Windows Virtual PC / Windows XP Mode RTM now available for general download

Windows Virtual PC / Windows XP Mode RTM now available for general download

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Go and get it:

http://www.microsoft.com/windows/virtual-pc/download.aspx

Cheers,
Ben

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  • Going backwards, can VHD's built in Windows 7/Windows Virtual PC be redeplyed on Windows XP/Virtual PC 2007?

  • Pavel Rozalski -

    No, Windows Virtual PC virtual machines are uni-processor only, however if you run multiple virtual machines each will take advantage of seperate cores in the system.  We also offload some of the device work (like storage and video) onto a different core if the resource is available.

    Luciano -

    I have been able to use Virtual PC 2007 SP1 on Windows 7 with no problems - but Microsoft has not qualified this configuration or issued a support statement.

    Larry -

    I have not tried.  The virtual machine additions / integration components are not compatible between the two products and I do not know what will happen here.

    Cheers,

    Ben

  • @Virtual PC Guy  - I'll give it a try and report back. In *theory* anyway, you should be able uninstall the integration packages then mount in VPC, then reinstall the appropriate ones.

  • @Ben and virtualserver

    Thanks very much for info

    The best solution for one of my machines that has no processor virtualization

  • I guess my whole question is this: Do I HAVE TO HAVE Win 7 Pro or higher to use XP mode? By now isn't there a way to use just the Win 7 upgrade or Win 7 home premium and then just download the XP mode sw as long as my processor is VT capable?

  • Ben, I am very disappointed that shared folder support is gone from Windows VPC.  Floppy support too.  I am now stuck with a DOS machine that is sandboxed.  

    I tried mounting the DOS vhd file in Windows 7 but Win 7 could not read the file system!  Must be FAT-16 I'm guessing.

    I tried installing VPC 2007 but it would not install.  Next I will try uninstalling Windows VPC and try re-installing VPC 2007 again.

    Why did you reduce functionality in this product?  Legacy support is a prime reason for virtual machines.  Will you be removing DOS graphics support next?

  • @ Bill Wood

    It may be incredibly convoluted but you might be able to set up a guest XP machine in Virtual PC 7 and install Virtual PC 2007 in the guest and run your DOS box in the guest XP machine's Virtual PC 2007 :P ! The IT world's equivalent to playing with Russian dolls. I'll need to do a similar thing on my PC when I upgrade to Windows 7.

  • @Iain I tried that, except I used VMWare as the host. VPC 2007 installed but would not run in the guest.  You can't have more than one virtualization layer.

    I installed VPC 2007 under Windows 7 after un-installing Windows VPC.  Unfortunately VPC 2007 crashes a lot when running DOS; VPC 2004 under Windows XP never did.  I tried to install VPC 2004 under W7 but it would not let me.

    Another problem with Windows Virtual PC is that it won't let DOS go full screen, and the graphics are slow.

    I may have to keep an XP partition with VPC 2004 on it.  But that's not sustainable in the long term.  Which is why I'm all hot and bothered by MS pulling support for DOS from VPC.

  • Just to clarify my last post, VPC 2007 doesn't crash when running DOS, its the DOS machine itself that crashes - even when running VPC 2007 under XP.  VPC 2004 runs DOS reliably but won't install under Windows 7 {sigh}.

  • Hello,

    I got Virtual PC on my machine, I`m using Windows XP x64 on real PC and Windows XP x32 on Virtual PC.

    My problem is only about some games that I`m trying to run on Virtual PC, it just don`t work as in real PC. I belive this issue is related with the video card (is required to run), however on Virtual PC I can`t install the video drives as I did on real PC.

    There is any why to fix it? Any update or procedure that I`m missing?

    Thanks, any help is welcome.

    Thiago Araujo

  • The network performance between Virtual Machines and host machine is still incredibly poor. Can't believe this hasn't been fixed. This means Windows Virtual PC is not a viable option for us. How can this be so bad compared to Virtual PC?

  • The network performance between Virtual Machines and host machine is still incredibly poor. Can't believe this hasn't been fixed. This means Windows Virtual PC is not a viable option for us. How can this be so bad compared to Virtual PC?

  • Bill Wood:

    It may be anathema to mention here, but have you tried VirtualBox? The latest versions read VPC's VHDs directly. The only problem is you can't run both it and XPM concurrently (they both want to be hypervisor).

    Ben: I read recently a statement from some MS executive, but I can't find it again. The gist was that XPM in W7 isn't irrevocably tied to VPC, that other VM apps -- VirtualBox, VMWare -- could conceivably replace it as hypervisor for XPM. Is that correct?

    Sorry to say, but I haven't used VPC since MS bought it out and stripped out support for non-MS OSes. And if the problems Bill Wood is reporting viz. DOS are true, that's even less reason to use it.

    Nathanael

  • The hardware assesment tool tols me that my computer is meeting windows virtual pc requirements but when i try to run Windows6.1-KB958559-x64.msu on my windows 7 ultimate x64 RC build 7127 it give me a message says: this update is not applicable on your computer.

    although I enabled virtual technology on my core 2 duo 2.33GHz intel processor.

    Please help me.

  • Installed Windows virtual PC in my windows 7 ultimate box .

    I've opened the virtual machine folder clicking the virtual pc link in all program but the menu does not have the option to create the virtual machines.

    Running the vpcwizard I created a VM which I 've attached a VHD created on a windows 7 box and which contains windows 7 RC .

    When I start the VM it seems not to recognize the OS and try to find a DHCP for remote installation

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