Windows 7 XP Mode Won’t Run on All Intel and AMD chips

by admin May 7, 2009 at 4:30 pm

Microsoft has provided Windows XP mode in Windows 7 to allow both operating systems to run on a PC, not all PCs will be able to use the feature. Using Windows XP mode requires an Intel processor with Intel VT or an AMD processor with AMD-V. Intel’s Celeron and Atom chips do not have the virtualization technology, nor does AMD’s Sempron line.

Though Microsoft ‘s new Windows XP mode for Windows 7 is designed to enable users to run both operating systems on the same machine, some business and consumer users may be frustrated that they won’t be able to take advantage of the option.

“All you need to do is to install suitable applications directly in Windows XP mode, which is a virtual Windows XP environment running under Windows Virtual PC,” wrote Scott Woodgate last month in an official Microsoft blog. The problem is that the user’s machine must be equipped with an Intel or AMD processor featuring integrated support for virtualization technology.

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