How To Detect if your PC can Run Windows XP Mode in Windows 7
Windows 7 users may have already heard about the Windows XP Mode in Windows 7. For late comers, it basically allows Windows 7 users (supported versions are Windows 7 Professional, Windows 7 Enterprise and Windows 7 Ultimate) to run Windows XP in a virtual environment. Windows XP Mode is freely available for Windows 7 users.
Running an application using Windows XP Mode under Windows Virtual PC can be beneficial if the application is not compatible with Windows 7. Those users who wants to run Windows XP Mode can download the required software to launch applications in the virtual environment with just one click in Windows 7.
But other than the software requirements, the important requirement is that your PC’s hardware should be capable of running this virtual environment. To be more specific, your PC’s hardware should support Hardware-Assisted Virtualization (HAV) and the option needs to be first enabled in the computer’s BIOS.
To easily check this, Microsoft has released the Hardware-Assisted Virtualization Detection Tool to give the user exact information if Hardware-Assisted Virtualization is supported by the computer and if it is enabled in the BIOS or not.
This utility is compatible with all versions of Windows 7, Windows Vista SP1 or SP2 and Windows XP SP3. The Hardware-Assisted Virtualization Detection Tool is a portable software program. When you run this tool, it displays all the relevant information upon startup.