I received a question on my Terry’s Computer Tips web site by a subscriber who was concerned about the End of Life of Windows XP.
In order to avoid having to make a major change, and since he was already using Windows 7 in addition to using Windows XP, his planned solution was to use the Windows XP Mode that is available in Windows 7 Professional.
Unfortunately, that name (“Windows XP Mode”) is really misleading.
Windows XP Mode is really just a specially-licensed copy of Windows XP that runs in a Microsoft Virtual PC, when you install the Microsoft virtual PC software on your Windows 7 Professioal PC.
Whether you’re running Windows XP via the Windows XP Mode virtual PC, or in any other virtual computer software, you have all the same issues.
The advantage of a virtual PC, in this case, is that you can always start again with the virtual PC image. Of course, it may not be up-to-date on the Windows XP security fixes and other updates that were released — and they may not be available when you need them again.
In other words, don’t think that Windows XP Mode or other virtual computer Windows XP installations will be any safer than Windows XP installed directly on the computer.
End of Life for Windows XP is April 8, 2014. Believe it.