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    How To Use & Customize XP Mode In Windows 7

    You people might already have read my posts on the topic of Windows XP Mode in Windows 7,Its features,Reuirements,Procedure to install and many important FAQs.So i guess some of your are already install it.So in this post i will give you some of its feature and methods of using.I hope you like this.
    XP Mode In Windows 7 Desktop
    XP Mode supports two modes. These are Desktop Mode and Seamless Mode.You learn details from Microsoft.
    In Desktop mode, you start XPM from the Windows 7 Start menu:
    In Desktop Mode, XPM works about the way you'd expect a standard Windows XP installation to run. After you start XPM in Desktop mode, wait a few seconds after the desktop appears before the desktop fully initializes. During the startup process, progress bars inform you of what's going on.Once XPM starts, you'll note that, because of its support for hardware virtualization, it's fairly peppy on a system with 4GB of RAM or more, even with the default XPM virtual machine (VM) memory size of 256MB.In Desktop mode, all programs that use XPM run from within the Windows XP VM:

    However, there are some significant differences between XPM and a standard non-virtualized Windows XP installation. These include:
    Autorun on CDs doesn't work - you must manually run the program referred to in Autorun.
    AutoPlay on CDs, DVDs, and USB devices doesn't work. You can manually run the program you prefer to use with the media's contents, or open the media with Windows Explorer
    Accessing drives connected to the host PC. XPM uses Remote Desktop Connection to work with these drives, which is why they're listed as network drives by XPM's My Computer.

    Seamless Mode of Virtual XP Mode
    Although XP Mode in Desktop mode is easier than working with Virtual PC 2007 + Windows XP, the real benefit for users comes in XPM's Seamless mode. In Seamless mode, you can launch one or more programs installed in XPM directly from the Windows 7 Start menu. Each program runs within its own XPM VM, and you can resize each window and drag it to a different display.
    When you install programs in XPM's Desktop mode, start menu shortcuts are automatically added to both the Windows XP Start menu in XPM and to the Start menu for the Windows 7 host PC.
    To start a program from Seamless mode, open the Virtual Windows XP Applications folder beneath the Windows Virtual PC folder on the Windows 7 host system and click the program you want to run:
    To pin XPM or an XPM application to the Windows 7 Start menu, right-click the shortcut in Windows 7's Start menu and select Pin to Start Menu. To pin XPM or an or an XPM application to the Windows 7 Taskbar, right-click the shortcut and select Pin To Taskbar:

    Adjust XP Mode Virtual Memory
    As with Windows Virtual PC's ancestor (Virtual PC 2007), you must shut down a VM before you can adjust its settings. However, closing the XPM window does not shut down the Virtual Windows XP VM. Instead, it hibernates the VM. To close the VM, click the Ctrl-Alt-Del button at the top of the XPM desktop window (1) and select Shut Down from the Windows Security dialog (2):
    Note that XPM does not use Fast User Switching because Offline Files is enabled by default.
    To adjust the settings used by XPM after closing it down:
    1. Open the Virtual Machines folder in the Windows Virtual PC folder in Windows 7's Start menu:
    2. Right-click the Virtual Windows XP VM and select Settings:
    3. Select the setting you want to adjust (in this example, memory size assigned to the VM) and select or enter the appropriate option: 
    4. Repeat as needed with other settings, then click OK when finished to close the dialog and save changes.
    **The settings you use for the XPM VM also affects XP Seamless mode.

    Using Networking in XP Mode
    Normally, if your Windows 7 host PC is able to connect to the Internet, so can your XP Mode VM. However, if you want XPM to use the resources of other physical PCs on your network, you might need to tweak the normal network settings. If you are unable to view other network PCs from XPM's My Network Places menu, check the following:
    1. Make sure the workgroup name in XPM matches the name of your existing workgroup. To see the current setting, right-click My Computer from the XPM Start menu, select Properties, and click Computer Name. If the workgroup name needs to be changed, click Change, click Workgroup, and enter the correct workgroup name. Click OK, and restart XPM to finish the process.

    2. If you are still unable to "see" other PCs on the network from within XPM, click the Tools button at the top of the XPM window, click Settings, and look at the Networking setting. The default setting is Shared Networking (NAT). If this setting does not permit you to see workgroup computers, select the physical network adapter in your system:

    You can still access the network and the Internet from the physical PC hosting Virtual Windows XP as well as from within XPM.

    Working with USB Devices
    XP Mode is way ahead of Virtual PC 2007 in its handling of USB devices such as printers, scanners, and mass storage devices (VPC 2007 didn't support USB mass storage at all). However, using USB devices in either XPM mode requires that you understand how to attach and release them as needed.
    Open the USB menu to see the USB devices available to Virtual Windows XP. The devices are listed in two categories: Attach and Shared. Devices listed in the Shared category are supposed to be available automatically to both the Windows 7 host and XPM. However, in my tests, I found that both types of devices needed to be attached to XPM to make them available to XPM in either Desktop or Seamless modes.
    Remember: when a device is attached to XPM, it cannot be used by your host Windows 7 operating system.

    Attaching/Releasing a Device
    To attach a device, open XPM's USB menu and click a device with the status of Attach or Shared (if the device status is listed as Release, it is already attached to XPM):
    XPM detects the device, and if you are attaching it for the first time, XPM will prompt you to search for drivers with the Found New Hardware Wizard, or you can install drivers manually. If the wizard is unable to install drivers automatically, download the latest Windows XP-compatible driver for your device within XPM and install it. You might be prompted to reboot XPM to complete driver installation.

    Tips: If you are installing a multifunction device, do not reboot XPM until you have finished installing all of the drivers and utilities necessary.
    After drivers are installed, you might need to open the USB menu again and attach the device before you can use it.
    When you are finished with the device, open the USB menu again and click the device to release it. The device can then be used by the host Windows 7 session.
    Remember: You must attach devices with XPM Desktop mode before they can be used by applications running in XPM Seamless mode.

    1 comment:

    1. Thanks for the very good explanation. I have a question to bring the subject further:

      My Epson scanner, which has drivers only for XP is well recognized under the XP mode on my win7-64bit. If I attach the (USB) scanner, it works well in the desktop mode.

      If I try seamless mode while desktop mode is open, it tells me that the desktop mode is going to be closed before the application of the scanner can start. XP mode gets then automatically closed and the application is started in seamless mode. This follows the logic of your article.

      Now, instead of calling the scanner application in seamless mode when the desktop mode is already running, if I first close the desktop mode, then call the seamless mode, the scanner application fails. I have the feeling your article says the contrary.

      Also: Is there a particular way of handling automatically USB devices in seamless mode, i.e. Can a USB device be automatically used in seamless mode without doing anything right after boot of win7?




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