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General Software Discussion / Re: Win 7 XP Mode is Hardware-Dependent
« on: January 24, 2010, 03:54 PM »
xp mode does not work on every version of windows 7, its pro, ultimate, and enterprise only (source, also the microsoft download page will tell you that your edition is not supported if you select something like home premium)

Yes, it doesn't. XP mode, as defined by Microsoft, is windows virtual pc + XP mode disk image. Windows Virtual PC on the other hands works with no problem

In fact, here is the knowledge base article about windows virtual PC:

Supported host operating systems

    * Windows 7 Home Basic
    * Windows 7 Home Premium
    * Windows 7 Enterprise
    * Windows 7 Professional
    * Windows 7 Ultimate

Supported guest operating systems

    * Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3) Professional
    * Windows Vista Enterprise Service Pack 1 (SP1) and later versions
    * Windows Vista Ultimate Service Pack 1 (SP1) and later versions
    * Windows Vista Business Service Pack 1 (SP1) and later versions *
    * Windows 7 Professional *
    * Windows 7 Enterprise.
    * Windows 7 Ultimate

Here's a direct link to windows vpc turned up by a search for KB 958559 on Microsoft's site

General Software Discussion / Re: Win 7 XP Mode is Hardware-Dependent
« on: January 23, 2010, 02:35 PM »
Just a little clarification:

Windows Virtual PC requires hardware vitalization. Also, I'm not sure if anyone mentioned this, but it works on I believe every version of windows 7. The XP image is the only part platform dependent. Since this is just VPC, it's easy enough to install XP and install the integration tools to get the same exact integration as XP mode has

My current favorite file manager is Vista's explorer + qttabbar. The fact it forgets folder settings annoy me, but the sorting and grouping options seems to be far better then any other alternative.

I also sometimes use q-dir

That one is really interesting, . It's multi pane and uses the same "engine" as windows explorer does. So under say vista you not only have all the views explorer does, you also have the same sort and grouping abilities. Plus it has color coding too. It's a little ugly and strange at pars, but over all it's a rather handy file manager. It even has one of the weirdest ways to install. Either run the downloaded program to install, or rename the installer file to q-dir.exe to run the file manager in portable mode

I also use muCommander sometimes.

Pretty standred orthodox file manager, except it has an option to browse a web address as a virtaul file system

General Software Discussion / Re: Vista Aero vs. Linux Compiz
« on: June 16, 2008, 12:27 PM »
Well, the system requirements for Vista Aero mention the presence of Shader Model 2.0, so they must be used for something :)

Look at any aero glass window. You'll see it's translucent, not transparent. That's a pixel shader in action right there.

I really believe the directx9 class card was more a requirement for the other parts of vista. If you have a directx9 class card, then you have full WPF acceleration. If you have a directx9 class card, you can accelerate movie playback. i think those had more to do with the requirements then a pixel shader used on each window

System restore worked wonders for me. I tried one of those total conversion packs to replace all the bitmaps inside various system files. The installer pretty much borked the entire system. i couldn't even boot normally without windows throwing up a ton of errors. I managed to get into safe mode ans ran system restore. It worked perfectly and made my system usable again

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