Microsoft takes down Hardware Virtualization requirement for XP mode in Windows 7

Windows 7 is packed with a really cool feature called Windows XP mode. The whole aim of XP mode is to allow users to run apps from Windows XP which aren’t compatible with Windows 7, but sadly some people weren’t able to use Windows XP mode because it required hardware virtualization. Microsoft has taken down that barrier as well.


Finally users can use the Windows XP mode in Windows 7 without having a processor which supports Virtualization technology. This is great news for those who have old Intel processors because Intel has always considered virtualization as a very premium feature and was only offered it on higher end processors, unlike AMD which has been offering Virtualization Technology soon after they released their 64 bit processor line up.

To use XP Mode without hardware virtualization, you’ll need to download either of the following patches:

Update for Windows 7 (KB977206) ( for 32bit )

Update for Windows 7 for x64-based Systems (KB977206)

XP Mode itself can be downloaded from here.