12/30/2009 2608 views
I was not sure where to post this so I picked this board since it gets so many hits each day.

We have 1 application that took a ton of customizing to get it working on XP. We can't retire this application and the vendor no longer makes or supports it.

Question: If you use XP Mode on Windows 7 for 1 application like this can that app access your Windows 7 OS from within XP Mode or does XP Mode run 100% seperate from your parent OS?
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XP Mode is a thinly-disguised implementation of Virtual PC, the technology which MS bought in (from Connectix, was it?). I use VMWare rather than VPC but, from what I remember, you can access the host either by sharing its drives or by mounting them as virtual drives. More details can be obtained here.
Answered 12/31/2009 by: VBScab
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My understanding is that since it is running on an XP virtual, with the default configurations it will run completely 100% separate from your parent OS. It will use the PC name, IP address and other settings from the XP virtual, but the application will be presented on the Windows 7 desktop.
Answered 12/31/2009 by: elgwhoppo
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