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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 http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=78095.
 
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Step 1: System Requirements

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?

Picture of So where do I get it?
So you will have to go to microsoft to download the free program. Here is a direct link http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=04d26402-3199-48a3-afa2-2dc0b40a73b6&displaylang=en
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.
TC1dude3 years ago
Like it. But For me, I have XP Basic. Would it still work?
Adam-S3 years ago
are you able to use ubuntu?
TimeDroid3 years ago
Woot 4 98! good old times
can you run this program on a fedora 13 computer? if so, do you know how? thanks
bowmaster4 years ago
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?
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
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.
oh...... lol.....its hard to see these things in text..... :) lol
Sandisk1duo5 years ago
I don't have the willpower to change Operating systems....
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.
CyberTech2000 (author)  Sandisk1duo5 years ago
What do u use?
Vista and XP
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.
mattdias5 years ago
Please send me iso for windows xp if you have it. just private message me and i'll give you my email.
spiker mattdias5 years ago
if you got the iso please message me. i'd like it too :D
Arbitror5 years ago
Could you send me an iso file of your Windows 98 install disk? Please? I've been looking everywhere!
Cool, I'm running the windows 7 beta on Virtual PC 2007
How is windows 7?.currently using vista. worth upgrading to beta?
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.
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
You should change the link to download Virtual PC. The software is now at http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=28C97D22-6EB8-4A09-A7F7-F6C7A1F000B5&displaylang=en
billb5 years ago
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 billb5 years ago
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 Arbitror5 years ago
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 billb5 years ago
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.
can i install lunix on the virtual or is it only windows
It's Linux, not lunix. It won't work, use VirtualBox.
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.
http://www.nongnu.org/qemu/

or, if you have a Mac, use Q (same thing, shorter name):
http://www.kju-app.org/

Sure, its just an emulator, but it seems to work...
I can run the XO-1's OS using this! =D
xc10245 years ago
SUN VirtualBox is better. Cross-platform, non-Micro$oft, and can run other OS's as well. Once, I managed to install Linux on Virtual PC, but it didn't work when rebooted. If Linux doesn't work well with Virtual PC, don't blame it on Linux. Virtual PC is designed to run Windows and ONLY Windows, nothing else. I would even risk saying that they put special effort to achieve that.
ReCreate5 years ago
hello how big in filesize is the windows 98 VHD file and the iso you used to install it also for xp Thanks!
ReCreate5 years ago
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CyberTech2000 (author)  ReCreate5 years ago
Ya but i need a place where i can upload 650mb (thats the sizze of the iso). I torrented it search isohunter.com
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
berky935 years ago
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.
icurdrive5 years ago
this is going to come in very handy thanks for the heads up!
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