Great to see you all at the Adelaide Innovation 2006 Windows Vista and Office 2007 event last week, that plus 2 User Groups and 1 ACS meeting then I think I handed out some 300 copies of Windows Vista and Office last week:-)Hmmm, now I'm sure you wouldn't leave your copies of Vista to languish unloved on a shelf somewhere would you!! But I also appreciated having a spare machine that you can flatten to load Vista may be a big ask (though you can dual boot XP and Vista). If this is the case and your main machine is reasonably well speced then how about loading Vista up in to a Virtual PC!! It now works surprisingly well!!
Yup, up till now running Windows Vista in a Virtual PC has been a painful experience and not really worth the effort. But we've now released Windows Vista Beta 2 Optimized Virtual PC Additions and the experience is on par with running Windows XP or Server 2003 in a Virtual PC.
It's obviously not as good as the real thing, you don’t get to see the sexed up desktop in all its glassy glory but hopefully by now you'll have figured that the enhancements in Windows Vista are more than just skin deep and there are a stack of things for you to explore, test and give feedback on!!
Two things happened with Virtual PC over the last month or so
To get Windows Vista up and running in a Virtual PC you'll need the following
To create your Virtual PC do the following
Other stuff I loaded on to this image
Stuff I tried