The Configuring Windows XP Mode and AppLocker module provides you with the instruction and computer hardware to develop your hands on skills. This module includes the following exercises:

  • Application Compatibility using Windows XP Mode
  • Configuring Application Restrictions
  • Configuring Application Restrictions in Internet Explorer

Exercise 1 - Application Compatibility using Windows XP Mode

Using Windows XP Mode, you can run old applications that were designed for Windows XP on computers running Windows 7 Professional, Enterprise or Ultimate Editions.

Windows XP Mode works in two ways—both as a virtual operating system and as a way to open programs within Windows 7. It runs in a separate window on the Windows 7 desktop, much like a program, except it's a fully-functional, fully-licensed version of Windows XP. You can access your physical computer's CD/DVD drive, install programs, save files, and perform other tasks as if you were using a computer running Windows XP.

When using Windows XP Mode, the legacy application is installed in the Windows XP virtual machine. Then a program shortcut is created in Windows 7 where you run the old application.

Exercise 2 - Configuring Application Restrictions

In this exercise, you will apply application restrictions to unauthorised programs using AppLocker.

Applocker rules are enforceable only in Windows 7 Enterprise and higher versions. What you will perform in this exercise is configure the properties of Applocker, as the Windows 7 devices in this lab is running the Professional version.

Exercise 3 - Configuring Application Restrictions in Internet Explorer

In this exercise, you will look at some of the options in Internet Explorer to help you block and allow sites for security reasons.

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