Recently while giving a presentation on Windows XP mode, which is the ability to run a “Virtual XP” environment within Windows 7, the conversation came up about managing and protecting the XP machine. YES you need to manage and protect the machine like it is another computer in your environment. The license for the Virtual XP in XP mode is provided as a feature when you purchase of a Business Oriented version of Windows 7. These include Professional, Enterprise or Ultimate.
The question was about Anti-Virus and Malware protection. Several known brands were mentioned. I then proceeded to talk about the free Microsoft Security Essentials. I was actually surprised to see that nobody had heard of this from Microsoft. So I wanted to call attention to it.
About Microsoft Security Essentials
Microsoft Security Essentials provides real-time protection for your home PC that guards against viruses, spyware, and other malicious software.
Microsoft Security Essentials is a free* download from Microsoft that is simple to install, easy to use, and always kept up to date so you can be assured your PC is protected by the latest technology. It’s easy to tell if your PC is secure — when you’re green, you’re good. It’s that simple.
Microsoft Security Essentials runs quietly and efficiently in the background so that you are free to use your Windows-based PC the way you want—without interruptions or long computer wait times.
Find more information at Microsoft Security Essentials
Learn more at the Microsoft Malware Protection Center
Find information, definitions, and analyses of all the latest threats that Microsoft Security Essentials can help protect you against in the Microsoft Malware Protection Center.
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*Your PC must run genuine Windows to install Microsoft Security Essentials. Learn more about genuine