One of the benefits of running Windows 7 Professional version and above is the ability to run 7 in XP Mode. But the down side for some was that XP mode used specific hardware that was built into some, but not all, cpu’s. Now Microsoft has announced that this is no longer the case and that XP mode will now run on more PC’s. In a recent article from Microsoft it also stated:

Windows XP Mode will no longer require hardware virtualization technology to run. This change makes it extremely easy for businesses to use Windows XP Mode to address any application incompatibility roadblocks they might have in migrating to Windows 7. Windows XP Mode will of course continue to use hardware virtualization technology such as Intel VT (Intel Virtualization Technology) or AMD-V if available.

In addition we are also getting some more information about Windows 7 SP1, which is going to be a minor tune-up. SP1 will include basically all previously downloaded updates and a some minor tweaks described as:

SP1 for Windows 7 will, however, deliver an updated Remote Desktop client that takes advantage of RemoteFX introduced in the server-side with SP1 for Windows Server 2008 R2.

What is still unknown is when SP1 will be made available for download. I believe most of us Windows 7 users are still satisfied with the way Windows 7 performs. Just my 2 cents.

Comments welcome.

Microsoft source