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Windows 7: Windows Virtual PC

24 Oct 2009   #1
enigma1944

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 
Windows Virtual PC

I just received my weekly MS update notification and I saw this download of Windows Virtual PC.

I never used this option so I looked at the specs and I must say it is a little confusing to me, confused is not unusual with me.

According to this program it is possible to have two { 2 } OS's running on one computer. If that is correct, I can have both Vista and Windows 7 functional on my laptop.

Can I do this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thanks
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24 Oct 2009   #2
swarfega

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

Yep, and if you have the power, more than 2. VPC allows you to install a hosted OS which can be anything the program supports such as all previous versions of windows, linux etc. Its a good way to maintain compatibility with older programs that you use that are no longer being developed or you cant afford to upgrade. Its also a good way to try linux out because if you make a mistake its only a file and not your machine.
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24 Oct 2009   #3
Kari

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center
 
 

Virtual PC emulates a computer. You can create so called virtual machines and use them in a window in your Seven desktop. The screenshot here shows my desktop where a virtual Windows XP is running in its own session. I can install programs to that XP and run them exactly as it was a second computer with XP installed.

For example, I have Ubuntu Linux, Chrome OS, Windows XP and Vista installed on Virtual PC. I can run all simultaneously, at the same time, though it takes a lot of resources. Running one virtual machine at the time is no problem.

Welcome to the virtual computing!

Kari

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24 Oct 2009   #4
enigma1944

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

OK thanks for the response.

I will be upgrading to W7 Home Premium next week when I receive the CD from MS. Should I wait till after I upgrade or do it now!!!!!

My info on drives are as follows:

Local Disc " C " 360GB 256GB Free Space

Recovery " D " 13GB 2.1 GB Free Space

Thanks again
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24 Oct 2009   #5
Kari

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center
 
 

Sorry, Enigma but I have some bad news for you. To run Virtual PC and XP Mode you need Seven Professional or Ultimate edition. Virtual PC does not run in Seven Starter or Home editions.
(Source: http://www.microsoft.com/windows/vir.../download.aspx)
Kari
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24 Oct 2009   #6
enigma1944

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Thanks for info

Since I use Vista Home Premium I see it will not function

I wonder why MS did it this way but who knows

Thanks again
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24 Oct 2009   #7
Barman58

Windows 8.1 Pro x64 x3 + Windows 10 Preview, Ubuntu
 
 

The reason for this being available only in the Professional version and above is I think an assumption on Microsoft's part that it will be relatively unused by home users

All is not lost however

If you want to try virtualisation you could do worse that take a look at VirtualBox from Sun.

VirtualBox

Also you may want to check out the full version OS requirements for the full Microsoft VirtualPC 2007

http://www.microsoft.com/windows/vir...uirements.aspx
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24 Oct 2009   #8
stew2

 

IMO virtualbox is far better than microsofts virtual pc. So you are in luck

Virtualbox at least for me runs faster, doesnt crash and has more options that you can tweak. It also supports way more OS's, for instance i couldnt copy files as i was using XP sp2 and virtual pc required me to be running XP sp3 for the integration features to work. On virtual box its easy i just wish id found it sooner.
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24 Oct 2009   #9
Barman58

Windows 8.1 Pro x64 x3 + Windows 10 Preview, Ubuntu
 
 

The one advantage of the Microsoft XP mode is of course that the XP is a licensed copy. Not so important if you are loading a different OS
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24 Oct 2009   #10
Matt140

Windows 7 Home Premuim 64-bit
 
 

Even if we can't run XP mode, we should still be allowed to download Virtual PC....
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