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Windows 7 Drops XP Hardware Virtualization Requirement

Windows 7 Drops XP Hardware Virtualization Requirement

One of the tools Microsoft developed to aid companies in transitioning from Windows XP to Windows 7 was a free virtualized copy of Windows XP. Once downloaded and installed, users with XP-specific applications could run them seamlessly alongside Windows 7. Inventing such a practical, useful tool apparently frightened someone at Microsoft and XP Mode was hamstrung with a requirement that crippled its usefulness. In order to use Microsoft's free virtual OS, the CPU in question had to support hardware virtualization.


Windows XP mode running simultaneously with Win 7. Image by Paul Thurrott

Both AMD and Intel support hardware virtualization (AMD-V and VT-x respectively), but AMD restricted the technology much less than Intel did. Intel opted to use VT-x as a premium feature, which led to spotty coverage and occasional customer confusion. At one point, Intel had a line of 45nm quad-core processors that were running cheaper (and faster) than the older 65nm Core 2 Quad 6600. The difference between the two was VT-x, the Q6600 supported it, the other chips didn't.

Happily, this is no longer an issue. Microsoft has removed the hardware virtualization requirement for Windows XP, making it available to businesses and consumers who may have previously been unable to utilize it. The updated version is available here; there's no word yet on any performance differences between hardware and software virtualization.
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This seems to be a very good thing. Many of the users in the general public myself included do not have really current computers hardware wise. I mean mine work's, not to mention I am on Vista for now. But I intend to upgrade very soon maybe this week or month to Windows 7.

Let me ask a question, I do have a friend who has done it, and thinks it is very good. How many on here have used Windows 7? Not to mention what do you think of it?

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bbdl:

This seems to be a very good thing. Many of the users in the general public myself included do not have really current computers hardware wise. I mean mine work's, not to mention I am on Vista for now. But I intend to upgrade very soon maybe this week or month to Windows 7.

Let me ask a question, I do have a friend who has done it, and thinks it is very good. How many on here have used Windows 7? Not to mention what do you think of it?

 

I'm in the same boat. Still using Vista. Are you planning to do an actual upgrade or will you do a clean install?

 

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To bbdl:

7 is to Vista as XP is to ME

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I have to disagree with pbbyebye. I'd say 7 is to Vista as Win98SE is to Win98. XP and ME weren't even built on the same Windows family (NT vs 9x) whereas 7 is pretty much the Vista kernel and drivers with a new taskbar and improved UAC.

I think Microsoft dropped the hardware virtualization requirement simply because the silly restriction was giving other VM solutions an opportunity to gain ground in corporations.

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>>This seems to be a very good thing. Many of the users in the general public myself included do not have really current computers hardware wise. I mean mine work's, not to mention I am on Vista for now. But I intend to upgrade very soon maybe this week or month to Windows 7.

Let me ask a question, I do have a friend who has done it, and thinks it is very good. How many on here have used Windows 7? Not to mention what do you think of it?

I have Windows 7 installed on my other hdd but im just too lazy to transfer all my xp files over to it -.-. When i get alot of spear time i will get to transferring them over as or if i win the current sweepstakes :) i would have somehting to do while the files transfer :D lol

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I have XP at home and 7 at the office. In my opinion, there's no question that 7 is an improved, faster more intuitive version but I'm still very fond of XP and for now, a little unwilling to part with it. I'm more apt to run both at home than abandon XP entirely. Check back next year and we'll see how I feel.

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"Let me ask a question, I do have a friend who has done it, and thinks it is very good. How many on here have used Windows 7? Not to mention what do you think of it?"

The question is what are you doing with your PC. As far as user friendliness goes, windows 7 is a major leap towards a stable and fun platform. When it comes to things like photos and movies and other media, 7 really excels at that stuff. If you play games with DX11 or watch H264 videos, Win7 is much better at allocating resources throughout the system to make them more stable! Another perk is with the UAC, there are less annoying pop-up's all the time.

Aside from animating. I also build and contract out as a tech. I have built and installed 7 on numerous machines and the software codecs are very good. I have noticed a major difference playing MKV files at 1080p resolution and loading up Jpegs in the preview window with minimal hesitation. It also frees up alot of the virtual memory being taken up by silly things on the desktop so you do notice a faster interface as well. 

Personally I still use Vista, not because I dont want to upgrade. But, because I use my PC as a workstation and at the moment I am stable with the drivers in all of my DCC programs.

So if you do alot of photos, movies (especially HT), and gaming, it is definitely worth the upgrade.

As far as MS removing the hardware virtualization! All I can say is thank goodness! That was a real pain sometimes.

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