Virtual PC on Windows® 7
Are you curious to know about the use of Virtual PC on Windows 7?
Windows 7 is the latest launch of Microsoft that comes with a variety of amazing and interesting features. With these features, Windows 7 can offer a great performance. HomeGroup, Jump Lists, Snap, Windows Live Essential, Magnifier, Improved taskbar, etc. are some of the new features of Windows 7. Virtual PC is virtualization software launched by Microsoft for Windows 7 system. Windows 7 Virtual PC is an optional component which can create and run the virtual machines for application compatibility. Windows 7 Virtual PC can also power Virtual Windows XP which will allow the older or incompatible apps to run seamlessly on the same desktop environment of the host machine without running the virtual machine. Then, as Windows 7 Virtual PC was released as an update for Windows 7, it has got a Knowledge Base Article ID. Then after installing the ID, Windows 7 Virtual PC users can create virtual machine, run and power off it and edit the settings.
The following are the uses and system requirements to install Virtual PC on Windows 7 system:
- Allows running of parallel operating system
- To run old software
- System requirements
Allows running of parallel operating system
With the help of Virtual PC, you can run different operating systems in your PC in parallel when your current operating system is running. For example, if you are running Windows 7, then you can run a Virtual PC of Windows XP Professional within it. Thus, with the help of Virtual PC, you can test another operating system in your PC without the effort of partitioning your hard drive and installing a dual- boot operating system.
To run old software
Windows Virtual PC is used to run the legacy software. Suppose, if you want to run the older programs which will run only in Windows 98, then in such a situation you can install the Virtual PC in your system with the current operating system for Windows 98. By doing so, you can easily run the software that requires the need of Windows 98. As Virtual PC uses a virtual hard drive, it creates a secure environment to run risky applications. Thus, in this way the Virtual machine makes the host immune from viruses, spyware, etc.
For installing Virtual PC in Windows 7 system, your system should needs to meet certain requirements. The operating system must be Windows 7 Professional, Enterprise or Ultimate editions. Then the memory must be 2 GB with at least minimum 256 MB available hard disk space for virtualization. The processor can be either Intel or AMD with hardware –VT support which operates at 1 GHz.
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