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Windows Server 2008 R2, Desktop Virtualization Pop Quiz: Enable and Manage Windows XP Mode

Applies to the "Deploying and Managing a Presentation Virtualization Environment" objective of Exam 70-669 TS: Windows Server 2008 Desktop Virtualization.

Q: Which versions of Windows 7 are required to install Windows XP mode? Choose three.

  1. Windows 7 Professional
  2. Windows 7 Home Premium
  3. Windows 7 Ultimate
  4. Windows 7 Enterprise

Answer and explanation is below.

Answer is A, C, D: Only Windows 7 Professional, Ultimate, and Enterprise support Windows XP mode. The PC must support hardware-assisted virtualization and be enabled in BIOS. Also, Windows XP mode and Virtual PC must be installed; both can be downloaded free at Microsoft.com.

Quick Tip: Windows XP mode allows users to run programs that would normally only run in a Windows XP environment. When a program is installed in Windows XP mode, the program appears in both the Windows XP mode list of programs and in the Windows 7 list of programs, allowing the user to open the program directly from Windows 7.


Bonus Question: What is the grace period for Remote Desktop Services (RDS) Client Access Licenses (CALs) in Windows Server 2008 R2? (Tweet your answer with #pop669c and get a chance to win a Redmond t-shirt! Deadline for entries is Wednesday, March 28.)

Answer to last week's bonus question: The minimum requirement to virtualize the server's display adaptor when using RemoteFX and make it available to virtual desktops is at least one graphics processing unit (GPU).

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