So, I went to set this up, but my Intel core 2 duo is not supported. I was able to run Virtual PC on this same machine (and VMWare), but now I canâ€™t use Virtual PC on Windows 7.
My father was needing this Mode and when looking for instructions for him, there were, on the same webpage, two different sets of instructions on how to set this up depending if you load the webpage on a certain OS or not. One set forgot to tell him to installer Virtual PC. The instructions on how to turn on Virtualization on the Microsoft site was actually wrong, and so was HPâ€™s site. None of the instructions were suitable for someone who isnâ€™t a computer engineer.
In order to set this up, Microsoft decided capability is only designed for professional, as home premium users are denied this feature. Iâ€™m sure MS really needed this extra $89 upgrade to support programs that run in XP that wonâ€™t run in Windows 7 â€¦ sigh. To top it off, it isnâ€™t even on the upgrade disk lol. It took downloading and installing a 500 meg download. (By the way, no where in the installation for me did it tell me it wasnâ€™t going to work , after 30 minutes and 700megs of downloads later it tells me it wonâ€™t runâ€¦You would think the installer could validate this before installingâ€¦).
So, after all this work to do this, then when you fire up Window XP Mode for the first time, you get the normal â€˜I just installed Windows XPâ€™. Fine for the engineers, but quite confusing for the home user. The really funny part was that on the first time running the XP Mode, it tells my dad â€˜you have unused icons on your desktopâ€™â€¦ wellâ€¦. duh â€“ itâ€™s the first time he has run itâ€¦ LOLâ€¦
Confusing. Advertisement doesnâ€™t explain virtualization requirements. Additional $89 to install an OS version simply to have one version that doesnâ€™t even come on the disk. Lack of instructions â€“ that are not even correct in some instances. My guess is that Microsoft included this feature as a selling point but has done a poor job of making it something anyone can use. Yes, I figured it out, I do this everyday for my living. My father has worked with computers going waaaay back, but this one was a very poorly documented and bad experience.
Iâ€™m still trying to figure out how I ran Virtual PC on this same hardware with Vista for 9 months that now the installer tells me itâ€™s not supported on this operating system :) I can understand this XP mode only supporting hardware virtualization, but the previous OS ran Virtual PC on same hardware without this requirement. Sigh.
I should have my dad write this post , the way he worded the confusion was much better. Although he is still trying to figure out why Microsoft continues to pop up â€˜Messengerâ€™ â€“ a program he doesnâ€™t want nor need to use – â€œSteve, why is this program pestering me at every boot up â€“ shouldnâ€™t it only run if I want it to runâ€â€¦ Welcome to 2010 Microsoft- weâ€™ll pester you to run our stuff, wonâ€™t explain how to stop it from pestering you without needing a computer engineering degree â€“ how about a checkbox that says â€˜Donâ€™t show this next timeâ€™? Or better yet, how about not making it run on startup â€“ if he wants messenger, heâ€™ll go open messengerâ€¦ sighâ€¦ 🙂
Windows 7 XP mode looses password
That is great eh? Happened to my dad on day twoâ€¦. PITA