Installing Windows Virtual PC on Windows 7 Home Editions

Installing Windows Virtual PC on Windows 7 Home Editions

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For a while now I have been seeing random people complaining about the fact that they cannot install Windows Virtual PC on Windows 7 Home Editions (Basic or Premium).  This always struck me as odd – as I was sure that this was a supported configuration – but I did not reply as I did not have the time to try this configuration myself and confirm that it did in fact work.

I finally had the chance to try this out – and while I can confirm that running Windows Virtual PC on Windows 7 Home Editions is supported and does work – I also stumbled upon the probable cause of peoples confusion.

If you go to the official Virtual PC website ( and indicate that you are running Windows 7 Home – you will be (correctly) informed that you are not eligible to run Windows XP Mode:

Windows 7 Home - VPC - 2

Unfortunately this page does not explain that you are eligible to run Windows Virtual PC.

To clarify – “Windows Virtual PC” is the virtualization program that allows you to create and run virtual machines on Windows 7.  “Windows XP Mode” is a free pre-configured Windows XP virtual machine.  “Windows XP Mode” is not available for people running Windows 7 Home editions; but these users can download Windows Virtual PC and use a separate (fully licensed) copy of Windows XP to create their own Windows XP virtual machines and get all the functionality of Windows XP Mode.

You can download Windows Virtual PC directly from here:

And as you can see – on this page it does state that Windows 7 Home editions are supported:

Windows 7 Home - VPC - 4

Hopefully the main webpage can be updated to make this less confusing in the future.


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  • I found your blog and hope you can advise. I have installed Magix Music Studio 14 on PC with Win XP Home SP3, but when I run it it says This version of Virtual PC is not supported. Then bombs out. Magix Tech Support say I should uninstall VirtualPC but I don't have it installed and have never installed it. This software loads and runs fine on another PC I have (WIN XP Professional SP3) so there must be something on my PC that has VirtualPC embedded or points to.

    I even downloaded VirtualPC 2007 and run the software but still the same message. I am up to date with Windows updates but do you know if any Windows updates would automatically install pointers to VirtualPC or similar?

  • Mine still downt work after trying all of this and more

  • If you have win7 home prem and can't get ms virtual PC working...

    Once you fill in your OS (home) on the MS virtusl PC site, it gives you some steps.  Just do step 2, and install MS virtual PC.  when it is done it will look like it had filed when you run it (just opens a folder), but notice the "create virtual machine" option on the menu bar?  :-) - use it!!

  • i have system with windows 7 Home Basic OS.I want windows XP mode.can i download virtual PC?pls help me....

  • Nisha -

    Windows XP mode is not available for Windows 7 Home basic.  You can install Windows Virtual PC - but you will need to install your own copy of Windows XP.



  • i have dell laptop inspiron windows 7 home basic and all system requirements are available but i can't install the windows xp mode

  • @vivek

    read the comment from Ben. You can install VirtualPC, but not the preconfigured XP VHD (XP Mode) because it doesn't have the XPMode license policy set. You need your own XP copy.

  • I'm running Win7 Home premium x64. I've followed your' link and tried to download both the x64 and x86 links for VPC and when they start to install all I get is "update not applicable to your' system". Any ideas?

  • @Colin

    get the Refresh Installer from here:

  • Virtual PC does not install on Win 7 Home Prem in a Multi-Boot System

    instead get a Message from the Windows Standalone Installer

    "The Update is NOT applicable to your Computer"

    I can install Virt PC 2007 XP Mode version on the SAME Multi-Boot Computer, in a separate Boot Partition that has Win 7 Prof.  A Sanity check if I had Hardware related issues.

    Sure, who would install Win 7 Home Prem in a multi-boot configuration?  I need to pre-verify a Virt PC install before actually trying it on a "Newbie's" Computer.  Nothing like failing before a Newbie, and I'd loose all credibility.

    Details are available - yes, an AMD chip, Virt enabled, low end PC ...

  • @charlys20

    check if you use the 32Bit (x86) or the 64Bit (x64) Windows 7:

    How can I tell if my computer is running a 32-bit or a 64-bit version of Windows?

    "To find out if your computer is running a 32-bit or 64-bit version of Windows in Windows 7 or Windows Vista, do the following:

       Open System by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, right-clicking Computer, and then clicking Properties.

       Under System, you can view the system type."

    Now get the correct installer from here:


  • It says "this update is not applicable to your computer." I downloaded the x86 version, I think I got the wrong one, going to try downloading the another one. <--- i got the same problem but i have no choice really... x64 installer won't install in my pc. HELP! before i switch to XAMPP! :( ty

  • @cloner

    read my post from 08-03-2011 4:31 PM and download VPC there.

  • Thanks for the info, it is a great help and all you comments are absolutely true, thanks again

  • Hey Ben,

    I have installed windows virtual pc, but could not figure out how to proceed and install windows xp in a system with windows7 home basic as OS. Please tell me the procedure.



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