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Windows XP* Mode in Windows 7*

Last Reviewed: 05-May-2016
Article ID: 000007560

Windows XP* mode for Windows 7* makes it easy to install and run many Windows XP applications from a Windows 7-based PC. It uses virtualization technology such as Windows Virtual PC* to provide a virtual Windows XP environment for Windows 7.

System requirements:

  • Operating System: Windows 7 Professional*, Windows 7 Ultimate* or Windows 7 Enterprise*.
  • Hard drive: 2 GB of hard drive space is needed for installing Windows XP Mode; an additional 15 GB of hard drive space is needed for the virtual Windows environment.
  • Software: Virtualization software like Windows Virtual PC is required.
  • Processor: A processor supporting Intel® Virtualization Technology (Intel® VT) is required. Windows XP mode requires a processor capable of hardware virtualization.
  • Motherboard: Must support a processor with Intel VT, and the BIOS should have the option to enable/disable Intel VT. Intel VT must be enabled in the BIOS.

For a list of Intel® processors that support Intel VT, refer to the Intel® Virtualization Technology List.

For more information and support on Windows Virtual PC and Windows XP Mode installation and use, refer to Windows XP Mode and Windows Virtual PC Home*.

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