With most organizations electing to wait for Windows 7 as opposed to upgrading from XP to Vista, Microsoft has provided us a unique tool to help ensure our mission critical XP applications can still run in the Windows 7 environment. It is called WIN 7 XP Mode. Each copy of Windows 7 comes with a license for Win & XP Mode. This is a virtual machine of Windows XP that you can install on your users desktop. It can be configured so that when the user launches the program, it loads up the application.
In class, a question was put forth as to whether or not Win 7 XP Mode can use Domain Credentials. The answer is yes. Here is the procedure below.
• Open the settings for the XP VM and delete the cashed credentials.
• Start the XP Virtual Machine
• Right Click on My Computer and select Properties
• On the computer name tab, click the change button
• Join the computer to the domain and reboot it
• Now when it starts logon with DomainName\UserName