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Which Intel CPUs Support XP Mode Virtualization?

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 62 comments

Windows 7 RC is finally here for everyone, and with it comes a brand new feature of being able to run Windows XP in all its glory in a virtualized environment.

As we’ve detailed before, XP Mode will run the older operating system in a virtual environment inside Windows 7 for maximum compatibility with older applications. In fact, Microsoft is claiming that XP Mode provides near perfect Windows XP compatibility within Windows 7 – so that takes care of one of the raison d'etre for the old OS.

A minimum of 2 GB RAM is needed for XP Mode. And as we detailed last week, XP Mode will utilize and require virtualization technologies in recent processors such as Intel VT and AMD-V. Often hardware virtualization will need to be enabled in the system BIOS too.

Now the confusion comes in for many owners of recent Intel CPUs. Even if you have a Core 2 Duo or Quad CPU, that doesn’t mean that you have what it takes to run XP Mode in Windows 7.

For one reason or another, Intel has confusingly differentiated its processor line by including and excluding VT, even in CPUs of the same generation and family. To make matters worse, there isn’t an easy way to tell if your CPU is capable of virtualization other than digging through the documentation.

Thankfully, Ed Bott in his ZDNet blog has done the dirty work for us and compiled a list of all current Intel processors and have marked them with either a “Yes” or “No” for the presence of Intel VT.

Desktop CPUS

Core 2 Duo 
E4300/4400/4500/4600/4700NO
E6300/6320/6400/6420/6540/6550YES
E6600/6700/6750/6850YES
E7200/7300/7400/7500NO
E8190NO
E8200/8300/8400/8500/8600YES
Core 2 Extreme 
QX6700/6800/6850YES
QX9650/9770/9775YES
X6800YES
Core 2 Quad 
Q6600/6700YES
Q8200/8200S/8300/8400/8400SNO
Q9300/9400/9400SYES
Q9450/9550/9550S/9650YES
Core i7/Core i7 Extreme 
I7-920/940YES
I7-965YES
Pentium D/Pentium EE 
805/820/830/840NO
915/925/935/945NO
920/930/940/950/960YES
955/965YES
Pentium for Desktop 
E2140/2160/2180/2200/2220NO
E5200/5300/5400NO

Mobile CPU products

Core 2 Duo Mobile 
L7200/7300/7400/7500YES
P7350/7450NO
P7370YES
P8400/8600/8700/9500/9600YES
SL9300/9400/9600YES
SP9300/9400/9600YES
SU9300/9400/9600YES
T5200/5250/5270/5300/5450/5470NO
T5500/5600YES
T5550/5670/5750/5800/5850/5870/5900NO
T6400/6570NO
T7100/7200/7250/7300/7400YES
T7500/7600/7700/7800YES
T8100/8300YES
T9300/9400/9500/9550/9600/9800YES
U7500/U7600YES
Core 2 Extreme Mobile 
QX9300YES
X7800/7900YES
X9000/9100YES
Core 2 Quad Mobile 
Q9000YES
Q9100NO
Core 2 Solo 
SU3300/3500YES
U2100/2200YES
Core Duo 
L2300/2400/2500YES
T2050/2250NO
T2300/2400/2500/2600/2700YES
T2300E/2350/2450NO
U2400/2500YES
Core Solo 
T1300/1400YES
T1350NO
U1300/1400/1500YES

Check out Ed Bott's blog for some further clarity in the mess that is Intel VT CPUs. If you've already got your Windows 7 RC on, check out the Virtual PC and XP Mode beta here.

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    deltatux , May 5, 2009 9:28 PM
    AMD has virtualization built into all 65nm and 45nm processors. That's why it's not really needed to post an AMD list as all recent AMD processors support AMD-V.
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    zaratustra06 , May 5, 2009 9:51 PM
    So AMD win?
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    IzzyCraft , May 5, 2009 9:01 PM
    P8400/8600/8700/9500/9600 YES
    Q9450/9550/9550S/9650 YES
    all i needed
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    Spanky Deluxe , May 5, 2009 9:04 PM
    At least some P7350 chips do actually support Intel VT. All the ones in the Early 2009 generation of 2.0 GHz Mac Minis certainly appear to. Source.
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    A Stoner , May 5, 2009 9:06 PM
    Are some motherboards not compatible with VT?
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    Vettedude , May 5, 2009 9:06 PM
    Q8xxx no? :(  I am throwing a pity party now. ;) 
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    zerapio , May 5, 2009 9:07 PM
    Nice, good thing my QX9770 supports it! :D 
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    blackthorne , May 5, 2009 9:08 PM
    http://www.intel.com/products/processor/core2duo/specifications.htm
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    blackthorne , May 5, 2009 9:09 PM
    oddly enough it actually wasn't too hard finding this information as I already looked it up after hearing you needed this tech for xp mode. see link above.
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    IzzyCraft , May 5, 2009 9:11 PM
    what about amd? who gonna have the bigger pitty party
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    deltatux , May 5, 2009 9:28 PM
    AMD has virtualization built into all 65nm and 45nm processors. That's why it's not really needed to post an AMD list as all recent AMD processors support AMD-V.
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    LockPick , May 5, 2009 9:28 PM
    No E7xxx D:
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    zaratustra06 , May 5, 2009 9:51 PM
    So AMD win?
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    Dax corrin , May 5, 2009 10:21 PM
    What other BIOS options would we need to look for, IE I have an XFX 780i SLI board, and a compatible VT enabled E8400.
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    gosefroba , May 5, 2009 10:23 PM
    both my desktop and notebook can run xps mode w00t
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    kamkal , May 5, 2009 11:02 PM
    e8400 ftw!
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    Spanky Deluxe , May 5, 2009 11:03 PM
    Dax CorrinWhat other BIOS options would we need to look for, IE I have an XFX 780i SLI board, and a compatible VT enabled E8400.


    I believe there's a bios option called "Disable C1E" or "Disable Vanderpool Technology". Alternatively, just fire up CPU-Z and check to see whether VT is already enabled.
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    Anonymous , May 5, 2009 11:37 PM
    Since the whole idea is to ensure more compatibility, MS should be able to make virtual XP mode work without the VT support at CPU level if CPU fast enough and lots of RAM. I successfully ran Virtual PC on same PC that runs Windows 7 only to find out that the CPU does not qualify since no VT (Desktop CoreDuo 945, laptop has 5800) Both PCs have 4 GB ram.
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    Anonymous , May 6, 2009 1:46 AM
    So, in other words, if "XP mode" was primarily aimed at helping enterprises easily migrate to Win7 from XP, then the whole "XP mode" was a massive, combined epic fail from Microsoft and Intel? SRSLY, that just fuxxed up any chance of a quick and easy Win7 UAT certification from any large enterprise...
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    yoda8232 , May 6, 2009 2:18 AM
    Hmm, I'd like to see what processors it works with AMD.
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    matt_b , May 6, 2009 2:29 AM
    deltatuxAMD has virtualization built into all 65nm and 45nm processors. That's why it's not really needed to post an AMD list as all recent AMD processors support AMD-V.

    Another senseless act on Intel's part to even diasable a feature such as this. Seems like it would be easier to make things a little more uniform. Oh well, I have an E8400 so i'm covered anyway.

    Yes to the above poster about Virtualization Technology and it being a BIOS option. If I recall though, it should be enabled by default.
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    mrubermonkey , May 6, 2009 3:03 AM
    What about Xeons and Opterons?
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