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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  • Hello,

    Bit off topic but when will Virtual PC support x64?


  • I installed Win7 in VPC and am having problems with the networking inside the VPC.  It only has Local access, the machine cannot connect to the Internet.  

  • easy solution to connect to internet is to select NAT as the adapter...

  • Hi

    I & a colleague have installed Windows 7 beta on our host PCs and installed VPC to run leagacy XP/Vista/MOSS VPCs.

    Generally speaking it works OK but the screen is often goes black when focus returns to the host pc.  Moving the mouse back over seems to reveal blocks of the VPC desktop and moving the whole VPC app window redraws the entire desktop and you can return to working.

    Just wondering if anyone else has experience the same issue.  Any suggestions?  All VMs have the latest additions but I'm thinking about re-installing them on the VMs just in case.

  • As a follow up to the above, we have also encountered problems with the mouse integration failing if 2 VMs are run at the same time.

  • Wouldn't the "Notification Area Icons" control panel also solve the Virtual PC icon problem?

    Seems to work for me.

  • Whoops, I thought you meant somehow make Virtual PC appear in the Superbar when minimized, didn't realize you were talking about the tray.  Totally missed the screenshot. >_>

  • I installed Windows 7 on VPC 2007 as "Other" type os. No sound. Is there a way to change the type to Vista or install a sound card w/o creating a new VPC?

  • I have the same issue as Simon, Intel Q35 on a Dell Optiplex 755.

    If I turn off desktop compisition it works fine, but I'd rather just live it then make everything ugly :o

  • What about the other way around... I installed Windows 7 as the host and VPC 2007 SP1 (x64) but can't drag and drop files FROM the VM back to the host... always get the error "An error in Virtual PC has occurred (d3)."  Doesn't matter whether I am admin or not...

    Any thoughts?

  • Ivor -

    Sorry, I do not talk about future releases / features.

    Jim / Anon -

    It is working fine here.  What do you see as options under the network adapter settings for the virtual machine?

    Simon -

    I am not seeing that.  Are you seeing this on one computer - or multiple?

    Chaley -

    If you reboot the virtual machine twice - it should get sound.

    Jeff -

    What video card?

    Chris -

    You need to reboot after installing Virtual PC in order to get full drag-and-drop support



  • Don't try to install the Virtual Machine Additions. This will crash Windows 7 at startup. The only way back is apparently to restore the last restore point.

  • I just fixed the sound problem!

    I turned off, disabled the sound card and started Windows 7 again and just after it starts, I shut it down.

    Enabled again the sound card on virtual pc.

    Removed the Virtual PC Additions

    Restarted and reinstalled VPC Additions.


    I have sound on Windows 7 over VPC! =D

  • I did not tell the virtual machine that I was going to install vista and now I do not have sound (I had not read this blog before installing). Is there a way to get sound without having to reinstall after telling the wizard I was going to install Vista instead of Windows 7?

  • Bevan,

    Just follow the procedure on my previous post.

    It will fix the sound problem.



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