Windows 10: Xp (or 7) PRO compatibility mode in win 10 HOME

  1.    13 Feb 2016 #1

    Xp (or 7) PRO compatibility mode in win 10 HOME


    Hi,

    Is there any way to activate a Windows xp (or 7) "PRO" compatibility mode from within a Windows 10 HOME laptop?
    (except running a virtual xp pro off course ;-) )
    I need it to run Some Siemens software that requires a PRO OS

    Grts
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       13 Feb 2016 #2

    Bene7 said: View Post
    Hi,

    Is there any way to activate a Windows xp (or 7) "PRO" compatibility mode from within a Windows 10 HOME laptop?
    (except running a virtual xp pro off course ;-) )
    I need it to run Some Siemens software that requires a PRO OS

    Grts
    WinXP Mode ran on Win7 as a virtual machine but did require Pro or better.
    Install and use Windows XP Mode in Windows 7

    WinXP Mode was discontinued before Win10 was released.
    I think a Virtual Machine would be the way to go. There may be a version available that will run on Win10 Home but I've not had such a need, yet.
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  3.    13 Feb 2016 #3

    XP Mode was a special XP image that would run under VirtualPC installed on Windows 7 Pro or higher. It will not run (at least not legally) on Windows 8 or 10. You can install a virtual machine such as VirtualBox or VMWare on Windows 10 home but you will need a legal copy of XP to install on it.
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  4.    14 Feb 2016 #4

    Ok thanks

    And How About compatibility mode to win7 ​PRO​ from within a Windows 10 ​HOME machine?
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  5.    14 Feb 2016 #5

    I think there is some confusion about compatibility modes in Windows 7 and 10.

    Windows 7 had XP Mode which essentially ran a fully licensed copy of XP within Windows 7. Compatibility was very good unless access to special hardware was required. This existed only in Windows 7, not in Windows 8 or later.

    In Windows 8 or 10 you can run VirtualBox or VMWare and run any operating system you like under that. But you must supply a legal copy of the OS.

    All modern versions of Windows have compatibility modes but these are entirely different technology. This merely makes some adjustments within the OS to make it more compatible with older software. This is much simpler and less likewly to work.

    Ok thanks

    And How About compatibility mode to win7 ​PRO​ from within a Windows 10 ​HOME machine?
    There is no compatibility mode that will do that. You would need to install VirtualBox or VMWare and install Windows 7 Pro under that. You would need to supply a legal copy of Windows 7 Pro.

    Edit: No compatibility mode in any OS will give you capabilities found only in a higher edition of the OS.
    Last edited by LMiller7; 14 Feb 2016 at 07:47.
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  6.    15 Feb 2016 #6

    I think i misexpressed myself:

    I have a Windows 10 HOME laptop and i want to right click a program and select "properties" and then i can select compatibility mode "Windows 7".

    When i try this method on my other laptop (which is running win10PRO) it works!
    But when i try it on the above mentioned Windows 10 HOME laptop it doesnt work.

    That makes me suspect that the Windows 10 HOME laptop can enable compatibility with Windows 7 HOME
    And Windows 10 PRO can enable compatibility with Windows 7 Pro or am i wrong?
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  7.    15 Feb 2016 #7

    I have a Windows 10 HOME laptop and i want to right click a program and select "properties" and then i can select compatibility mode "Windows 7".

    When i try this method on my other laptop (which is running win10PRO) it works!
    But when i try it on the above mentioned Windows 10 HOME laptop it doesnt work.
    That is exactly what you should expect.

    The difference between the various editions of Windows is in the features provided. Setting compatibility makes minor changes in the OS that often make it compatible with older software. That is all. It does not enable features found in a higher edition of Windows. The features you will have in compatibility mode are exactly the same as without compatibility mode. If you have a program that requires some feature found in a Pro version of Windows the only solution is to run it on a Pro version of Windows.

    That makes me suspect that the Windows 10 HOME laptop can enable compatibility with Windows 7 HOME
    And Windows 10 PRO can enable compatibility with Windows 7 Pro or am i wrong?
    That is correct.

    Compatibility mode was never designed as a means of circumventing the limitations of a home version of Windows.
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