Thursday, 18 March 2010

Windows XP Mode drops hardware virtualisation

Microsoft has just announced that it's dropping the hardware virtualisation requirements for Windows XP mode. According to the blog post, an update will be released later today on the Virtual PC website.

Until now XP Mode (which is available on Windows 7 Professional and Ultimate) required processors with either Intel VT or AMD-V. Now a wider range of PCs with older processors will be able to run XP Mode.

Update 19/3/2010: The 32-bit download is available from here and the 64-bit version from here. Microsoft says that when running on PCs without hardware virtualisation, only Windows XP is officially supported as the guest OS, even though other operating systems can be installed without problems.

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