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Activate XP mode - Windows 7 Compatability Mode

Mar 4

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Sun, 04 Mar 2012 22:39:18 GMT  RssIcon

Activate XP mode

If you have old legacy software that you still need to use and is no longer supported under Windows 7, fear not - Windows 7 has built in Compatability to run programs from Windows 95, NT, 2000, XP SP2, XP SP3, Vista and more. All you need to do is highlight the installation file executable, Right click over it and select properties, then Compatablilty tab and check the Run this program in compatability mode for - as shown below:

Once the program is installed - re-run the same procedure above on the shortcut to ensure it is set to run at the desired Windows Version.This has worked on several programs that we have tried including AutoCad 2007 as above.

If that doesn't work you can use XP Mode, a virtual copy of XP that runs within a window on Windows 7. XP Mode only works with systems that have hardware virtualisation built-in and enabled (Look for Intel VT or AMD-V in your processor spec). Once you have confirmed that your CPU supports Hardware Virtualisation, you may need to enable it as some high profile brands, including Sony Vaio, HP and Dell disable the setting due to alleged security reasons and this prevents you from using XP Mode amongst other features.

A somewhat techy and risky solution that has worked for many in the past involves altering a byte in your Laptop's Firmware. If you're feeling up to the challenge then head on over to the Feature Enable Blog for details - proceed with caution and at your own risk.

VirtualBox, is virtualisation software that doesn't insist on hardware support - therefore making it a safer option - however you will need to a licensed copy of Windows XP.

If you have any questions or would like more info on PCs / CPUs with Hardware Virtualisation please do not hesitate to Contact Us and one of our engineers will be happy to help.

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