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    Worth a read, for those who care about XP, is Ed Bott's How many Intel CPUs will fail the XP Mode test in Windows 7? article.
    And it's not even as simple (!) as determinining the processor type, for I have seem some posts which indicate that the BIOS also needs to provide support for XP virtualisation...
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    I have heard that you can install MS Virtual PC 2007 (32 or 64 bit) and it works without a special processor.

    If anyone has tried this, and especially if it works, please post your experiences here.

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    You received incorrect information.
    I tried to install it on my laptop and it failed to run. Luckily I have an HP and not a Sony or I wouldn't have had the option in my BIOS to turn it on.

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    Microsoft Virtual PC does not require hardware virtualization (VT) but XPmode does.

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    Why not use VMPlayer 3 from VMWare? It's free, faster than Microsoft's offering, from a far superior company, is more powerful, can convert XP Mode "machines" to VM Player (don't be misled by the workd Player - you can create VMs with this tool too), and, all-in-all, offers a better experience.

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    Why not use VMPlayer? Well it's pretty simple, licensing. Sure you could get by pulling a sticker off another system or something else illegal like that but it's technically not right. So even if you wanted to dump an OEM copy into that VM, remember.....the OEM copies are stuck to that hardware. So once you upgrade the system, technically you have to buy another license.

    I don't mean to sound like a jerk but I've been following all the different licensing discussions for many years. Years ago there really seemed to be a lot of "gray" areas but recent changes in the EULA's that MS is kicking out has changed things quite a bit.

    Finally, functionality also. I'm not familiar with VMPlayer because I haven't used it in years, but I doubt it can do what the Win7 XP Mode can do. Have you seen it in action?

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    Of course Sun Virtualbox is another alternative!

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