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  • Blog Post: Windows Virtual PC Hotfix for AMD Bulldozer Processors

    We have just published a hotfix for Windows Virtual PC that addresses a compatibility problem when trying to install on an AMD Bulldozer system. You can download it here: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2519949 Cheers, Ben
  • Blog Post: Using “built in” applications with Windows XP mode

    Last week I was asked, on Twitter, if it was possible to publish a built in application (like Internet Backgammon) from Windows XP mode.  The answer is: Yes, but it is a little tricky. Most people use Windows XP mode to run specific applications that they have that will not run under Windows 7. ...
  • Blog Post: Running DOS fullscreen applications in Windows XP Mode

    Here is a problem that I was asked about a while ago: When I try to start a DOS application that switches to fullscreen in Windows XP Mode – it fails with an error that states “The video device failed to initialize for fullscreen mode.  Choose ‘Close’ to terminate the application.”  Why is...
  • Blog Post: An unusual reason to enable MAC spoofing

    By default, Hyper-V will not let software inside of a virtual machine attempt to generate network traffic with a MAC address other than the address that Hyper-V has assigned to the virtual machine (known has MAC address spoofing ).  The reason why this is not allowed by default is that it is relatively...
  • Blog Post: Enabling 24-bit color in Windows XP Mode

    Before I get started today – I want to make one thing very clear: the content of this post is not officially supported by Microsoft.  Feel free to try it out – but if you hit problems do not go contacting Microsoft Product support – as this is unsupported. With that out of the way: When using Windows...
  • Blog Post: Enabling ClearType on Windows XP Mode

    If you are using Windows XP mode on an LCD display – you may notice that the font looks a little jagged.  The reason for this is simple.  ClearType is not enabled. While Windows Vista and Windows 7 both enable ClearType by default – Windows XP (which was released when LCD screens were not as...
  • Blog Post: Running the Windows 8 Developer Preview on Microsoft Virtualization

    Just over a week ago – we posted some details on how to run the Windows 8 Developer Preview in a virtual machine (read all about it here: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/b8/archive/2011/09/16/running-windows-8-developer-preview-in-a-virtual-environment.aspx ). I have been getting a lot of questions and information...
  • Blog Post: How to fix incorrect logon information for Windows XP mode

    It is possible to get into a state where Windows XP mode stores the wrong logon information. There are a couple of ways to hit this problem – but the most common cause is because you have changed your password inside Windows XP.  The result is that when you start Windows XP mode you see the following...
  • Blog Post: Automating WIM2VHD

    As I mentioned yesterday – I have been working on a completely automated virtual machine build process that does not use templates (but build everything from scratch).  One of the key tools that I have been using for this process is WIM2VHD – which allows me to generate new VHD files directly from...
  • Blog Post: How to stop F1 bringing up the Virtual PC Help

    The other day I had someone contact me with this question: “I am running a program in Windows Virtual PC where I need to use the F1 key to bring up help information inside the virtual machine. However, whenever I press F1 the Windows Virtual PC help comes up instead. How to I get the F1 key...
  • Blog Post: MED-V 2.0 available as part of MDOP 2011

    I know I am late getting this up – but I have been quite busy lately Earlier this month we released MED-V 2.0 and it is now available for everyone who has access to MDOP. There are a large number of changes in the MED-V 2.0 release.  The first obvious one is that it is build to utilize Windows Virtual...
  • Blog Post: Updated Windows Virtual PC installer

    I missed this one when it came out – but on Valentines day we released an updated installer for Windows Virtual PC.  It can be downloaded here: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=2b6d5c18-1441-47ea-8309-2545b08e11dd If you already have Windows Virtual PC installed – you do...
  • Blog Post: Master of Orion II under Windows Virtual PC–part 2

    A long time ago I blogged about playing Master of Orion II under Virtual PC .  In this post I talked about using the DOS version of Master of Orion II. Recently I was asked if it was possible to run the Windows version of Master of Orion II under Windows Virtual PC.  I am not entirely sure...
  • Blog Post: Script to attach a USB device to a virtual machine [VPC]

    A couple of people have asked me how to automate attaching a USB device to a Windows Virtual PC virtual machine, so here is a PowerShell script to do just that: # Connect to Virtual PC $vpc = new-object -com VirtualPC.Application # Get VM name $vmName = Read-host "Specify...
  • Blog Post: Gaming on Windows Virtual PC

    Long time readers have – rightly – complained that I have not been talking about gaming in virtual machines very much recently. The main reason for this is that I have been wanting to write this post before starting to post about gaming generally on Windows Virtual PC, and frankly I have...
  • Blog Post: Shutting down a virtual machine

    What happens when you use the Virtual PC / Virtual Server / Hyper-V user interface to shut down a virtual machine? At the simplest level – we send a message over to the virtual machine that asks the guest operating system to shut down, and then we wait. But this is where things get a little tricky. We...
  • Blog Post: Turning off a virtual machine

    Virtual PC, Virtual Server and Hyper-V all have a simple command to “Turn off” a running virtual machine. Unfortunately, it is one that causes us a bit of consternation when we look at it with usability and user friendliness in mind. A long time ago (just over 10 years ago) most computers had big mechanical...
  • Blog Post: Installing Windows Virtual PC on Windows 7 Home Editions

    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...
  • Blog Post: PowerShell Script to Register a bunch of Virtual Machines [Virtual PC]

    When I was getting ready to head out to TechEd this week I copied a bunch of my Windows Virtual PC virtual machines onto a USB disk. 60 of them to be precise. But then I had the problem of how to get them all registered. Sure, you can register a virtual machine with Windows Virtual PC by just double...
  • Blog Post: Installing Windows 98 on Windows Virtual PC

    Windows Virtual PC only officially supports Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7 as guest operating systems. Thankfully it has great compatibility and can run many operating systems that are not officially supported. I recently needed to setup a Windows 98 virtual machine for my wife – who...
  • Blog Post: What is the Default Virtual Machine Location for Windows Virtual PC? (And why is it what it is?)

    My post on how to configure the default virtual machine location for Windows Virtual PC has raised a number of questions.  One of which is: what is the default default virtual machine location for Windows Virtual PC?  This question is almost always then followed by the question – why is it...
  • Blog Post: Managing the Default Virtual Machine Location with Windows Virtual PC

    Virtual PC 2004 / 2007 always default to creating new virtual machines in the current users “My Documents” folder. Users who need to use an alternate location can do so by setting up the MYVIRTUALMACHINES environment variable . Things have changed significantly with Windows Virtual PC. The first...
  • Blog Post: Windows Virtual PC and Screen Resizing

    For as long as I can remember – Virtual PC has allowed you to resize the virtual machine window and have the guest operating system change its screen resolution automatically. The way this is done is that once you finish resizing the virtual machine window, we send a message into an integration service...
  • Blog Post: Windows Virtual PC Everywhere – Part 2

    Continuing in my theme of running Windows Virtual PC everywhere – I think it is time to provide an update on my Virtual PC on Hyper-V post from just over 2 years ago. So here is the updated Windows XP Mode on Windows Virtual PC on Windows 7 on Hyper-V on Windows Server 2008 R2 screenshot: The the...
  • Blog Post: Windows Virtual PC Update – Remember to Upgrade Integration Components

    A couple of people have contacted me and reported performance issues with Windows XP Mode on systems without hardware virtualization support.  One thing that I did not mention in my post last week was that you will need to upgrade the integration components on the Windows XP virtual machine after...
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