Windows 7 : how to know if my cpu support Windows XP Mode

May 6th, 2009

To determine whether your PC works with Windows XP Mode:
Step 1. Does my PC have a CPU with support for hardware virtualization?

For Intel processors:

  • Download, install and run the Intel Processor Identification Utility.
  • Navigate to the CPU Technologies tab and read the value in the “Intel Virtualization Technology” field.

    • If the value is No then your CPU does not support hardware virtualization.

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    • If the value is Yes then the CPU supports hardware virtualization. Go on to step 2 below.

For AMD processors:
AMD Virtualization Compatibility Check Utility.

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Step 2. Does my PC BIOS support hardware virtualization, and is it turned on?

Instructions to turn on hardware virtualization in your PC BIOS are specific to OEM models. It is important that after changing your BIOS settings the PC is completely shut down at the power switch before restarting so that the new BIOS settings can take place.

Examples for some models of some computer manufacturer’s BIOS settings are below:

Dell system:

  • Depress the F12 key when boot menu text appears at startup
  • Select BIOS setup and depress the Enter key
  • Using the mouse, expand the Virtualization Support menu item by clicking on the plus to the left of Virtualization Support and select Virtualization
  • Check the Enable Intel Virtualization Technology checkbox
  • Click Apply
  • Click Exit
  • Fully shut down (power off), wait a few seconds, and restart your computer
HP system:
  • Depress Esc key when prompted at startup
  • Depress the F10 key to Configure BIOS
  • Scroll to System Configuration using the arrow keys
  • Select Virtualization Technology and depress the Enter key
  • Select Enabled and depress the Enter key
  • Depress the F10 key to save and exit
  • Select Yes and depress the Enter key
  • Fully shut down (power off), wait a few seconds, and restart your computer
  • Depress the blue ThinkVantage key when prompted at startup
  • Depress the F1 key to enter the BIOS setup utility
  • Using the arrow keys, scroll to Config and depress the Enter key
  • Scroll to CPU and depress the Enter key
  • Scroll to Intel ® Virtualization Technology and depress the Enter key
  • Select Enabled and depress the Enter key
  • Depress Enter key to continue
  • Depress F10 key to save and exit
  • Select Yes and depress the Enter key
  • Fully shut down (power off), wait a few seconds, and restart your computer
Once you have confirmed your PC can run Windows XP Mode:

4 Responses to “Windows 7 : how to know if my cpu support Windows XP Mode”

  1. Simon says:

    Thank,I found my PC do not support windows xp mode

  2. klado says:

    SOOO FUCKED UP, sometime i hate microsoft for these donkeys-ish things they do along. why didn’t they embedded this option in the selfsame window 7…mac does that since os 9!!why cant they¿? what a let down for me and lot of software that arent functioning, made me want to go back to xp, but format again is such a pain as the things are now!!that i cant even think into that.

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