The first step occurred before NT was even released, when Microsoft decided to give NT the Windows 3.x user interface, making it easier for users to move from one platform to the next.
However, in the early days of NT, compatibility was a nightmare: NT could run some DOS and Windows applications (albeit slowly), but it could work with only a small subset of the hardware that was available to DOS/Windows users.
As such, Microsoft provides Windows XP Mode, a full version of XP that runs from within Windows 7. These are the files we need to create the XP Mode virtual hard disk. Select Extract from the toolbar, then press the ellipsis icon next to the address bar. The file should immediately change into a virtual hard disk, and the icon to boot. We want the virtual hard disk we created to be at the top, so it boots first. The software is a fair bit smarter these days (read: automated), and picks up your network settings without prompt.
Don’t give up though because I’m going to show you how to take that Windows XP Mode download, extract a file or three, and load it up in a virtual machine, such as 7-Zip or Pea Zip. Head to the Microsoft Windows XP Mode download page. On the next page, select Windows XPMode_en-us.exe, then hit Next. It can virtualize all sorts of operating systems, including mac OS (read our tutorial here When you’re done, your new virtual machine setup should look like this: Okay? Before we boot up our shiny new Windows XP virtual machine, we need to tweak a few settings. However, if it doesn’t work (and we’ll realize the good or bad news in a moment when we fire up the virtual machine), you can try an alternative configuration. When it reboots, you can Cancel the New Hardware Installation and Microsoft Automatic Update wizards.Activate the full version of Driver Finder for a one-time low fee of only 29.95 USD for a year's access on up to 3 PCs. Activate the full version of Driver Finder for a one-time low fee of only 29.95 USD for a year's access on up to 3 PCs.Frustrated with numerous PC errors, device connectivity issues and other annoying problems? Future NT releases, such as NT 4., closed the gap, and 2000 added a lot of important 9x features like Plug-and-Play support, hardware-accelerated Direct X support, and the like.And later 9x releases, especially Windows Me, incorporated some reliability and stability technologies, though the inherent instability of the underlying platform undermined much of that work.A new Security Center dashboard, was one of the flagship changes.