Windows XP mode in Windows 7 - is it a 32-bit or a 64-bit?


  • I have installed Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit in my desktop which had a virtualization capable CPU. I would like to install Windows XP as a virtual PC so that the virtual XP runs just like an typical 32-bit XP installation on a new comp.

    Will Windows XP mode run as a 32-bit XP or a 64-bit XP on my comp; as the Windows 7 is a 64-bit on my comp?

    If it will be a 64-bit, then would I have to install Windows 7 as 32-bit OS to get Windows XP as 32-bit virtual PC?

    I need Windows XP as a virtual PC because I love Windows 7 but there are around 6 critical programs of mine which runs only on XP. I am familiar that once the Programs are installed in the Windows XP mode - it can be accessed and run in Windows 7 itself from the start menu under the Windows virtual PC.

    Please correct me if I am wrong in any of the above information / query.


    P.S - I tried to set the 6 programs to run in XP compatibility mode from PROPERTIES-COMPATIBILITY - RUN FOR AL USERS and RUN THIS PROGRAM AS AN ADMIN ; but it still does not work. Works only if installed on a XP comp. I think you guys have to look into the compatibility mode option in Windows 7 more deeply as one of my favourite classic game runs only on XP and still does not run in Win7. :(

    Thanks and Regards,


    Friday, July 23, 2010 2:53 AM


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