Virtual PC 2007 Beta now available!

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Good news - the Virtual PC 2007 Beta is now available.  You can sign up for it here:

Major changes include:

  • Support for hardware virtualization (Intel and AMD)
  • Support for Windows Vista as a host operating system
  • Support for Windows Vista as a guest operating system
    • Note: No support for Aero Glass though - just Aero Basic
  • Support for 64-bit host operating systems
    • Note: Virtual machines are 32-bit only
  • Improved performance

There are also a plethora of bug fixes.  Some notable ones include:

Plus there are some minor UI changes.


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  • Is the infamous AltGR-bug fixed ???

  • Ben,

    Can this run alongside Virtual Server 2005 R2?

    And if so, can I share virtual machines between the two?



  • What is up with support for a wireless NIC as a networking option when the host is running Vista (RC1 or RC2)? It but me with VPC04 and I was hoping it would be fixed in VPC07. Am I missing a tweak or something to get it to work?

  • Is there a way to add USB support to VPC 2007?

  • I was wondering about the VM Additions also.  Can the additions for VPC 2007 be installed on top of the ones from VPC 2004?  In other words, if I have a VM running under VPC 2004, with the Additions from VPC 2004, do I just install the Additions from VPC 2007, or should I uninstall the VPC2004 Additions first?

  • What about UI enhancement? multiple snapshot (diffencing HDD in VPC terms) support?

  • That's it?

    Improved performance, Vista support, and bug fixes? That makes this a major release???

    VMWare has 64bit support. I'm running Vista x64 client in a Windows XP (32bit) host with VMWare. Its an awesome way to test run the 64 bit OS's without sacrificing a machine.

    VMWare has USB support...

    Imagine if Office 2007 had the same "features"... who would go out and buy a new copy if only for Vista support & improved performance...

    VMWare is going to eat Virtual PCs lunch...

    Good luck...

  • Whoops, disregard my previous comment.  EMM386 loads fine, but it just doesn't play well with VMADD.  I forgot to get the latest VMADD stuff.

  • Figured it out... I was loading EMM386 BEFORE VMADD386.... oops D:

  • Larry -

    We do not expose UI for this in VPC, but if you configure a VM under VS to have a static MAC address VPC 07 should honor that setting (VPC 04 did not).

    ikszkom -

    Correct, no changes to emulated hardware sorry.

    Justin Pitts -

    VPC 2007 can be installed side by side with Virtual Server 2005.  It cannot be installed with VPC 2004.

    Dan -

    I will pass the installation issue along to the appropriate people

    John Schneider -

    Check out

    Alpesh nakar -

    Please report this issue through the beta feedback page

    sfiorito -

    Out of curiosity, what sort of laptop do you have?

    Jeff Atwood -

    Sadly no USB.  It is mostly just performance and compatibility (which is not a bad thing in and of itself)

    PatriotB -

    There are a number of reasons behind this decision (buisness, technical, man hours for supporting more platforms, etc...).  However the reality is that Virtual PC is not designed or intended from home users.  If you check the very first post on my blog (about 400 back ;-) you will see that I state that we do not design VPC for gaming - it is just something that I do with it ont the side.

    Jeff Atwood -

    Yes - please update the Additions.  There are bug fixes for most platforms in the latest version.

    Zid -

    I do not know off the top of my head, but I sure hope it is.

    Gurbhajan -

    Yes and yes

    Chris Haaker -

    This should be working.  Have you made sure that the Virtual Machine Network Service is enabled on your wireless NIC?

    compugab -


    John Schneider -

    Hmm...  We only test installing the 07 Additions on VPC 07, it should work the other way around by this is not guaranteed.

    James Yip -

    There are only minor UI changes.



  • Ben,

    I've got a Sony VAIO SZ260P. After doing some research it looks like other laptops from different manufacturers have the same problem. Really dissapointing. No response from Sony about adding this simple option to the BIOS.

    Any chance you could use some of that Microsoft muscle to make these manufacturers an offer they can't refuse??? ;)


  • Hi,

    I've been trying to work with Virtual PC 2004 and SuSe. I really liked the Virtual PC concept. I am looking forward for the 2007 trial. I found a few links that helped me with several OS's on Virtual PC 2004. I have those links on my blog.


  • @Ben -- Thanks for the response.  I'm still curious what the "technical" reasons are, because I can think of zero.  I've been programming Windows for 10+ years and can't think of anything.  Plus I've been using VPC flawlessly on my XP Home for a while.

    @Johan Ericsson -- Since VPC is free, you can't really argue "who would buy a new copy"...

  • I just saw some screenshots of VPC 2007 Beta1 at and I was saddened to see the same XP-style icons and wizards.  Hopefully the final version will have Vista-style icons and use the new Aero wizard style.

  • Has VPC2007 any posiblility to run OpenGl or D3D Software?


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