Windows Virtual PC – now without the need for hardware virtualization

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Today we have made a slew of announcements around work we have been doing for desktop virtualization.  Once of which is that Windows Virtual PC will be updated to be able to run on systems without hardware virtualization support.  The update is not currently available – but should go live later today (I will come back and update this post with the details when it does). Update: Download details are in this blog post.

So some questions that you might have:

  1. Why is Microsoft making this change to Virtual PC now?

    Because of you :-)  We have heard loud and clear from customers that they need to be able to run Windows Virtual PC and Windows XP Mode on systems that do not have hardware virtualization support.  So we are going to enable this.

  2. Why did Microsoft release Windows Virtual PC without this in the first place?

    There are two main reasons here. 

    The first is that we believe that customers will get the best virtualization experience on computers with hardware virtualization support.  This has not changed – and even though we are releasing this update I would strongly encourage anyone who is looking at buying a new computer, and intends to use virtualization, to make sure that they get a system that is capable of supporting hardware virtualization.

    The second is that we had hoped that by the time Windows Virtual PC released – hardware virtualization support would be prevalent enough that this would not be an issue.  We were wrong on that.  Bummer.


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  • Hey that's awsome news ! In my company we don't have any virtualization enabled pc ;)

    Just a question, I've Virtual PC 2007 installed. Will I have to uninstall it ? (I suppose so but asking never killed anyone :P)

  • @thomas

    yes, you can't have both VPC2007 and WinVPC installed at the same time

  • I am hypothesizing an unspoken #3:

    3. The other major free virtualization players support software virtualization and users were more than happy to find a working product... whoops!

    @thomas WinVPC is a newer version, in theory you wouldn't need 2007 anymore anyway, your old VMs should still work.

  • Thanks a lot. Better late than never I say. For the future, I have two more requests:

    - Allow WVPC to coexist with VPC 2007 and earlier versions as we have older VMs for which we would like Virtual Machine Additions to work on those older versions. Please make the necessary NDIS and other driver changes so this is possible.

    - Bring back drag and drop support. Is this something that doesn't work because of UAC?

  • This is a great move forward.  Thanks for being flexible with this and for continuiing to listen.

  • This is great news, but better news would be adding support to create 64 guest machines as well as support for making the Windows Mobile emulators work as well.

  • Since 2008 server is not supported under Windows Virtual PC, and XP Mode does not want to active under VPC2007, is it possible to run VPC 2007 and Windows VPC on the same machine?

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Windows Virtual PC – now without the need for hardware virtualization