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How to use Virtual PC with Windows 7

Create virtual machines, run Windows XP applications

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Step 4: Launch and Provision

After configuration, the Virtual PC Console remains onscreen while Virtual PC runs in the background, taking up about 17 MB of memory just sitting there.

Clicking Start opens a command window in which Virtual PC uses DHCP to try to find itself an IP address. If you haven't already provisioned an operating system image, it will think about things for a while, then tell you to go find a proper boot address.

To install the OS from a CD or ISO file, make sure the window surrounding the VM (the actual VM which looks at this point like a DOS window, not the console you used to set the configuration) is the active window on your machine. Then either insert the CD into the drive or drag your ISO file onto the CD icon in the Virtual PC command window. If you're loading the OS from a CD, go to the menu bar of the VM window, click on CD and tell it to capture the physical CD drive.

My VM didn't like 64-bit versions of either Windows 7 or Vista, but was fine with a 32-bit version of XP Home Edition. The install takes about as long as it would on a normal hard drive, but instead of asking what partition of your hard drive it should live in, it shows only unpartitioned space on the virtual hard drive you've already set up.

The install then proceeds normally, within one window of your PC rather than taking up the whole thing.

Warning: The VM doesn't know it's not the only computer on your computer. So when you click on anything in its window, will capture the cursor and not let it go again, which would be really embarrassing if anyone wandered in to see why you were cursing at your laptop.

To free your cursor, hit the right ALT key. If the VM is running in full screen mode, press right-ALT-ENTER.

After setup, walk through the configuration screen and type in a valid Windows key for the version of the OS you installed.


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ProtectandAccess said: Virtual Machine is avery good concept I have tried it in Windows xp and Windows 7 both But sorryto say i was fail But i will try again after reading this post Thank yourman

Quantumpcsupport said: Great tips for windowsusers People who wanted virtual pc in windows 7 will be happy to know thatthey could it now

Brian Davison said: Im upgrading to Win 7 but have lots of stuff I use daily in the past I have left the old drive in the machine booted inot the new OS whatn I have time to install stuff and the old to do actual work until ready to swapcan I do the same thing only in a virtual machine run win7 and the apps I ahve installed with my old XP setup for stuff I have not got installed in 7 yetI would not want the old stuff integrated yet - a complete virtual old machine using the space of the old hard driveWhen Im ready I would then remove the old drive and set up XP mode in its normal guise for the few 16 bit apps I have left And keep the old drive ready to boot in case of troubleIs this possibleIs windows virtual machine or VMware the best choice for a full disc image of an exisiting installation

Epp Brandon said: the programs that i try to run on virtual pc say its not supported by virtual pc is there anyway around this

Adam Taemur said: Since I have W7HP I need to run it in compactibility view

ChizK said: I found the initial reason for my failure although I have automatic updates Service Pack 1 was not installled --- ensure you do this firstNB this caused me a lot of problems After downloading hundreds of megabytes it did not install After retrying it did not install After rebooting and going through a VERY worrying period of the machine looking like it had crashed during off and on and then retrying it eventually installedSo I could run VPC and get it to add a Virtual Machine The next bit is the installation TIP you can use the WINXP Mode executable file to get WIN XP Service Pack 3 although it is unlicensedAfter reading a post in mydigitallifeinfo I installed 7-zip and used this to extract all the files from the XP Mode installation executable This extracted a directory called Sources A file within this directory called xpm can also be uncompressed providing the virtual hard disk called VirtualXPVHDNOTE add the vhd extension to this file and move if you wishYou can now run Virtual PC and chose Create Virtual MachineThis looks like you only have an option to create a new machine but following screens allow you to select an existing virtual hard disk you can use the same directory as that containing the vhd file you just extracted as the Location in the initial screenOnce the virtual machine is running you will go through the Win XP installation process resulting in an unregistered trial installationNOTE - this installation is OEM and will only register OEM keyssome imaginitive people can deal with that a question of morals

ChizK said: Sorry Im afraid your comment is misleading to those who have Home Premium on a machine without hardware virtualisation as I do and have just tried to installThis will NOT workeventhough the instructions above say that it will Virtual PC will work on chips that dont have those hooks but not wellI know I just wasted my time after reading this guideI installed VPC without any problems It installed vmwindowexe ver 61760016393 which states Windows Virtual PC cannot start because this computer does not support hardware-assisted virtualization when Create Virtual Machine is selectedNB I did not install XP mode as the guide above suggests that it is only compulsory for Professional Ultimate or Enterprise If this was a major ommision please reply I assume not as the instructions are only in regard to the installation of VPC Once youve downloaded the installation package launch it and follow instructions

Wendy said: Thank you so much for this guide It worked perfectly for me on my HP DV6 64 bit notebook running Windows 7 Premium I was so disappointed when I discovered that Windows 7 Premium was not compatable with my old DOS based software I use for my genealogy research Thought Id have to keep my old notebook running to use it but not now thanks to this guide Excellent Microsoft has failed again for its customers

jack said: I am using both XP as well as windows 7 Both are good but I still love to work on xp

alf ipititimus said: or just install a dual boot system which wont drain system resources as you still have to install the extra OS anyway

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