Creating virtual machines with Windows Virtual PC

Creating virtual machines with Windows Virtual PC

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If you have read about Windows Virtual PC and Windows XP mode, you may mistakenly think that Windows Virtual PC can only be used for running applications in Windows XP mode.  While this is one of the major features, Windows Virtual PC allows you to create multiple virtual machines and use them for multiple operating systems.

The process of creating virtual machines has been improved a bit since Virtual PC 2007, so I thought I would go over the process:

  1. From the start menu, open the Windows Virtual PC folder and select Virtual Machines.
  2. From the Virtual Machines folder, click on Create virtual machine.
  3. On the first page of the Create a virtual machine wizard you can specify the Name and Location for the virtual machine.
  4. Next you can configure the amount of Memory for the virtual machine, and whether Networking will be enabled or not.
  5. Finally you can choose to create a new virtual hard disk or to use an existing one.

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After completing this 5 step the virtual machine will be created, and you can install the operating system you want to run.  On the virtual hard disk configuration page of the create a virtual machine wizard you also have the option of selecting to create a virtual hard disk using advanced options.  If you select this option you will then see a number of extra pages that allow you to create a dynamically expanding, fixed-size or differencing virtual hard disk of any size that you want.


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  • Is there a way to increase the size of the VHD?  For some reason, the max is 130GB.  I want to restore a 300GB backup in a P2V migration

  • Ben,

    When you say:  "For people who need 64-bit virtual machines in the Windows 7, Hyper-V is the only solution that we have.".

    Can you elaborate on this?  Is it possible to run Hyper-V under Windows 7?



  • What if you don't get the option to "Create a new virtual machine" in Windows Explorer in the virtual machines folder?  I've installed both the Windows Virtual PC update and the Virtual Windows XP VHD on my Windows 7 workstation, but for the life of me can't get the option to create a new virtual machine to expose...thoughts?

  • MS have done too bad by 1.locking VPC 7 to Windows 7. 2. Requiring processor virtualization for XP Mode. 3. VPC 2007 doesn't run on Windows 7. The very purpose of VPC is compatibility but systems can't use it because they're incompatible/don't have processor virtualization.

  • OK, Windows Virtual PC may be great for the "app compatability" story but I wonder if it's trying to serve too many audiences. It seems that in the effort to make it seamless enough to the average user, you've sacrificed a lot of the qualities and simplicty of VPC2007.  As a .NET Developer, I use VMs extensively in my work and I use 2 to 3 on a DAILY basis.  I downloaded and tested Windows VPC for about a week and then immediately reverted back to VPC2007 (which luckily still works great after installing the Vista patch). Windows VPC may enable the much hyped, no doubt marketing driven "XP Mode" scenario but you're ignoring the needs of the Developer / IT Pro segment and destroying a good product (VPC2007) in the process!

  • The information in on creating Virtual Machines was very enlightening, however the button that launches the template didn't mak it to my toolbar during installation. any suggestions on how to fix this


  • Wesley -

    Correct!  And no - we have not made any annoucnements about Virtual Server.

    James Feldman -

    Unfortunately Windows Virtual PC is limited to 127GB for the virtual hard disk size.  What backup tool are you using?  Some allow you to resize partitions to restore on a smaller disk.

    JButurff -

    Sorry, I was using "Windows 7" to refer to the family and was talking about Hyper-V on Windows Server 2008 R2.

    Paul Marvin / Rick Hicks  -

    Check my other posts, I have since posted on how to fix this.

    Mike -

    You are correct.  In Windows 7 we have focused on application compatibility to the expense of development / test.  I am not entirely happy about this, but it is what it is.  Hopefully we will be able to address this in the future.



  • Hi,

    Is there any Integration components for Virtual PC working with Linux distributions? I need to be able to run this for a school asignement. If not are you planning anything like that soon? since the Virtual PC is a hw emulation i believe all os-es able to run on the computer should be able to run in the virtual box.

  • Thanks, but once you did this, how do you install Windows 98se on the newly created virtual machine?

  • Like this?

    Tools -> Settings ->DVD Drive. Now you can select ISO file to use as installation disk, or to use physical drive. After selecting, hit Ctrl-Alt-Delete to restart and your installation will start.

  • Did you ever find out what is going on with LLTD within VirtualPC (comment from Tom.B.). I too have the same issue. If I turn off LLTD in the network properties I find that the Network Map is built without issue.

    Are there any debug tools/tips to see if we can work out why this isn't working?

  • I am finding this Windows Virtual PC interface to be frustrating. It is not as straightforward as Virtual PC 2007 (I guess it comes from the same thinking that took away the File menu in Office 2007 & WordPad!). Where is the central management console like in 2007? I am trying to create a new virtual machine, and there is no "Create virtual machine" link in the Virtual Machines folder as you described. Please help.

    >From the Virtual Machines folder, click on Create virtual machine.

  • @frustrated Virtual PC 2007 user

    read this:

  • Thanks for pointing me in the right direction (I needed to find the Create virtual machine button).

    It would, however, help if you would provide some more information about how to install an OS (mount an ISO?), and what each of the advanced options mean.


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