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Windows 7 together with its lot of funcionality has introduced a new way for Virtualization. The new virutualization system aslo named Windows XP MODE utilizes the Hardware Virtualization technology to run Windows XP smoothly on your PC.xpcompatbility

But If you do not have the Virtualization support in your system. You have the alternative VirtualPC

To check that your system supports Virtualization you can use

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There are, however, two issues that you should be aware of if you want to do this:

  1. To reiterate, this is not officially supported.  Microsoft has not tested / qualified to combination, and has not made any commitment to ever do so.  So “buyer be warned”.
  2. A number of people have reported that when they try to install Virtual PC 2007 they receive a compatibility warning like this: 
    vpc-blocked1 
    What you need to know is that you will only receive this warning if you have installed Windows Virtual PC.  If you get this, and you want to use Virtual PC 2007 instead of Windows Virtual PC, you will need to uninstall Windows Virtual PC.  Note – it will not work if you just uncheck Windows Virtual PC under the Windows Features dialog.  You need to actually uninstall the Windows Virtual PC update: 
    uninstall-vpcupdate1 
    Once you have done this you can install Virtual PC 2007.

You can download Virtual PC 2007 SP1 from here: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=28C97D22-6EB8-4A09-A7F7-F6C7A1F000B5

Comments (2)

  • I am running Windows 7 Home Premium (34bit) on about 7 laptops onto which I run virtual hard disks created in Virtual PC 2007. (OS of Virtual is XP SP2)

    They load fine in Virtual PC 2007 on the Windows 7 Home environment – but cannot and will not allow me to make the virtual full screen! I have tried many combinations of host and guest screen resolutions but no luck.

    What do I have to do to be able to run my virtuals in full screen mode in Windows 7 Home Premium?

    I read somewhere if I update to Windows 7 Professional or higher that I can run Virtual PC 2007 in the Windows XP mode (not available in Home Premium version) and it should work? Is this right?

    • @Robby
      yes Windows XP mode is available for Windows 7 but you need to have genuine Windows in order to download Windows XP mode.

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