Windows 7 to feature XP mode for older applications

The feature will allow people to run apps built for previous Windows versions as if they are using XP

Microsoft will include a feature that lets people run applications in a Windows XP mode on Windows 7 to ensure that applications not designed for the forthcoming OS can run on it, a company executive said Monday.

During a keynote at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference in New Orleans, Bill Veghte, senior vice president of Windows, demonstrated a mode called "Seamless XP" that allows someone to run an application designed for a previous version of Windows on Windows 7 as if it's running on XP.

He showed how the feature works using an older third-party application originally designed for Windows 2000, QuickBooks Enterprise Solution 5.0.

The feature seems similar to Apple's Classic mode, introduced on Mac OS X, that allowed people to run legacy Mac applications on OS X, which was a drastic change to the platform.

Veghte did not give many specifics on the feature, but said that virtualization technology in Windows 7 enables it.

Like Mac OS X, Vista was a major architectural shift from previous versions of Windows, and Microsoft ran into a massive application-incompatibility problem with the OS.

This led many people -- particularly business users dependent on legacy Windows applications -- to stay on XP or downgrade to XP after buying a Vista machine.

Microsoft wants to avoid that problem with Windows 7 when it's released later this year, Veghte said, acknowledging that architectural changes to Vista "came at a cost in terms of compatibility."

"We are making sure Windows Vista to Windows 7 is a smooth migration," he said.

Microsoft seems to have learned its lessons from the disappointment that Vista was in the marketplace.

The company has been diligent during the development process of Windows 7 to let partners, including original equipment manufacturers, business partners and independent software vendors, test and provide feedback on a feature-complete version of the OS much sooner than with previous versions of Windows.

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags MicrosoftWindows 7Mac OS Xwindows xpXP mode

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Elizabeth Montalbano

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Father’s Day Gift Guide

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Luke Hill

MSI GT75 TITAN

I need power and lots of it. As a Front End Web developer anything less just won’t cut it which is why the MSI GT75 is an outstanding laptop for me. It’s a sleek and futuristic looking, high quality, beast that has a touch of sci-fi flare about it.

Emily Tyson

MSI GE63 Raider

If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.

Laura Johnston

MSI GS65 Stealth Thin

If you can afford the price tag, it is well worth the money. It out performs any other laptop I have tried for gaming, and the transportable design and incredible display also make it ideal for work.

Andrew Teoh

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

Touch screen visibility and operation was great and easy to navigate. Each menu and sub-menu was in an understandable order and category

Louise Coady

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

The printer was convenient, produced clear and vibrant images and was very easy to use

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?