Windows 7 on Virtual PC on Windows 7

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You might be interested to know that this is a combination that works just fine.  Here is a screenshot of Windows 7 on Virtual PC 2007 on Windows 7:


Though there are a couple of things you should know:

  • Use Virtual PC 2007 SP1.  Earlier versions of Virtual PC will not work.
  • You need to tell the new virtual machine wizard that you are going to install Windows Vista - so you get the right sound device.
  • While all the integration aspects of Virtual Machine Additions work (mouse integration, shared folders, etc...) there is no performance tuning for Windows 7 at this stage - so for best performance you should use a system with hardware vitalization support.

Two other random points to make:

  • If you are upgrading from Vista to Windows 7 Beta, the virtual machine network services driver be uninstalled.  You need to reinstall Virtual PC to get this back - but you will not lose any of your virtual machines by doing this (so do not fear - it just takes a minute or to do - and you will be up and running).
  • Virtual PC's behavior of minimizing the Virtual PC console to the tray rather than the taskbar is a bit problematic with the Windows 7 super-bar.  To get this to work properly you might want to change the setting for Virtual PC to have its taskbar icon always displayed:



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  • I'm having the same problem as Simon, on an Acer TravelMate 4220. I would guess it's a video driver issue with Windows 7, but I haven't really tried anything to fix it yet.

  • I had no sound although I installed Windows 7 in Virtual PC declaring it as "vista". I rebooted and rebooted but nothing. Then disabled sound-card, rebooted, re-enabled it, rebooted but nothing.

    Then I installed additions and rebooted and the sound came!

    So, either the last reboot did the job or the additions(maybe...both).

    Anyway thanks all.

    (By the way, for how long we can use(eeh test) windows 7 after activation?)

  • Im currently running windows 7 beta with windows xp on a virtual machine and im getting the same screen black-out when switching from 7 to xp. Just moving the mouse solves the problem.

    Im just posting here because is you search for windows 7 and vpc the number of hits are enormous but all about running windows 7 on a vpc in xp.

  • Virtual PC Guy  -

    Intel Q35 Express (MS WDDM 1.0),, newest available via Windows Update.

  • Dell Dimension 9200 with NVIDIA GeForce 7900 GTX.  I had the same experience with x64 and x86 versions of Windows 7 (as the host PC) as did a colleague with a Dell Dimension 9200 with NVIDIA GeForce 7900 GS.

    In all configurations, existing VMs (I've not created a new VM using VPC2007SP1 on Windows 7) when not given focus turn black and only reveal blocks of the VPC desktop via mouse roll-over or a complete re-draw following a move of the VPC VM window.  

    Note #1: when a VM runs in full-screen mode the problem does not occur.

    Note #2: both physical machines are running Windows 7 (1 x64 & 1 x86) natively and have dual monitor support (2 monitors running at 1600 x 1200).

    Note #3: Windows Update offers a pre-release NVIDIA driver update but does not appear to address the issue.

  • UPDATE: Windows Update also offered a driver update for the Dell 2007FP monitors and that does seem to have had an effect.

    I did apply the NVIDIA driver when trying x64 but it didn't (at that time) address the issue.  

    Suspect that either the NVIDIA driver is updated or the Dell update has done the trick.  Will report any further issues.

  • I too, am experiencing the same problem as Simon.

    Custom built machine, dual Dell 2407WFP monitors, NVIDIA GeForce 6800.

    Host OS is Windows 7 x64, and I have installed the microsoft update NVIDIA prerelease driver.

  • Windows Update gave me a new driver for my Intel Q35 that did not resolve the black screen focus issue. Driver is now at

  • Getting an 'Installer Failure' when starting to install VPC 2007 64 SP1 on Win7 64 Beta w latest updates? Tried to setup using 'Run as Admin', no difference. Windows 7 host is running fine. Anyone have any ideas?

  • There is a networking issue with this on the host Win7 OS after installing VPC 2007 SP1 64 bit (both host and VPC). At first everything works fine, then put your laptop (in my case CPQ 8510w) to hibernate or sleep mode. Wake it up and your wirless adapter will be spinning endlessley. It will show it as disabled and attempt to enable my freeze or it will say enabled wrongly. Only way to come out of it is to reboot. Things work fine until your laptop goes in the sleep mode. VPC itself works fine.

  • Is there any way to make Windows 7 Beta 1 have sound in VPC without the additions?

  • I have installed Windows 7 Beta 1 in Virtual PC 2007 sp1 (as Vista). I have also installed virtual pc additions.

    Everything is workingg fine, but there is one major problem.

    The Windows 7 is running extremely slow. Going through the start menu or opening any window is slow slow, it is frustrating. So I have given up on playing with Windows 7.

    Any ideas as far as how to speed it up?

  • I ran windows update and installed the drivers for my Dell monitors and a PreProd release of an Nvidia QVS driver, this corrected the "black screen" problem. Works great now.

  • Hi Ben,

    I was looking for the info whether i can install Windows7 in VPC and got it here.

    I've a problem. If I try to run it in full screen mode i get a resolution of 1152X768 and therefore it doesn't spread on the entie screen. My host OS resolution is 1280X800 on Sony VAIO 14" inch laptop. Any idea how can increase the resolution.



  • Suren, I have the same problem on my 8530p laptop. Virtual PC messes up my pc, with sleep and my wireless etc. I also have problems shutting down as well. Glad I knew to uninstall vpc to fix my issues. Anyway, I may try to reinstall it again using Compatability mode or something and see if that helps by chance.

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