Windows XP Mode Could not be restored


Error Message: <Windows XP Mode> could not be restored because of either host processor type mismatch or lack of hardware-assisted virtualization support in the system

You could ideally check the BIOS Settings to confirm if Virtualization is enabled

But if XP Mode was working perfectly before this error; I don’t see why you should go and check the BIOS setup again

The Error may have cropped up because of a combination of reasons

  • XP Mode was put in Hibernation mode after last successful usage and Hard Disk was replaced or moved to a new PC


Restoring the XP Mode to working State

  • Browse to the following location [C:\Users\(Username)\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows Virtual PC\Virtual Machines]
  • You will find a .VSV file pertaining to the Virtual Machine you are facing problems with
  • Rename the .VSV file (Eg: Rename TestVM.vsv to TestVMOld.vsv)
  • Run the .VMC file in the same directory. You would ideally get the same error once again
  • Rename the .VSV file again to it’s previous name (Eg: Rename TestVMOld.vsv to TestVM.vsv)
  • Now run the .VMC file

About Sunil Padmanabhan

An Indian based out of Dubai who started traveling from 2011 and pretty much caught the travel bug. Every year presents itself as an opportunity to visit and explore a new place.

Posted on June 8, 2014, in Windows and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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