Windows 7's XP Mode No Longer Needs Hardware Virtualization

Windows XP's life span just got a little longer—and less complicated. Microsoft announced today that it is updating XP Mode in Windows 7 to no longer require the use of hardware virtualization technology.

XP Mode, which can run in Windows 7 Professional, Ultimate, and Enterprise, was intended for small and midsize businesses interested in upgrading to Windows 7 but not losing use of their legacy programs. But it was not always clear to some users which PCs could use it and which couldn't; many of Intel's lower-end and midrange processors did support virtualization, for example.

You can download the updated version of the software from Microsoft's Web site. If your PC does have hardware virtualization technology, such as Intel VT or AMD-V, XP Mode will still use it, and you won't need the update.

the 32-bit version is here:
the 64-bit version is here:
Source: ExtremeTech