XP Mode with Windows 7 = Greater Security Risk

Microsoft risks undoing much of the work it has done on the security front over the past few years by shipping XP Mode with Windows 7. Sophos’s Richard Jacobs doesn’t pull any punches when it comes to outlining the issues: “XP mode delivers Windows XP compatibility by creating a virtual PC, running the tried and tested […]

Microsoft risks undoing much of the work it has done on the security front over the past few years by shipping XP Mode with Windows 7. Sophos’s Richard Jacobs doesn’t pull any punches when it comes to outlining the issues: “XP mode delivers Windows XP compatibility by creating a virtual PC, running the tried and tested OS, on your Windows 7 desktop. All your XP supported applications then run in that environment. The level of integration is such that most users won't even be aware that XP is there. XP mode makes sense and ought to help organisations to transition from native Windows XP to Windows 7. This is particularly important to Microsoft, as most of us didn't buy Vista. They can't afford for us to shun the latest incarnation of Windows as well.”