windows Virtual PC as well as the one we want, Windows XP mode. Now the first time you select Windows XP mode, there is a setup program that will run, so you'll have to wait for it to pretty much install itself and be up and running. Then when you close it up, it actually just hibernates. So you can see I have already gone through this.

It opens up quickly. I have got a separate window now, which I can move around. I can resize it if I need to. You can see it's going to adjust itself and I am running Windows XP right here on my Windows 7 desktop. I have got the Start button down below. If I click Start, for example, and choose Internet Explorer. I am actually running Internet Explorer 6 in Windows XP right here. And if I go back down to my Windows 7 Taskbar and click the Explorer icon, you can see now I'm running Internet Explorer 8.

And I can switch back to XP mode. I've got both versions running simultaneously on the same desktop. And of course, if you have got any older XP programs, they can be installed right from the Start button inside the Windows XP mode window. So isn't that something? You can close that up, notice it's hibernating the virtual machine. So next time when you go to run XP mode it will open up quickly. I am also going to close up Internet Explorer 8, and there you have it, Windows XP mode.

No more excuses for avoiding the upgrade to Windows 7.

Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about Windows 7 Essential Training .

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Q: Is there a way to share files and printers between computers on network running Windows XP and Windows 7 without using the HomeGroup share method of Windows 7, since XP does not have this feature?
A: While Windows XP does not support the new HomeGroup found in Windows 7, there is another way to share files and printers between the two operating systems.  There are a number of steps to follow, but they are all listed here:
Q: Is it possible for a computer running Windows XP to join a Windows 7 HomeGroup?
A: Unfortunately, only Windows 7 supports HomeGroup.  If the Windows XP computer must connect with the Windows 7 computer, there are have two options:

1.  Upgrade the XP machine to Windows 7 and joining will be no problem.
2.  Change the Windows 7 HomeGroup to a regular Workgroup and the XP machine will be able to connect to it.  

Here are the steps to changing a HomeGroup to a Workgroup:
  1. On the Windows 7 computer, click the Start button at the bottom left of the screen.
  2. Go to the Control Panel and choose Network and Sharing Center.
  3. Click the link for "View your active networks.” 
  4. In the next window choose "Work network." That will switch the group from a HomeGroup to a Workgroup so the two computers can talk to each other. However, the same workgroup name and share folders in Explorer must be assigned to both computers before they can be networked.
For ease of use, if there is already an existing HomeGroup on the Windows 7 computer, upgrading the XP machine to Windows 7 would be the recommended course of action. There is a course in the Online Training Library, Migrating from Windows XP to Windows 7, that explains the steps for transitioning to Windows 7.
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