Back in May, I posted about a Live Meeting we were presenting about Windows 7 and Windows XP Mode.  This was a very popular webcast and Windows XP mode is one feature of Windows 7 that is getting a lot of attention.  Now, we are very happy to announce that the Windows XP Mode Release Candidate is now available for download.

You can access the download of Windows Virtual PC RC and Windows XP Mode RC here.

Windows XP Mode is specially designed for small and medium-sized businesses to help ease the migration process to Windows 7 by providing additional compatibility for their older productivity applications. The newly updated Windows XP Mode now works with the RC and RTM versions of the Windows 7 Professional, Ultimate and Enterprise SKUs.

So what’s new in the RC version of Windows XP Mode?  Based on feedback from the Windows XP Mode beta, we’ve made several improvements to the usability of Windows XP Mode for small and medium-sized business users:

  • You can now attach USB devices to Windows XP Mode applications directly from the Windows 7 task-bar. This means your USB devices, such as printers and flash drives, are available to applications running in Windows XP Mode, without the need to go into full screen mode.
  • You can now access Windows XP Mode applications with a “jump-list”. Right click on the Windows XP Mode applications from the Windows 7 task bar to select and open most recently used files.
  • You now have the flexibility of customizing where Windows XP Mode differencing disk files are stored.
  • You can now disable drive sharing between Windows XP Mode and Windows 7 if you do not need that feature.
  • The initial setup now includes a new user tutorial about how to use Windows XP Mode.

If you are interested, you can read even more about the new RC release, as well as comments from Partners and customers about Windows XP Mode in this post by the Windows 7 Team.

Thank you and have a wonderful day,

Eric Ligman – Follow me on clip_image003 clip_image004
Global Partner Experience Lead
Microsoft Worldwide Partner Group
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