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Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Windows 7's "XP Mode" Won't Run on Some CPUs

Many Intel powered notebooks including Asus, Dell Studio, HP Pavilion, Sony Vaio, and Toshiba Satellite models may not have what it takes to run Windows 7's XP mode. Featured in the recent Windows 7 release candidate, Microsoft included XP mode to entice business customers to upgrade to Windows 7 even if they're using custom made programs that run only on XP.

To run XP Mode, your Intel powered computer must support Intel Virtualization Technology. Problem is, many Intel laptops found on retail shelves aren't packing Intel VT. MD-powered computers may also find difficulties running XP mode since Sempron processors and some Athlon 64 chips don't support virtualization. For the everyday user this may not be as big an issue since XP Mode is targeted at a small segment of the market. And gamers should take note that XP mode was not built to support video games.

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