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Install and Run Virtual PC and XP Mode for Windows 7

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This document pertains to HP Notebook PCs with Windows 7.

Virtual PC and XP Mode for Windows 7

The Windows XP Mode and Windows Virtual PC features are available only on Windows 7 Professional, Enterprise, and Windows 7 Ultimate. Other versions of Windows 7 do not support these features. If you have one of the eligible versions, use the following steps to prepare and run Virtual PC and XP Mode.
Windows XP Mode no longer requires hardware virtualization technology. HP recommends enabling this feature for better performance results when using Windows XP Mode. Check if your notebook PC can run in XP mode by downloading the Hardware-Assisted Virtualization Detection Tool on the Microsoft website.
After you have run the Hardware-Assisted Virtualization Detection Tool, you will receive one of the results below.
  • This computer is configured with hardware-assisted Virtualization message means you can download and install Windows Virtual PC and Windows XP Mode from Microsoft. Proceed to the next step.
  • This computer does not have hardware-assisted Virtualization message means that your notebook PC does not have the hardware to support Windows Virtual PC.
  • Hardware-assisted Virtualization is not enabled on this computer message means you should enable the virtualization feature in your BIOS .
For best results running Virtual PC and XP Mode in Windows 7, the virtualization should be enabled in the BIOS. Follow these steps to make sure virtualization is enabled.
  1. Shut down the computer and turn it back on. Repeatedly press esc key at startup.
  2. Press the F10 key for BIOS Setup.
  3. Press the right arrow key to System Configuration , select Virtualization Technology and then press the enter key.
  4. Select Enabled and press the enter key.
  5. Press the F10 key and select Yes and press the enter key to save changes.
    The computer automatically restarts. If you cannot enable Virtualization Technology on in your BIOS, check if your BIOS needs to be updated .
If you have an older version of the BIOS, HP may have an updated BIOS with the virtualization feature. HP provides an updated BIOS only for the specific models that have the required processor. Not all computers including some computers that were sold with Windows 7 can support the Virtual PC or XP Mode features.
If you cannot enable Virtualization Technology on in your BIOS, check if there is an updated version of your BIOS by following these steps.
  1. Click Start , All Programs , Accessories , System Tools , and the System Information . The Version Number and Release Date of the installed BIOS is listed.
  2. Open a browser and go to the HP Support & Drivers web page for your model. You may be prompted for your region, model number, and operating system information. The Version Number and Release Date of the latest available BIOS is listed.
  3. Download and install the BIOS listed on the web page if it has a higher Version Number or more recent Release Date.
On some models, the code needed to setup the XP Mode is stored on the hard drive and is available for use. However, if you run a recovery to restore the computer to its original condition, the code for the XP Mode is not available on the hard drive. After a recovery, you must connect the computer to the internet and download Windows Virtual PC and XP Mode files from the Microsoft website.
XP Mode should now be installed. Click Start , enter virtual and select Virtual PC from the list and then begin the Windows XP Mode set up. To learn more about using Windows XP Mode and Windows Virtual PC, see Support and Videos on the Microsoft website.

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