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Windowx XP mode on Windows 7 Home Premium?

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I have a client that has an old hp scanner. He just bought windows 7 home premium 64 bit and wants to connect the scanner to his new computer. I checked with HP, they do not carry Windows 7 drivers for that model.

My question is:
1) Since he doesn't run Windows 7 Professional, Can he install XP mode on Windows 7 home premium PC? Will it work?
2) Before I install XP mode, do I need to install anything else, like Virtual PC?

Thank you.
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You can download, install and run Windows Virtual Pc on Windows 7 Home Premium, but Windows XP Mode only works with the Professional, Ultimate and Enterprise versions:

http://www.microsoft.com/windows/virtual-pc/support/requirements.aspx

You could install your own version of Windows XP on the 7 Home Premium pc, but it wouldn't operate in "xp mode"; i.e., it would not make available operation of XP installed programs from the Windows 7 Start Menu.  Other alternatives if you are going to use a virtual edition of XP on a Win7 Home Premium pc (again, not available with the "xp mode") include Virtual Box and VMware player.
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