Windows 7’s XP Mode – Virtually worth the effort The Register: “Windows XP Mode requires hardware virtualization support from your CPU, either AMD Virtualization (AMD-V) or Intel Virtualization Technology (Intel-VT). Two snags: first, most PCs which support this have it disabled by default, and second, there are plenty of boxes out there that do not support it at all, including those based on current Intel Celeron, Pentium, and some Core 2 Duo CPUs.”
So, for WinXP support, every single machine in your company will need to visited, possibly have the RAM upgraded and the BIOS settings changed. If you have older machines, and you want to use the Windows7/XP Mode, you need a new machine.
Brilliant. In large companies that have thousands of desktops and this is simply not going to happen. We have become so dependent on automated software management tools that we no longer have the the man hours to even THINK about this. And no-one is going to buy an external company to do it because the upgrade still is not compelling.
Prediction: Microsoft isn’t going to make their numbers next year either (after their recent announcement of MUCH lower profits than expected).