Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Windows Virtual PC: Where is it?

Windows Virtual PC is Microsoft Virtual PC next version. It runs on Windows 7, but it is NOT part of it - you have to download it. The download page is http://www.microsoft.com/windows/virtual-pc/download.aspx, although the page title is "Download Windows XP Mode". You have to fill in the two dropdowns, and the page shows you two links. If you don't want Windows XP Mode, just click the second link, download and install the update to Windows 7 - it's Windows Virtual PC that's being installed.

Before you download it, you have to check if your's computer processor supports hardware virtualization technology (check out the links on Intel and AMD on the article). Most of the newer processors (post 2006-) ship with it. Some don't (for example, the T6670 on my Dell Vostro 1310 does not :-P). You can run the Hardware-Assisted Virtualization Detection Tool from Microsft to confirm that your processor supports VT (virtualization technology). If it doesn't, download Virtual PC 2007, the previous Windows Virtual PC version. It has less features, but it's disks are compatible with Windows VPC.

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