Windows 7 Processor requirement for Virtual XP

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  1. john3347

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    If anyone is considering Windows 7 with Virtual XP being a requirement, make sure that your processor is capable. The processor (Intel) must be VT Technology qualified. There is a similar feature necessary for AMD processors ........ I think it is called something like "V spec" or such. In general, it takes a processor pretty high on the scale to be VT Technology qualified. There are numerous processors that are "powerful" enough to handle Vista, Windows 7, 64 bit, etc. that do not have VT Technology. Check on Intel or AMD website to make certain that your processor can handle Virtual XP mode before you buy the OS expecting to do so. (My Core 2 Duo E4600 is not VT technology qualified, for instance, yet some Pentium D 8xx and 9xx processors do have VT Technology. Go figure that out!) The Intel shortcut to core 2 processor specs is shown below. You're on your own to look up the AMD website for your AMD processors.

    Intel® Coreâ„¢2 Duo Desktop Processor Family
    #1 john3347, Jul 6, 2009
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