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 (http://www.microsoft.com/virtualpc) 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: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=2B6D5C18-1441-47EA-8309-2545B08E11DD

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.

Cheers,
Ben

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  • @KG

    run the program C:\Windows\System32\VPCWizard.exe to start the wizard to create a VM.

  • Thank you so much for the info.  Downloaded and installed VirtualPC on Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit.  Been looking for this since I purchased my laptop with Windows 7 but wasn't able to find it til now.  Excited to see how it works.

  • I had downloaded on Win 7 home ....trying to install windows xp ...but it gives blue screen error .and get stuck

    pls revert how can we install winxp....asap

  • @Rupinder

    ask it in the Forums:

    social.technet.microsoft.com/.../threads

    and post the STOP Code.

  • Right, im running windows 7 home premium and im trying to install virtual pc, i've downloaded and tried every version from every link on here and all im getting is The Update Is Not Applicable To Your Computer, someone please help

  • I have tried as well Virtual PC on my my Windows 64bit Ultimate , it doesn't work, I have searching on it the whole day!!!

    Help me out please  

  • iam running win xp  i have a problem when i am browsing internet explorer  i am not able to open Microsoft site but other sites are opening

       pls any baddy can help me . why this happening  

  • I tried Bens way and it says that the update doesn"t apply. I still cannot download virtual PC.

  • @Timm

    get the installers from here:

    www.microsoft.com/.../details.aspx

  • I run Windows 7 Home 64-bit and downloaded Virtual PC KB 958559-x64 but am unable to load Windows XP.  Where have I gone wrong?

  • @Ken

    you need your own XP license. The prepared XP VHD (XP Mode) only works for Prof, Enterprise and Ultimate, not for Home Premium.

  • Thanks, Andre, for your advice.  However, I am trying to load a new,unused fully authorized XP Professional ith SP3 and I keep getting the message that it is uncompatible, hence my confusion.  More advice would be most welcome.

  • @Ken

    which error message do you get? Post a link to a screenshot if possible.

  • Thank you so much I was so bummed out when I saw that Windows 7 Home versions were not able to use Windows Virtual PC.  The page unfortunately has still not been updated.

  • hi mr.ben first thanks for your post, i have windows7 premium installed in my laptop 64bit, i floow ur link and dowload Windows6.1-KB958559-x64-RefreshPkg.msu, then i tried to open windows xp it says window xp is not avilable on this edition of windows, plz help me

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