Running Virtual PC 2007 on Windows 7

Running Virtual PC 2007 on Windows 7

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Attention: In this blog post I am discussing a configuration that is possible, but not officially supported by Microsoft at this point in time.  Feel free to use this – but understand that you are in an unsupported configuration.

There is a fair amount of confusion out there about this – so I would like to start by simply stating that “Yes, it is possible to run Virtual PC 2007 on Windows 7”:


You might be wondering why you would want to do this.  The most common reason is that you want to run Virtual PC on Windows 7 on a system that does not have hardware virtualization support.

There are, however, two issues that you should be aware of if you want to do this:

  1. To reiterate, this is not officially supported.  Microsoft has not tested / qualified to combination, and has not made any commitment to ever do so.  So “buyer be warned”.

  2. A number of people have reported that when they try to install Virtual PC 2007 they receive a compatibility warning like this:


    What you need to know is that you will only receive this warning if you have installed Windows Virtual PC.  If you get this, and you want to use Virtual PC 2007 instead of Windows Virtual PC, you will need to uninstall Windows Virtual PC.  Note – it will not work if you just uncheck Windows Virtual PC under the Windows Features dialog.  You need to actually uninstall the Windows Virtual PC update:


    Once you have done this you can install Virtual PC 2007.

You can download Virtual PC 2007 SP1 from here:


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  • it does not show up on my control panel please pm me

  • I dont have this and im on Windows 8 :|

  • actually you can save file to the hard drive. then go to properties and then compatibility then choose windows 7 and it will install . just seen this cause I was having the same problems that I have seen all over google.

  • MS Virtual PC 2007 does it supports Windows Server 2012R2 Because i'am unable to install the virtual pc getting error unsupported operating system

    I want supported MS Virtual PC for Windows Server 2012 R2

  • Thanks alot pal

    been very useful tip ;)

  • It's much easier than this - just rename the exe

    At least that worked for me.  

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