This brief tutorial will show you how to quickly figure out if your current CPU will support Windows 7′s new “Windows XP Mode” feature.
- First up, head over to the SecurAble page and download a copy of SecurAble. SecurAble is a stand-alone program, so there’s no need to install anything – once the download has completed, just run it. Note: SecurAble supports both Intel and AMD CPUs.
- SecurAble will quickly open and and display 3 stats. The one you want to pay close attention to is Hardware Virtualization. If there’s a big Yes in the Hardware Virtualization section, your CPU will support the XP Mode feature of Windows 7.
- If it says no – you’re out of luck. Windows 7 on your existing PC (or at least with its current CPU) will not work for you.
- It’s also worth noting that you’ll need at least a 1 GHz 32-bit / 64-bit processor, 1.25 GB of RAM (2GB recommended), 15 GB hard disk space per virtual Windows environment (recommended) and that Windows XP Mode is only available in Windows 7 Enterprise, Windows 7 Professional, and Windows 7 Ultimate.