Windows 7 XP Mode – New Requirements

Great News!!! One of the most renowned features in Windows 7 Professional, Enterprise and Ultimate was the XP Mode. Where a Windows XP Virtual Machine can be downloaded and installed. This was mostly used for incompatible applications which runs on XP and not on 7.

One of the requirement for this feature was to have a processor which supports Intel – VT or AMD-V, which makes only the newer computers with these processor types to have this feature. Microsoft has removed the virtualization-enabled processor requirement for Windows XP Mode on Windows 7.

Refined system requirements for XP Mode

  • Windows 7 Professional, Enterprise or Ultimate
  • 1 GHz or faster 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor
  • 1 GB RAM (32-bit) / 2 GB RAM (64-bit)
  • 16 GB of available disk space (32-bit) / 20 GB (64-bit)
  • DirectX® 9 graphics processor with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver

The virtualization-enabled processor requirement has been replaced by a software update which can be found Here.

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