Windows 7 XP Mode is really nice

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As an early adopter of everything new (meaning if it isn’t beta it is not worth installing), I recently installed Windows 7 RC on my laptop, and yesterday I also installed Windows XP Mode, or XPM. XPM is basically an extension of Virtual PC, and a new Virtual PC beta version, that allows you to run XP applications outside of the virtual machine, just like normal applications.

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This is really useful e.g. for testing things in IE6, or older versions of Firefox. The only working way of running IE6 on Vista or Win7 is in a virtual machine, but switching between the virtual machine and your normal environment is a hassle. But now I can just start “Internet Explorer (Virtual Windows XP)” from start menu in Windows 7, and get an XP/IE6 window right beside my other apps.

The only thing that bugs me is that the taskbar icon shows a virtual pc icon instead of the IE6 icon.

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