Windows 7 on Virtual PC on Windows 7

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 had VPC2k7SP1 on Win7x64 but shortly after installing my network stack died several times over a couple of days (dropped wireless connections, ethernet connections failing to acquire DHCP, etc). After uninstalling VPC the problem disappeared, so I'm inclined to think it was the culprit. Maybe the next drop of Win7 will behave better?

  • Anyone know why a new VHD I've created under Windows 7 only starts in session mode?

  • Steve Hutchins -

    What do you mean by "session mode"?



  • I have installed Windows 7 on virtual pc which is running by Windows Vista..

    after installing windows 7 on my virtual pc, If I turn off and turn on I am getting Start up error ...with a blue screen on my virtual machine...any one can help me on this.

  • Femim -

    What is the text displayed on the bluescreen?



  • Hi Ben, I run windows 7 on windows 7 virtual machine. Often I can not log. After entering user and pass the virtual machine and returns to the logon screen remains black.

    I appreciate any help.


  • Hi - Just came across something interesting RE: network connectivity with a win7 guest in win7's vpc -- it works fine selecting the hardware adapter rather than NAT, but it uses it's own MAC address, unlike my vbox vms & unlike the xpmode vm. Not a problem unless your router is set for MAC filtering. ;-) [imagine win7 vm in win7 might seem unusual, but use it testing the MS ASA Beta.]

  • I just installed Win 95 on Virtual PC 2007. I installed it on my laptop which is running Windows 7 ultimate (64 bit). Trying to install virtual machine additions and I get a message that additions are not installed on my machine. Is there a solution for this? My goal is to play Risk in Win 95 and that's hard to do without a mouse.


  • how do i dowload lpus is it free ps looking for free virtaul pc

  • I have Windows 7 Ultimate and am using the 2007 SP version of Virtual PC. I have a DOS virtual machine guest. And I want to print to my parallel printer from the DOS guest system, naturally. The parallel printer port on my windows 7 PC is via a plug in parallel port card, running on a PCI slot, so it does not has a different interrupt than the old DOS LPT1 INT 7. It uses INT 17. Of course, Windows 7 prints to it fine, and I can share it. My computer does not support hardware virtualization. Is there any way for my to print to my parallel printer from the DOS that is running under Virtual PC on my Windows 7 machine? I also have Windows 3.1 that runs on my DOS guest.

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