Introduction: Virtual PC 2007

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VIRTUAL PC 2007 IS FREE AND EASY! It runs multiple operating systems running inside of an operating system. Save time and money as Virtual PC allows you to maintain the compatibility of legacy and custom applications during migration to new operating systems and increases the efficiency of support, development, and training staffs.

ONCE AGIAN IT IS A FREE PROGRAM (Unlike VMWare or Parallels for Windows)

With Microsoft 2007, you can create and run one or more virtual machines, each with its own operating system, on a single computer. This provides you with the flexibility to use different operating systems on one physical computer.

For more information about the ways you can use virtual machines, see Virtual PC at

Step 1: System Requirements

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System Requirements

Basically Virtual PC can run on any computer although the better your computer the better it will run and if you have a really shitty computer it probably won't run to well. Although the average computer should manage to run it very well.

Processor: AMD Athlon/Duron, Intel Celeron, Intel Pentium II, Intel Pentium III, Intel Pentium 4, Intel Core Duo, and Intel Core2 Duo

RAM: Add the RAM requirement for the host operating system that you will be using to the requirement for the guest operating system that you will be using. If you will be using multiple guest operating systems simultaneously, total the requirements for all the guest operating systems that you need to run simultaneously.

Available disk space: To determine the hard disk space required, add the requirement for each guest operating system that will be installed.

Step 2: So Where Do I Get It?

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So you will have to go to microsoft to download the free program. Here is a direct link
Then go ahead and install it. It might say somthing about how it can't run if you dont have business, ultimate, or professional edition of XP or Vista. Just ignore the message and click continue or ok.

Step 3: Create a New Virtual Machine

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Once you've got Virtual PC 2007 downloaded and installed and your operating system disc at the ready, from Virtual PC's Action menu, choose "New Virtual Machine Wizard" and you're off. Within the VM Wizard, you'll set how much RAM to allocate to the operating system virtual machine, and you'll also set up a new Virtual Hard Drive with a size you set that operating system will use to store data.

The Virtual Machine Wizard, like most Windows wizards, is easy enough to work through, so I'll spare you the text.

Step 4: Install You Operating System

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To install your operating system go to the Virtual PC Console and and double click the VM you just created. Once its started click on CD menu at the top of the machine. Then if you have the .iso file of your Operating System click on Capture ISO Image or if you just have the CD click on Use Physical Drive. Then click on Action menu, then Reset. After this you just have to install your operating system as you normally would in any other computer. You will need to look up a guide for installing linux though.

Step 5: Install the Virtual Machine Additions

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The first time you click inside your VM, Virtual PC will attempt to "capture" your mouse pointer. Once it's inside the VM, you won't be able to move it out of the window without using a special key combination (Right-Alt, by default.) You probably will recieve an initial prompt about this. This mouse pointer capturing business is really annoying, especially for someone used to using VNC to remote control computers. Happily using some extras for VPC, we can stop the Right-Alt madness. More on that later. To get extra VPC features like sharing the mouse and folders between guest OS and host, start up your XP VM, and from the Action menu, choose "Install or Update Virtual Machine Additions" (the key command is Right-Alt-I). VPC will go through its paces and prompt you to reboot the XP VM. Once VM Additions are installed, you can move your mouse between your XP VM and Vista host without having to press Right-Alt to free the pointer. Additionally, you can share folders from the host PC to the VM. Check out the Settings area to do that, as pictured. And then thats it your finished!!!


TC1dude (author)2011-04-16

Like it. But For me, I have XP Basic. Would it still work?

xp4xbox (author)TC1dude2015-05-13

It's a bit late but yep it will work.

Adam-S (author)2011-02-28

are you able to use ubuntu?

TimeDroid (author)2010-12-12

Woot 4 98! good old times

commander1332 (author)2010-11-03

can you run this program on a fedora 13 computer? if so, do you know how? thanks

bowmaster (author)2010-03-27

Could an computer with an i7-620M at 2.66 Ghz (3.33 Ghz turbo mode) quad core processor and 8GB of RAM run Windows 7 at the main OS and Windows XP at the virtual OS?

junits15 (author)bowmaster2010-05-20

is that even a question?! of course yes!!! but with win 7 you need professional or higher to use virtual PC if you dont have it you can use sun virtual box.  An i7 has virtulization so it will run almost as fast as the host os

bowmaster (author)junits152010-05-20

It's a joke. Of course it can run it. I upgraded to an i7 920XM at 2.0Ghz (3.2Ghz turbo mode). The 620M was a dual core, the 920XM is a quad core. And I'm planning to quad boot. Windows 7, Windows XP, Ubuntu, and Mac OSX.

