XPMode – a bit of confusion

Install and use Windows XP Mode in Windows 7:

If I read that it says you need hardware virtualization to run XP Mode

When you keep reading there’s this section that says:


When you click there you get

Why am I receiving errors about hardware-assisted virtualization (HAV) when I try to use Windows XP Mode and Windows Virtual PC?:

Which then points to


  • You should only install this update if your computer doesn’t support HAV. To find out, go to the Windows XP Mode and Windows Virtual PC support website, and then download and run the Hardware-Assisted Virtualization Detection Tool.

Is it me or is that the most confusing set of information?


Bottom line XP Mode can use hardware virtualization but doesn’t need it any more.

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