Microsoft Offers Windows XP Mode For Windows 7

Posted: Aug 5 2009, 6:40am CDT | by , Updated: Aug 11 2010, 3:39pm CDT, in News | Technology News

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Microsoft has announced a new Windows XP Mode for Windows 7 that allows legacy apps to run on Windows 7 using virtualization. The mode will be offered free of charge and is based on a virtualized version of XP SP3.

ITProPortal reports that the OS needs to have security patches installed since it runs as its own OS even when virtualized. The XP Mode will only operate on Windows 7 Pro and Ultimate versions and will require a virtualization engine.

All AMD processors except Sempron products will work with virtualization features. A file will be needed to determine if Intel parts are virtualization capable. Virtualization also requires 1GB of additional RAM and 15GB of hard drive space.

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