How To Setup a Virtual PC Console in Windows 7

Virtual Machine Technology is like having a computer inside a computer. It allows you to work with applications, create networks, write code in the .NET environment, trouble shoot applications, all in a sandbox environment.  Here the virtual machine and its operations are kept separate from the core-host machine. If the virtual machine blows up, the host machine is unphased.

Virtual Machine technology allows businesses to have multiple servers on one main server. Suppose a company needed to have a mail-exchange server, a database server running Oracle, and another running Sql server 2005, another server running financial software and one or two servers running manufacturing and engineering software. This could get very expensive. The company would have to purchase the hardware and the software. But by having a virtual machine environment, instead of having to purchase 4 or 5 computer-servers, each costing between 7 and 10 thousand dollars, a company only needs to buy one. That server would be loaded up with RAM and Multi-Core processors to handle the operations of several different virtual machines. Indeed the server may well cost upwards of 15,000 dollars. Still this would be a lot less than spending 40 to 60 thousand dollars on hardware. Now, the company only needs to buy one server, and the software to run on each virtual machine.

This is the way of the future and Windows 7 offers an opportunity to do this.
Once you have Windows 7 in place,  Download the Virtual PC  2007 Progarm from Microsoft.

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Virtual PC 2007

Follow the defaults that come with the wizard.


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Choose The Correct Architecture


Make sure you use the correct version for your computer, 32 bit or 64.

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Selecting The 64 Bit Version


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Welcome To The Installation Wizard



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Microsoft Software License Terms


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Customer Information


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Ready To Install Program



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Installing MS-Virtual PC



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Installation Complete



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MS VirtualPC



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Virtual PC Console


Having installed the virtual PC Console then one must add the VM to the console and run it. That will be the topic of the next post, How to Install a Virtual Machine.



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5 Responses to How To Setup a Virtual PC Console in Windows 7

  1. Stephen October 1, 2009 at 1:59 am #

    One very important point of clarification – although WPC 2007 will work with Windows 7, it absolutely was not meant for Windows 7. In fact, if you want to run XP Mode through Windows Virtual PC (both of which were designed for Windows 7) you absolutely cannot install VPC 2007. WIndows Virtual PC and VPC 2007 are 100% incompatible – if you have one installed, trying to install the other will fail. In addition, if you try to install Windows Virtual PC first and then learn (after installation) that the computer doesn’t support Hardware Virtualization, on some machines it will then be extremely difficult (translate nearly impossible) to then install VPC 2007.

    BTW, people considering VPC 2007 should also take a look at Sun’s Virtualbox software. It is free, faster than VPC 2007, and much more robust. Among other things, it will allow you to use USB devices through the Virtual machine/OS. VPC 2007, on the other hand, does not allow you to use external devices in your virtual machines….


  2. Anonymous October 1, 2009 at 4:55 am #

    Good clarification from Stephen! But it might be unclear which one to use when your host is running Windows 7: the not supported VPC 2007 or Windows Virtual PC? The answer might look clear: why use unsupported software? And that answer is right if you only want to run client OS’es in your virtual PC (XP, Vista or Windows 7). But if you want to run server OS’es, you run into another not supported thing…: Windows Virtual PC does not support guest OS’es other than XP, Vista and 7. Though others work (like VPC 2007 works on 7), they are not supported.

    I’ve tried to use Windows Virtual PC with both Windows Server 2003 and 2008 for about a week but decided to return to the non supported VPC 2007. I had several issues, especially with Windows Server 2008, that made me revert. You can find lots of forum discussions on those issues. Also a lot of handy features VPC 2007 has, do not work in Windows Virtual PC when running a server OS, like dragging and dropping files from host to guest and vice versa. So, my advice is to stick to VPC 2007 when you need to run server OS’es as guest. Otherwise you’re fine with Windows Virtual PC. And I will look into Virtualbox or VMWare, as I am very disappointed about the road Microsoft is taking with virtualisation. Windows Virtual PC in my opinion is not the upgrade I was waiting for and I don’t want to run Windows Server 2008 with Hyper V on my laptop… So, if I want to run 64-bit guest OS’es in a virtual machine, I can only do one thing: say goodbye to Microsoft.

  3. Anonymous October 1, 2009 at 6:19 am #

    Windows Virtual PC is annoying, the whole thing feels slow when using XP inside it, e.g. the Start Menu. VPC 2007, while not supported, is much better and I’ll give Virtualbox a go as well.

  4. Josè Daniel October 1, 2009 at 9:52 pm #

    “This program is blocked due to compability issues” that’s what I always get in Windows 7 Ultimate, how did you make it work?
    XP Mode and Win Virual PC, are they two differente things? I know XP Mode is specifically for Windows XP, but I mean, what did MS make two things instead of adding to VP2009 what XP Mode has?!

  5. Lars Nilsson February 4, 2012 at 5:49 pm #

    I have installed Windows Virtual PC on my Windows 7 64 bit machine. The reason being I have some old programs which do not run on 64 bits, so I have to install them in XP mode.
    Now I realized that the VPC took up 50% of my 200 GB hard disk while I only need a small portion of that.

    I have looked at some web pages with suggestions how to reduced the size, but the steps always end up in doing something from the Virtual PC Console, which I do not have. Reading the above also indicates that I can not install it while having the VPC.

    Can anyone explain how I can reduce the size of the disk allocated to the VPC and return it to the hoast, given I do not have the VPC Console.

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