W7 Compatible Software

  David4637 10:43 02 Dec 2010

Is there some MS S/W that you can download for W7 for the cheaper Home version that will give you XP compatibility mode in the menu?
Thanks David

  The Kestrel 11:37 02 Dec 2010

I think this is what you need click here.

  GaT7 12:04 02 Dec 2010

For W7 Home you can use the free VMLite XP Mode click here. Free XP Mode download that's required for it click here - better to download it separately than let VMLite's downloader do it.

The Kestrel, the official version you linked to can only be used with W7 Pro & above. G

  David4637 13:58 02 Dec 2010

Thanks for your replies.
Does this mean on W7 Home you have to set up a virtual disc space on the HD to run the compatibility S/W- Is this a difficult thing to do?

  GaT7 14:21 02 Dec 2010

Yes, but it's very easy to do as VMLite takes care of everything. Download XP Mode separately (link provided) as VML's downloader could take an age to do it. G

  David4637 10:34 03 Dec 2010

Would you please confirm that W7Home version 32/64 Bit has compatibilty mode built in, as I was told it has, and if so I would not need to download VMLite?
Thanks David

  GaT7 18:35 03 Dec 2010

Compatibility Mode & XP Mode are two different things.

Compatibility Mode involves simply right-clicking a program's executable (before &/or after installing) in Win7, choosing Properties > Compatibility tab, etc - like explained at click here (XP has this function as well).

XP Mode is running a program's executable in a 'virtual' XP environment, as detailed at click here (this article is a little outdated, so posted as an example only). G

  David4637 14:24 04 Dec 2010

Well you learn something every minute - been using XP for years, did not know there is a compatibility mode option in XP.
Am I right then - using XP mode in W7 you are running a prog in a virtual space on the HD in an XP environment, whereas Compat mode is running in an XP environment but within the W7 prog?
Thanks for your help so far

  GaT7 14:30 04 Dec 2010

Yes, something like that. G

  GaT7 14:34 04 Dec 2010

If running a program in CM doesn't work, it will most likely work in XPM. G

  David4637 14:32 05 Dec 2010

Thanks for explaining how compatibility works.
Thanks again David

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