Learn about Windows® XP Mode in Windows® 7 32 bit version
Learn about Windows XP Mode in Windows 7 32 bit version. What are the requirements that need to be fulfilled for the proper working of Windows XP Mode?
Windows 7, the latest Operating System, comes with a wide variety of interesting and amazing features. With these features Windows 7 would offer a gleaming and smart performance. Windows 7 replaced its predecessor Windows Vista which had several problems like pop-ups, notifications and compatibility issues. Home group, Snap, Jump list, Windows live essential, Magnifier, improved taskbar are some of the new features of Windows 7. Then as Windows 7 supports virtualization you could run Windows XP compatible applications in it. The Windows XP Mode would permit you to run the existing applications on Windows 7 PC. The Windows XP Mode is usually an add-on for Windows 7 Professional which come in two parts namely Windows Virtual PC and Virtual Windows XP. The Windows XP Modes are also available to Windows 7 Enterprise and Ultimate users.
The following are the certain requirements of Windows XP Mode for its proper working:
- Hardware virtualization support
- Virtualization settings turned on
Hardware virtualization support
While using Windows 7 32 bit Windows XP Mode you would have to see whether your computer is capable of hardware assisted virtualization. For checking that you would have to go to the Windows XP Mode and Windows Virtual PC support website and then you would have to download the Hardware-Assisted Virtualization Detection Tool. Thus with the help of this utility you could check whether your PC will work with Windows XP Mode or not. In case you receive any error messages saying that your PC does not have hardware assisted virtualization, it means that your systems CPU does not support hardware virtualization.
Virtualization settings turned on
While Windows 7 system is working in Windows XP mode you would have to see whether the virtualization settings in your computer are turned on or not. If it is disabled then you would have to enable it. To turn on the hardware-assisted virtualization, you would have to change the BIOS settings in your PC and while changing the BIOS you would have to very careful as this interface is designed for advanced users.
While using Windows 7 32 bit Windows XP Mode you would have to make sure that you are running on Windows 7 Professional, Enterprise, or Ultimate edition. To check that, right click on My computer and click on properties. By doing so the edition of Windows 7 which you are running will be displayed under Windows edition near the top of the window. Then if you are not running Windows 7 Professional, Enterprise, or Ultimate editions then you would have to make use of Windows anytime upgrade so as to upgrade your Windows 7 to either of the Windows 7 Professional, Enterprise, or Ultimate edition.
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