Installing Applications

Windows Virtual PC is configured by default to share your computer's optical drives with Windows 7 . While the virtual environment is running, AutoRun is disabled. To install an application from a CD or DVD in Windows XP Mode, therefore, run the virtual environment, pop in the disc, open My Computer in Windows XP, and run the application's setup program .

After you have installed a program in this manner, Windows Virtual PC (in its default configuration) publishes that program to Windows 7. Thereafter, you can run it "seamlessly" by launching it from the Windows 7 Start menu. As Figure 5-6 shows, applications installed in Windows XP Mode are given Start-menu shortcuts in the folder Windows XP Mode Applications

Applications installed in Windows XP Mode and launched from the Windows 7 Start menu run on the Windows 7 desktop, without visible Windows XP Mode paraphernalia. They take longer to launch, because the virtual environment must be initialized. Once launched, however, they cohabit agreeably with your Windows 7 programs (see Figure 5-7).

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Figure 5-6 Applications installed in Windows XP Mode are published to Windows 7 and can be launched from the Windows 7 Start menu

Figure 5-6 Applications installed in Windows XP Mode are published to Windows 7 and can be launched from the Windows 7 Start menu

Figure 5-7 Excel 2002, installed in Windows XP Mode and launched from the Windows 7 Start menu, can share the Windows 7 desktop with Excel 2007, as shown here.

Messages generated by an application running seamlessly also appear on the Windows 7 desktop, identified by the word Remote:

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