Virtual PC 2007 Beta now available!

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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  • Ben,

    do you plan any major changes by rtm?

    I want PXE, it is boring to mount my risdisk.vfd :-)

  • Well I installed it on my IBM ThinkPad T41 and it now blue screens whenever I try to use my wireless connection. I load up IE and try to go to a web page and it blue screens and reboots. I uninstalled VPC 2007 BETA and the problem has gone away. I think you need to do some more work on this...

  • USB??

    What is it gonna take to get USB support added?

    I do a ton of work with Windows Mobile and w/o USB support the only VPC option is to run the Device Emulator which performs horribly (as one would expect) w/in a VPC image.

    Microsoft regularly states and invests in mobile devices as a major platform. Why can't we get a reasonable way to work w/ Windows Mobile devices w/in VPC?

    Could you just explain why it seems to be a lower priority then many of these other features. I may be in a minority (but I don't think so) but I'd certainly waited one more VPC release for 64 bit support if I could have USB now.

    - Jim

  • I could probably answer these questions myself by downloading it, but if it's posted here that will help more people.


    Any change to the emulated hardware?  Is it still a BX chipset, S3 Trio video, SB16 sound and Intel NIC?  Any improvements in low-level compatibility that would...say... improve DOS gaming further?

  • Still the same emulated hardware. If you are worried about DOS gaming, then use DosBox VPC is not designed for playing games.

  • It may not be designed for DOS games, but I use it that way all the time.  So does Ben, as it appears from his posts.

  • Is OS/2 still a supported guest OS ?

  • Anax: at least os2 listed in the wizard...

  • Are there any plans to add USB Support for VPC ?? Any reason why it wasn't added as part of VPC 2007 ??

  • I've about given up on getting USB support in VPC or VS.  MS just doesn't seem to think this is important, in spite of how many times this issue has been raised.  Also, I don't see what the big issue is for them to come right out and say why it is so difficult to get this done.

  • I aspire to comment like JimW. How about some USB support?? You'd think USB support would be a given by now.

    I also mimic Johan's feelings... it's been ~3 years since VPC2k4... and the added features are

    64bit support (which was pretty much already completed in Virtual Server 2k5SP1)

    Vista support (is it that hard?)

    Hardware Virtualization (This one came out of left field... what hardware actually does this, and isn't this more geared for the server space?)

    Bug fixes + Perf (I guess that's a Yay.. I notice IO being noticibly faster in 2007)

    and... and that's it.. Does the VPC team consist of one person?

    It's sad too that compatability between VPC2004/VS2k5 doesn't seem to be tested.. that would seem to be a big draw: the ability to take an image from VPC from anyone of the virtual platforms and use it on another.

  • I guess as an internal tool to support development, VPC is good... (if you don't do any development with USB devices) But VPC hasn't kept up with the Jones' *VMWare, Cough*

    You'd think that the additional man hours freed up by not having a VPC for the Mac anymore would allow for the features that alot of people are asking for...

  • I'll second JimW and Sean's comments about USB.  Raw performance aside (another reason I use VMWare), USB support is the primary reason I use VMWare Workstation. As a mobile solutions developer, having the ability to connect to USB devices is a must.

    I'd love to hear more about the reasons USB is low priority.

    So why not just do device dev on my host and forget about a VM?  As a consultant, I am frequently in a number of different customer environments and some of the tools/configurations required I don't want on my host or may not play together nicely.

  • I am setting up a new notebook and decided to try the beta. I started the first VM and installed the Additions. Everything went OK. I started the second VM and installed the additions but got the following error message:

    The feature you are trying to use is on a CD-ROM or other removable disk that is not available. Insert the 'Virtual Machine Additions' disk and click OK.

    The Use source dropdown contains "1". The VM Additions CD is mounted. I tried running setup.exe off the mounted CD and got the same message.

    Any idea what is going on here?

    Thank you,


  • Sfiorito --

    Yes, we have been trying to work with manufacturers on this.

    Nemo –

    Unfortunately no.

    Ikszkom –


    Jimmy –

    Please file a bug.

    RobertH –

    No the emulated hardware has not changed significantly.

    Anax –

    Yes OS/2 is still supported.

    Mark –

    What operating system are you running in the second virtual machine?



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