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XP MODE UPDATE - Hardware Virtualization No Longer

  • Hardware
  • Virtualization
  • Windows XP
  • Windows 7
Last response: in Windows 7
a b $ Windows 7
March 18, 2010 1:35:10 PM


We’re announcing an update to Windows XP Mode today that will make it a more accessible to PCs in small and midsize businesses who want to migrate to Windows 7 Professional but have applications that still require Windows XP. Windows XP Mode will no longer require hardware virtualization technology to run. This change makes it extremely easy for businesses to use Windows XP Mode to address any application incompatibility roadblocks they might have in migrating to Windows 7. Windows XP Mode will of course continue to use hardware virtualization technology such as Intel VT (Intel Virtualization Technology) or AMD-V if available. You can find more information and download the update which will go live later today here.

Windows XP Mode is designed for small and midsize businesses. For enterprise customers, we recommend they use Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization (MED-V) which is part of the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack for Software Assurance. MED-V provides deployment and manageability features better fit to address the needs of the enterprise customer. For more information on MED-V, click here. You can discover how MED-V works with deployment and management of virtual Windows desktops in key scenarios for the enterprise here on the Springboard Series on TechNet. And Stephen Rose recently blogged about our MED-V SP1 release here.

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a b $ Windows 7
March 18, 2010 3:50:38 PM

How about those of us that have hardware virtualization that XP mode insists isn't there?


Good news from MS. I still would like to get my hardware support up and running, though. It's enabled in BIOS, but for some reason it's not detected.
a b $ Windows 7
March 18, 2010 6:17:43 PM

Arrrrrggggghhhh! And I just upgraded from a Socket 939 to AM3 Chip and Motherboard. NOW you remove this restriction????? [:isamuelson]

In all seriousness, this is a nice thing to see, even though that wasn't the reason I upgrade from 939 to AM3. Mine was more of getting out of the stone age and being able to play more recent games.

Still, this is a nice move by MS. Too bad that didn't do it earlier. Now, how about removing the requirement that it has to be Professional (I already run Professional so it doesn't affect me any), but it would definitely open it up to a wider range of people out there who are running Windows 7 Home edition?