Widows 7 “XP mode” comes with…you guessed it…some attached strings

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by Mike
Posted April 29th, 2009 at 9:27 am

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I’m sure when Microsoft recently announced “XP Mode” in Windows 7 for compatibilities sake, many a IT admin cried out in happiness and disbelief.  However, like many good things in life there are some nagging little strings that also are coming along for the ride.  The first string being that if you want compatibility mode you’re going to have to pony up for either Windows 7 Professional, Windows 7 Enterprise, or Windows 7 Ultimate as those are the only versions that will be able to download XP Mode for free.  One would think that since a majority of users who are more “basic” users that are upgrading and just want their stuff to work would have access to this XP Mode for free.  Not so.  It looks like they’ll have to open up their wallets further at checkout time if they really want to run their old software in Windows 7.  Good call Microsoft.  The rest of the strings await you just inside.  Happy clicking.

The second string (a rather minor and obvious one really), is the need for a minimum of 2 GB of RAM.  Really, in this day and age, any modern and up to date operating system is going to need 2GB of RAM.  This isn’t much of a shocker.  However, the third (and for now) final string is that in order to take advantage of the XP Mode/virtualization you will need a processor that has chip-level virtualization support.  Supposedly, most if not all of AMD’s chips since the Athlon 64 have this.  Intel on the other hand is more spotty with most if not all Core i7 chips having the needed support and older chips such as the Atom, Core 2, and Pentium lines being “hit and miss”.  If you want a quick and easy way to find out if your chip will play nice or not with XP Mode, instead of waiting for Microsoft to issue some sort of guide/help manual, check out this app right here called “SecurAble” and in a matter of seconds you will know if you’re good to go or not.  Did Windows 7 just become slightly less desirable?  Nah…I need a new computer anyway.

Source: Engadget

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