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Installing Microsoft Virtual PC under Windows 7

If you need to work with different versions of operating systems, for testing or whatever, you might just as well do it virtually instead of fooling around with an array of physical machines!  To do so you could install the Microsoft Virtual PC framework on your Windows work station or server. Get Microsoft Virtual PC here.

Microsoft gives you the choice of installing the Virtual PC with or without Windows XP-mode, and this is where I normally choose to include the Windows XP-mode to be prepared for any eventual Windows XP program-compatibility issues, however this is a matter of taste, so for the sake of this article I will go for Microsoft Virtual PC on its own.

Step 1.

Get Microsoft Virtual PC here.

Click on the Download button.

Step 2.

Go with the option without Windows XP mode.

Step 3.

Select your operating system and language and click on the Download button

You will download a file called “Windows6.1-KB958559-x86-RefreshPkg.msu“, and install it. This is actually a Windows update, which might already have been installed, in which case you will not be required to install it.

Step 4.

Reboot your machine if required, and you will now find Windows Virtual PC in your program list:

Your PC is now capable of creating a virtual machine, more on which in a later posting.

by Jens Vejrup Lassen

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