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Article ID: 958559 - Last Review: June 21, 2014 - Revision: 5.0

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INTRODUCTION

Windows Virtual PC

Windows Virtual PC is the latest Microsoft virtualization technology. It lets you run many productivity applications in a virtual Windows environment, with a single click, directly from a Windows 7-based computer.

Supported host operating systems
  • Windows 7 Home Basic
  • Windows 7 Home Premium
  • Windows 7 Enterprise
  • Windows 7 Professional
  • Windows 7 Ultimate
  • Windows 7 Home Premium (SP1)
  • Windows 7 Enterprise (SP1)
  • Windows 7 Professional (SP1)
  • Windows 7 Ultimate (SP1)
Supported guest operating systems
  • Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3) Professional
  • Windows Vista Enterprise Service Pack 1 (SP1) and later versions
  • Windows Vista Ultimate Service Pack 1 (SP1) and later versions
  • Windows Vista Business Service Pack 1 (SP1) and later versions *
  • Windows 7 Professional *
  • Windows 7 Enterprise.
  • Windows 7 Ultimate
  • Windows 7 Professional (SP1)*
  • Windows 7 Enterprise (SP1)
  • Windows 7 Ultimate (SP1)
*Note  Virtual applications are not supported on Windows Vista Business or on Windows 7 Professional or on Windows 7 Professional(SP1). All other features of Windows Virtual PC are supported on these two guest systems.

How to obtain Windows Virtual PC

Please visit the following Microsoft Web site to download the appropriate installation package for your system:
http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=160479 (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=160479)

More information

For more information about Windows Virtual PC and Windows XP Mode, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
http://www.microsoft.com/windows/virtual-pc/default.aspx (http://www.microsoft.com/windows/virtual-pc/default.aspx)

References

The third-party products that this article discusses are manufactured by companies that are independent of Microsoft. Microsoft makes no warranty, implied or otherwise, about the performance or reliability of these products.

Applies to
  • Windows 7 Enterprise
  • Windows 7 Professional
  • Windows 7 Ultimate
  • Windows 7 Service Pack 1
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