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Windows 7's Windows XP Mode Needs 2GB of RAM and True Processor Virtualization

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Remember that awesome Windows XP Mode reported to be included in Windows 7? Well, it looks like it will have a couple of hardware specifications. Straight from Gizmodo:

• A CPU that has true chip-level virtualization from Intel or AMD.
• 2GB of RAM minimum.
• While XP Mode will be a free download for buyers of 
Windows 7 Professional, Windows 7 Enterprise, and Windows 7 Ultimate, you will need a licensed copy of Windows XP Service Pack 3.
All seems very straightforward except the virtualization part. According to Microsoft's Scott Woodgate, "Some PCs have [chip-level virtualization] and some don't. It's not as clear as it should be relative to which PCs have support and which don't." Hopefully, they will release a tester program along with Windows 7.

I would definitely love to have Windows XP Mode on my Windows 7 PC, I just hope that these processors will be easy to find.



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