View Full Version : A Useful PC Tool: Microsoft Virtual PC 2007

11-22-2007, 02:37 PM
I recently downloaded and installed Virtual PC 2007 on my Windows XP Professional notebook PC. For those of you who may not have heard of it, Virtual PC allows you to run virtual PC's inside your main PC. It allocates physical resources to a virtual PC and it runs as as if it were a physical standalone PC, but within the confines of your real PC.

I am currently running Windows 98SE inside a virtual machine. This was a neat solution for me as I wished to run an older game on my notebook PC without having to go through the bother of setting up a separate partition, dual booting the system and then trying to find Windows 98 drivers for my modern notebook. With Virtual PC, I can boot a Windows 98 PC at any time, play my game and yet also have XP Professional on call at any time. The virtual PC can do just about anything the real one can: go on the Internet, network with my home LAN, use printers, etc. This has saved me the bother of trying to find a second hand older Windows 98 notebook PC.

At the moment, I think the minimum operating system that you can use to run Virtual PC is Windows XP Professional, so sorry, Home users are out of luck it seems. There is a commercial program I believe from VM Ware which allows you to run virtual PC's on other operating systems and also allows you greater flexibility with respect to older operating systems, but you have to pay for it after a trial version from what I have heard.

Here's a link to Virtual PC's home page, where you can read all about it:

Microsoft Virtual PC 2007 (http://www.microsoft.com/windows/products/winfamily/virtualpc/default.mspx)

11-22-2007, 03:44 PM
I find it very neat for running Vista on it...and it looks like Vista will be confined to virtual mode for quite some time. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

11-22-2007, 06:57 PM

11-22-2007, 08:08 PM
Although this tool is marketed towards business users, it's still a great tool for home PC users. Businesses can use this to test applications and operating systems before committing their IT budget to acquiring new software. Home users can use it to run older OS's for older programs, or even test a new OS without having to wipe out your existing setup.