Windows XP Mode in Windows 7

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by Sven11, Oct 30, 2010.

  1. Sven11 macrumors 6502a

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    How can I use the Windows XP Mode, which is free for Windows 7 Professional, Enterprise and Ultimate with Parallels?
     
  2. Guiyon macrumors 6502a

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    I doubt you'd be able to as it requires hardware virtualization. Most (if not all) virtualization software packages don't support virtualization inside a virtualized environment and do not expose the required extensions.
     
  3. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5

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    Actually, it doesn't anymore. Windows XP mode used to require hardware virtualization (and still performs better with it), but now no longer does.
     
  4. balamw Moderator

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    Still, running a VM within a VM sounds like a recipe for trouble.

    I know VMWare had some instructions on mighating XP mode to vmware player. I wonder if you could move that to Fusion somehow...

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  5. Wolfpup macrumors 68030

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    I wonder how many "layers" deep you could go with virtual machine? :-D
     
  6. vistadude macrumors 65816

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    Don't, it'll be too slow. It's better to do a triple boot native or install windows xp within parallels.

     

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