Install Windows® 7 Virtual PC
What is the Virtual PC and what are the things to remember while installing Windows 7 Virtual PC?
Microsoft provides many excellent features with Windows Virtual PC. These features make it easy to use and allow you to run many older Windows XP applications in Windows 7. You could launch applications in Windows XP mode with only one click. After both the Windows Virtual PC and the virtual Windows XP environment are installed, Windows Virtual PC offers a simple wizard to install Windows XP Mode with just a few clicks. It could also offer USB support. You could access USB devices connected to the host directly from virtual Windows XP. These devices comprise printers and scanners, flash memory/sticks and external hard disks, digital cameras, and more. Thus, you could publish and launch applications installed on virtual Windows XP directly from the Windows 7 desktop, as if they were installed on the Windows 7 host itself. You could easily access your Windows 7 Known Folders: My Documents, Pictures, Desktop, Music, and Video, from inside the virtual Windows environment, such as Windows XP Mode.
The following are the things that you have to consider while installing Windows 7 Virtual PC:
- Support only 32-bit machines
- System requirements
- Tips to install
Support only 32-bit machines
Windows 7 Virtual PC could only support 32-bit virtual machines. If you need to run any 64-bit virtual machine you have to either install Windows Server 2008 + Hyper-V, or make use of a 3rd-party virtualization program like VMware Workstation or Sun Virtual Box. In order to run Windows Virtual PC, your system has to install with the Intel VT or AMD-V features permitted in the BIOS.
Virtual PC needs a 400 MHz Pentium-compatible processor with 1.0 GHz or faster could be used. It also needs approximately 35 MB of disk space. In addition to these 2GB memory, higher recommended Virtual Applications feature is also supported on Windows Vista Business, Windows Vista Enterprise, Windows Vista Ultimate, Windows XP Professional, Windows XP Tablet PC Edition, Windows Vista Service Pack 1 (SP1) and Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3). The supported host Operating Systems is Windows 7 Home Basic, Windows 7 Home Premium, Windows 7 Enterprise, Windows 7 Professional, and Windows 7 Ultimate.
You need to follow the given steps to install it. You need to download the Windows6.1-KB958559-x64.msu update. Then double-click on the Windows6.1-KB958559-x64.msu to initiate the installation. In the installer window, you need to click 'Yes'. In the License Terms window, select 'I Accept' to start the installation. When completed, restart the computer. Now, after you type 'virtual' in the Windows 7 Start menu, you get a link to Virtual PC. By clicking on it you could bring to the Virtual Machines folder.
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