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: https://connect.microsoft.com/programdetails.aspx?ProgramDetailsID=874.

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.

Cheers,
Ben

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  • I have yet to read anything regarding compatibility w/ VPC 2004 vis-a-vis additions. My laptop is dual boot w/ Vista RC2. I can open my VPC 2004 images just fine in Vista/VPC 2007 but what happens if I then upgrade the additions? Will I be able to boot back to XP and run VPC 2004 with the upgraded additions? There was a "trick" btwn VPC 2004 / VSrv 2005 where you copy over the 05 additions and use them in 04. Does that still work?

  • Hey - can you please not do the additions as MSIs?  We like to do testing with systems as close to 'pristine' as possible, and installing the MSI runtime just to get the additions seems wrong somehow.

  • Two questions:

    - why isn't the VHDMount tool part of Virtual PC 2007?

    - I know that it is not a "supported" host OS, but why block installation? I've now used the Orca tool from the Windows SDK to remove the CA_CheckIfWeCanInstall row from the CustomAction table in Virtual_PC_2007_Install.msi, and then Virtual PC 2007 installs and runs fine in Windows Server 2003.

  • Gerard,

    blocking unsupported OSes is a known bug in this beta.

  • It was somewhat dissapointing to find that VPC 2007 still doesn't support screen resolution higher then 1600x1200. This does not allow running a guest OS in full-screen mode on wide screen displays like 1680x1050 and 1920x1200. This is the main reason why several people I know use VMWare and not VPC. Any idea on when these larger screen resolutions will be supported?

  • is there any way i can get this to run on XP Home, i don't have a xp pro pc and don't intend to get one because theres little difference. if microsoft doesn't get this workin on XP Home i'm givin up on VPC :(

  • [quote]is there any way i can get this to run on XP Home, i don't have a xp pro pc and don't intend to get one because theres little difference. if microsoft doesn't get this workin on XP Home i'm givin up on VPC :([/quote]

    yes, you can use ORCA and remove the installer's restriction.

  • Hardware virtualization is virtualization built into the CPU.

    Search...

    AMD Pacifica

    or

    Intel Vanderpool (VT)

  • NO USB?  No use for VPC without it...  

  • which part of the .msi do i edit with Orca

  • Ive installed win95 although it appears to run ok Its not listed in the supported microsoft window versions,also it refuses to install vm additons giving the error message setup.exe linked to kernel 32dll:is dubbing present.Is this a bug or is wind 95 not meant to be supported?

  • probally cause win95 not supported. somethin it needs is probally not in the kernel32.dll in win95

  • Tried it, Runs great with xp64 as host OS and various others as guest, even FreeBSD. Sadly I can't use any devices with it due to the ridiculous lack of USB support. I would really rather have USB support than any other feature, like sound emulation.

  • Virtual PC Guy,

    1.  Does Microsft have any plans to support USB in the future?  If so, when?

    2.  If they do not, whom do we contact to get this functionality?

    Specifically, I would like to have USB Scanner support in a VM.

    Thank you,

    Ryan M. Hager

  • Just wondering if anyone knows why my wireless Nic is not an option when i assign a nic to my virtual computer?

    Thanks in advance.

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