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How to Determine if The Processor Supports Hardware Virtualization



Imagine you updated to Windows 7, but some of your programs do not work and you decided to go back to Windows XP. You can avoid this by using Windows 7 feature, – Windows XP Mode. It allows you to launch all the programs in Windows XP environment as if you really have Windows XP installed. Windows XP Mode is a kind of Virual machine you run in Windows 7.

NOTE 2 main factors:

1. XP Mode is not available in Windows 7 Starter and Windows 7 Home Basic Editions.

2. Your CPU (i.e. processor) must support hardware virtualization and it must be enabled.

 

How to determine if the processor supports hardware virtualization:

If you have an Intel Processor you’d perform next steps:

1. Download Intel Processor Identification Utility . Install it. Run it.

2. You can launch the program from Start > All Programs > Intel Processor Identification Utility. Accept the licence agreement.

3. The window with CPU info will show up.

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4. Now go to ‘CPU Technologies’ tab to check if it supports hardware virtualization.

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This very CPU doesn’t support hardware virtualization and you can not use XP Mode in Windows 7.

 

If you have an AMD Processor you’d perform next steps:

1. Download AMD Virtualization Technology and Microsoft Hyper-V System Compatibility Check Utility. Install and run it.

2. In order to run it, you should have administrator privileges. Right-click on the executable file and choose ‘Run as Administrator’ option.

3. When the program loads, it will tell you if the processor supports hardware virtualization.

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If it does not support Hyper-V, then you will not be able to use Windows XP Mode in Windows 7.

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