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Find out which Hypervisor your Windows 7 is running on!

If you need to determine which virtualization platform is a Windows 7 Virtual Machine (VM) is running on, while, you have no access to any other tools such as, the hypervisor or virtualization manager, you can easily find out by issuing a simple command from the Windows command-line interface.

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Windows XP Mode

This application from Microsoft allows you to run older XP compatible applications that do not natively work in Windows 7! Windows XP Mode needs Windows Virtual PC installed in order to function. Furthermore, with Windows Virtual PC, you can work with multiple operating systems at the same time 🙂

  1. Download both utilities from http://www.microsoft.com
  2. It is recommended to download and install a tool that checks your hardware compatibility with Windows XP mode – Hardware-assisted virtualization (HAV)
  3. Start by clicking Windows XP Mode first, then Windows Virtual PC
  4. Double click the downloaded Windows XP mode executable file to start the first part of the installation
  5. Use the default settings to install both applications
  6. The second installation is in the form of a windows update – use default settings as well Continue reading