I want to buy a new CPU, one that will support new features like hardware virtualization. Before I move to Windows 7 from Windows XP, I wish to find out if its Windows XP Mode will work for my 32-bit programs under the 64-bit version of Windows 7. Has anyone even tested this?
Mitch, Windows XP Mode, the virtual XP install that you can use in Windows 7 Professional and Ultimate, is 32-bit. And you won’t be able to use hardware 3D acceleration in Windows XP Mode. But you shouldn’t need to resort to virtualization to run most of your 32-bit apps; they should run just fine on 64-bit Windows 7. Windows XP Mode is only for apps that won’t run natively at all on Windows 7. For apps that will run, but aren’t optimized for Windows 7, use the Compatibility tab (right-click the application and select Properties, then the Compatibility tab) to use Windows XP settings.
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