Microsoft, Intel goof up Windows 7's "XP Mode"

When news of Windows 7’s “XP Mode” came out recently, there was much rejoicing among those who were concerned about legacy support in Microsoft’s upcoming OS. But now we learn that Microsoft and Intel have contrived to make XPM unavailable to many Intel users.



They seem to always do these things something I would think to do with making more money

Virtualisation (WinXP mode in Win7) requires on-chip support of Virtual Machines, aka: Hardware Assisted Virtualisation.

Thats a huge cock-up, because most businesses get the cheapest parts they can lay their hands on, including CPU’s … and the cheap chips throw away VM support.

Major programming f@#$up on M$ part :stuck_out_tongue:

I guess many business’s will postpone, nay cancel, the upgrade to Windows7 … just like they did vista :stuck_out_tongue:

I guess a proper Binary Translation VM is beyond M$ capabilities?

Admittedly, the hardware assisted virtualisation will be faster … and is likely in the not-too-distant future to be compatible with all chips … but … in a few years, no-one will need WinXP anyway … everyone needs the WinXP VM now … and the vast majority won’t have it :iagree: