How to determine if your CPU will support Windows 7 "XP Mode"

by Ross McKillop on May 6, 2009

Windows

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. securable displaying yes for virtualization
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  4. 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.
  5. securable displaying no for virtualization
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  6. 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.
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  • Jaisantosh

    Hi, i have a AMD turion 64 x2 tl-56 processor, when I run the Securable tool, it says my processor supports Hardware virtualization, but the tool from the AMD website it says that my processor doesnt support Hardware Virtualization. Please tell me which one to believe???

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  • MacWinLin

    Hi Jaisantosh, I hope you read this soon; well I have an HP TX1000 series, and so I do have that processor, what you have to do is that when you turn on your computer you have to press a button ( I don’t know which exactly, every computer is different, mine is F10) well once there, there’s an option where you can activate the virtualization, you save the settings, reboot your computer and run this tool again; both tools have to show that your processor is able to run v-tech, it should work, at least worked to me. :P

  • h4nes

    hm super ja mam procesor intel core 2 duo (2,0 GHZ) a ukazuje my ze to nedokazu tu virtualizaciu hardveru…a pri tom v minimalnych poziadavkach je cpu 1GHZ