Requirements for Windows® XP® Mode in Windows® 7
Windows 7 comes in six different varieties - Starter, Home Basic, Home Premium, Professional, Enterprise, and Ultimate. Now choosing the right edition from these six variations can be confusing. Windows 7 needs some basic requirements such as 1 GHz 32-bit or 64-bit processor,1 GB of system memory,16 GB of available disk space, support for DirectX 9 graphics with 128 MB memory, DVD-R/W Drive and Internet access. Windows 7 comes with some common features like home group, jump list, snaps, Windows live essentials, Windows search, and Windows task bar which would enhance your experience on the whole. Windows XP Home Edition has a set of system compatibility list which needs to be met to load it on your system. This includes a system with a 233-MHz or 300-MHz Intel Pentium or Celeron family; compatible recommended memory: 128 MB or more; recommended Disk Space 1.5 GB; CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive Display includes a Super VGA monitor and video adapter supporting 800 x 600 or higher resolution and Video Card for DVD video playback with DVD-ROM drive and DVD decoder card or DVD decoder software and 8 MB of video RAM for Windows Movie Maker Video capture feature requires appropriate digital or analog video capture device 400-MHz or faster processor.
What is Windows Virtual PC, Windows XP mode system requirements, and the setting up and use of Windows XP mode are discussed below:
- Windows Virtual PC
- Windows XP mode system requirements
- Setting up and use of Windows XP mode
Windows Virtual PC
Windows Virtual PC is the latest Microsoft virtualization technology released for Windows 7. It is the runtime engine for Windows XP Mode to enable a virtual Windows environment for Windows 7. With Windows Virtual PC, the Windows XP Mode applications can be seen and accessed from a Windows 7 desktop. Microsoft Virtual PC 2007 can be used to run multiple OSs (Operating Systems) simultaneously within the same personal computer.
Windows XP mode system requirements
To install a Windows XP mode, you need minimum system requirements which include 2GB system RAM and a CPU which supports chip-level virtualization. You would be able to download and install the Windows XP Mode feature which would allow it to run a virtualized copy of Windows XP SP3 in order to minimize compatibility issues.
To run the Windows XP item in the 'Start' menu, you need to add in a password and make sure to remember the credentials if you want the integration features to work smoothly. Once the installation wizard is complete, you would see a dialog which sets up Windows XP for use, which would take some time to complete. If you receive a message which says hardware virtualization is not enabled, you need to reboot your system and check that the BIOS (basic input/output system) option is enabled. It is usually found under the advanced settings page.
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