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Windows 7 comes packed with an XP mode feature that allows running of XP compatible apps. This feature is only available in Windows 7 Professional, Ultimate and  Enterprise editions. Also your machine's processor should support virtualization. To check this, install and run the tool, 'havdetection tool.exe.' You can download this tool from http://tinyurl.com/ ykdr4xn. After downloading it, visit http:// tinyurl.com/ c8274e and download 'Windows Virtual PC' and 'Windows XP Mode' from this page. Install Windows Virtual PC and XP Mode in this order and you are done. To start XP mode, just go to the explorer and start XP mode like you would start any other application. Once you are in XP mode, install applications that work only with Windows XP. After these applications have been installed, you can comfortably run them from the Windows 7 environment.

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To check whether your Windows 7 machine can run Windows XP Mode or not, install and run hardware-assisted virtualization tool.


Once you have installed Windows Virtual PC, install Windows XP Mode. This action would prompt you to place the installation folder and credentials for XP Mode.


Installation of XP Mode is simple and quick. Once installed it can be run from Explorer like any other windows application.


Install your XP only compatible applications inside XP mode. Once installed, one can run them from within the Windows 7 environment (from the Explorer).
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