With Microsoft Virtual PC 2007 SP1, you can create and run one or more virtual machines, each with its own operating system, on a single Windows Vista or XP computer (host). This provides you with the flexibility to use different operating systems on one physical computer. Using Virtual PC allows you to run legacy and custom applications during migration to new operating systems and increases the efficiency of support, development, and training staffs.
If you have not already, you will need to have a ISO
file of the operating system (guest) that you want to use to create the new virtual machine with. You can use a free program like ImgBurn
to create a ISO image file from your operating system installation disc. 2.
If you have not already, you will need to download and install Microsoft Virtual PC 2007 SP1
Run Virtual PC. 4.
Click on New
. (See screenshot below) NOTE: If this is the first time you are running Virtual PC, then you will see step 5 below automatically instead
Click on Next
. (See screenshot below) 6.
Select (dot) Create a virtual machine
, and click on Next
. (See screenshot below) 7.
Type in a name you want to display for the virtual machine, and click on Next
. (See screenshot below) NOTE: This will also be the name of the .vmc file located in the hidden C:\Users\(User-Name)\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Virtual PC\Virtual Machines folder by default
If available, select the guest operating system (step 1) in the drop down menu that you will be installing in the virtual machine, and click on Next.
(See screenshot below) 9.
Select (dot) Adjusting the RAM
, then slide the slider to increase or decrease the amount of your system RAM you want allocated to be used by only this new virtual machine when running. When done, click on Next
. (See screenshot below) 10.
Select (dot) A new virtual hard disk
, and click on Next
. (See screenshot below) 11.
Click on Browse
(left screenshot below). Navigate to and select the folder where you want to save the .vhd (virtual hard drive) file at, and click on Save
. (right screenshot below) 12.
Specify the size that you want the .vhd file to be in MB (1024MB = 1GB), then click on Next
. (See screenshot below) NOTE: You will want to have at least the minimum amount of hard drive space required by the operating system (step 1) that you are installing as the guest in the virtual machine. For example, 20480MB (20GB) minimum for Vista
Click on Finish
. (See screenshot below) NOTE: You have just finished creating a new virtual machine. You will now need to install the guest operating system using the ISO file (step 1) inside the virtual machine below
Select the new virtual machine (name used in step 7), and click on Start
. (See screenshot below) 15.
On the menu bar, click on CD
and Capture ISO Image
. (See screenshot below ) 16.
Navigate to where you have the ISO image file from step 1 located. Select it, and click on Open. (See screenshot below) 17.
On the menu bar, click on Action
. (See screenshot below ) 18.
Click on Reset
. (See screenshot below) 19.
You can now finish installing the operating system (ex: Vista) as you would normally for a clean install
When done, you will be able to start this virtual machine with (ex: Vista) as the guest when you click on Start in step 14. (See screenshot below)