junits15 (author)bowmaster2010-06-30

oh...... lol.....its hard to see these things in text..... :) lol

Sandisk1duo (author)2009-01-09

I don't have the willpower to change Operating systems....

jimvandamme (author)Sandisk1duo2009-09-25

That's what I thought until I downloaded LinuxMint, which is a falling-off-a-log distro of Ubuntu. Click-click, 15 minutes & you're surfing the web again. You can dual-boot if you have the HD space (1-10G for Linux). Ubuntu has a tutorial on setting the boot loader to whichever you want. I set it to Vista cuz my wife gets to the confuser first in the morning.

What do u use?

Vista and XP

draftbounty (author)Sandisk1duo2009-03-22

Try live-cd, like slax, dsl etc. It'll just run on cd, no installation onto your pc required. When you're done on 'em, reboot, take out the cd, and you got your vista/xp back.

mattdias (author)2009-07-07

Please send me iso for windows xp if you have it. just private message me and i'll give you my email.

spiker (author)mattdias2009-07-21

if you got the iso please message me. i'd like it too :D

Arbitror (author)2009-05-27

Could you send me an iso file of your Windows 98 install disk? Please? I've been looking everywhere!

DavidRobertson (author)2009-01-10

Cool, I'm running the windows 7 beta on Virtual PC 2007

csmiler (author)DavidRobertson2009-03-24

How is windows 7?.currently using vista. worth upgrading to beta?

Arbitror (author)csmiler2009-04-11

Don't even. The BETA expires on Aug. 1st, 2009. The BETA is used for testing programs for the first release of Windows 7, not as a main operating system.

brewtendo (author)Arbitror2009-05-27

there's something called "Windows 7 release candidate" that expires june or july 2010, it is also free and just came out like a few weeks ago! the only thing bad about it is that it starts shuting down your computer every 2 hours starting march 2010, but you'll probably buy it by then

NobodyInParticular (author)2009-04-12

You should change the link to download Virtual PC. The software is now at

billb (author)2009-04-08

I thought I read somewhere that the virtual OS's can't access anything connected via USB. Is that correct. If it is, its a deal breaker. If not then its very cool.

Arbitror (author)billb2009-04-11

Oh It can. But instead of using the Micro$oft Virtual PC, I use Sun Virtual Box. It is simple to use, even though it has some advanced features. With Virtual Box, you can access anything on the host computer. (including 99% of all the computers RAM!)

billb (author)Arbitror2009-04-12

I've used VMware/XP Home, and found it buggy. When I get some time I'll have to give Virtual Box a spin. Have you done anything with the WindowsVM that hammers your processor ? Does it choke or is it smooth? I've read a lot of good posts lately about Parallels and was thinking about trying that but since Virtual Box is FREE I'll try that instead.

Arbitror (author)billb2009-04-12

Microsoft is all about $. Anyhow, VM is not compatible with almost anything but Micro$oft products. Sun Virtual Box is way better, you can set the amount of ram sacrificed from your host machine, you can make a dynamically expanding virtual hard drive, which expand\becomes bigger when it is full, and many other features Micro$oft wanted to keep from you.

juggalo_assassin183 (author)2009-02-26

can i install lunix on the virtual or is it only windows

Try Qemu. Like Virtual PC, its free. Unlike Virtual PC its open source and not made by the "geniuses" who brought us Vista. However, its an emulator.

or, if you have a Mac, use Q (same thing, shorter name):

Sure, its just an emulator, but it seems to work...
I can run the XO-1's OS using this! =D

ReCreate (author)2009-02-08

hello how big in filesize is the windows 98 VHD file and the iso you used to install it also for xp Thanks!

CyberTech2000 (author)2009-01-12

Ya but i need a place where i can upload 650mb (thats the sizze of the iso). I torrented it search

ReCreate (author)CyberTech20002009-01-13

windows 95? well i want windows 95 or 98 (prefer 95) I have some ftp account space(few terabytes) but i don't have a way for other people to upload it! I will send you a message with info

berky93 (author)2009-01-10

just to help, if you try to install this on vista and it says your opperating system is not supported, just ignore it. it still runs perfectly.

icurdrive (author)2009-01-09

this is going to come in very handy thanks for the heads up!

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