Microsoft, Intel screw up ‘XP Mode’ in Vista service pack, er, ‘Windows 7’

“The CPU support picture for Windows 7 was blessedly simple, at least until this week, when Microsoft complicated things for one corner of its upcoming OS. This new wrinkle was the discovery that Windows 7’s recently announced XP Mode would only work on processors that supported either Intel’s VT or AMD’s AMD-V. The vast majority of AMD’s lineup, except for Sempron, has AMD-V and will work, but the Intel situation is much more complicated, and in some ways, worse, “Jon Stokes reports for Ars Technica.

“Quite a few users won’t be able to use XPM when Windows 7 comes out, especially on the corporate desktop, where many companies have opted for cheaper, non-VT parts,” Stokes reports.

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Get a Mac. They all run XP — and Vista and its ‘Windows 7’ renamed service pack — just as well as they can be run.

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