As you already know, Microsoft Windows 7 will come with an XP virtualization environment, probably one of its main features is the big news of the last few weeks. What the Redmond giant did not make clear, initially, that it would not only be limited to a few more faces operating system, but also require a supported Intel CPU Intel Virtualization Technology (VT), or from AMD with support AMD Virtualization (AMD-V).
In the case of AMD it is not so worrying, since the vast majority of its current models (except Sempron) have AMD-V and will work without problems. Intel's situation, however, is somewhat more complicated, which directly affects users of Macs who want / need to run Windows (poor things).
Several Intel Core 2 Mobile processors do not have VT, including very popular models such as the P7350 / 7450, T5200 / 5250/5270/5300/5450/5470 and T6400 / 6570 lines. See yourself on the manufacturer's website or on this compilation of ZDNet.com. In addition to Apple, several manufacturers such as Dell, HP, Toshiba, Sony and ASUS use these same chips.
The reader Ricardo K. Lango, however, who sent us the tip for this post, states that he tested the new system on a MacBook with an Intel Core 2 Duo P7350 processor and that everything worked perfectly, despite it being one of the said as unsupported. The Mac mini from the review we published yesterday, by the way, uses the same chip. Quite curious, the discovery; can someone share more details with us?
On the other hand, you will know when Windows 7 hits the market … the biggest concern for those who are upgrading to the new system, since buyers of newer machines will theoretically not have problems with the new "XP Mode". Who really needs it, anyway?