Windows® Virtual PC Beta, a feature of Windows 7 Professional, Windows 7 Ultimate, Windows 7 Enterprise, provides you the capability to run multiple Windows environments such as Windows XP Mode from Windows 7 desktop. Windows® Virtual PC is a new optional component that you can use to evaluate and migrate to the Windows® 7 operating system while maintaining compatibility with applications that run on older versions of Windows. This component is available as a downloadable update package for Windows 7.
Microsoft has added several new features to Windows Virtual PC to make it easy to use and to help you run many older Windows XP applications in Windows 7.
- Easy setup of Window XP Mode
- One click launch of Windows XP Mode applications
- USB support
Install Windows Virtual PC
To install Windows Virtual PC, you download and install the update. Before you try to install Windows Virtual PC, review the requirements to determine whether your computer can run Windows Virtual PC. Windows Virtual PC requires the release candidate of Windows 7 and hardware-assisted virtualization. Steps to follow are:
1.Install the update package:
- a.Double-click the file, Windows6.1-KB958559-plaftform.msu, where platform is either x86 or x64.
b.Review the end-user license agreement and accept it to install the update.
c.To complete the installation, restart the computer.
2.After the installation is finished, Windows Virtual PC is available from the Start menu.
After you install Windows Virtual PC, you need to set up a virtual machine. You can either use the Virtual Windows XP feature, or create your own virtual machine. If you plan to use Windows XP, you should download and use the Virtual Windows XP update package.
To set up Windows XP mode
2.The Virtual Windows XP wizard opens. Proceed through the pages of the wizard to complete the installation. To complete the setup without interruption, leave the option checked to let the wizard start Virtual Windows XP when setup is complete.
3.When the virtual machine starts for the first time, the Virtual Windows XP license agreement appears. To use Virtual Windows XP, you must accept the license agreement. Click Next to continue.
4.Create a password for the “User” account. This is a required account with administrator privileges that the wizard creates automatically. It is the default account used to run Windows XP mode. If you don’t want to enter the password each time you start Windows XP mode, check Remember credentials to store the password. Otherwise, write down the password and store it in a secure location.
5.Choose whether to configure Virtual Windows XP for automatic updates. Click Next.
6.After Windows Virtual PC configures Virtual Windows XP, the virtual machine is ready to use to test the scenarios.
Windows Virtual PC Beta will be available for download on May 5th. Learn more about Windows Virtual PC Beta.