Run Windows Vista in VM

matfx

New Member
Dear all,

I would like to setup Windows Vista in virtual machine and run it. Not sure which virtual machine should i use. I am thinking in between these 2 options, first Windows 10 Hyper-V VM and VMware Player 12.

Any suggestion?

Thanks

matfx
 

My Computer

System One

  • Operating System
    Windows Vista Home Basic 32bit
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Inspiron 1420
    CPU
    Intel Core 2 Duo Processor T5250 @1.5GHz
    Memory
    2GB (2 x 1048MB) 667MHz Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel Integrated Graphics media Accelerator X3100
    Sound Card
    Integrated Stereo Sound
    Monitor(s) Displays
    14.1 Widescreen WXGA Display with TrueLife
    Screen Resolution
    1280 x 800
    Hard Drives
    160GB SATA Hard Drive

townsbg

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Vista Guru
Gold Member
I prefer VMWare and I haven't tried hyper-v. Where are you going to get a license key? You can't use one from a sticker on a computer. It'll have to be retail. Also if you read through the forum there are various issues running Vista. Lack of browser and AVS support. No more updates through Windows update although you should still be able to download sp2.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • Operating System
    Windows 8.1 Industry Pro x64
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Pavillion Elite HPE-250f
    CPU
    Intel i7 860 Quad core 2.8 ghz
    Memory
    8 gb
    Graphics Card(s)
    ATI Radeon HD 5770 1 gb ram
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Alienware 25 AW2521HF
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080 &1680x1050
    Hard Drives
    1 TB x2
    Other Info
    https://www.cnet.com/products/hp-pavilion-elite-hpe-250f/
  • Operating System
    Windows 2012 R2 Data center/Linux Mint
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Poweredge T140
    CPU
    i3 9100 3.6GHz, 8M cache, 4C/4T
    Memory
    8GB 2666MT/s DDR4 ECC UDIMM
    Screen Resolution
    1680x1050
    Hard Drives
    1 TB & 360 GB x2
    Other Info
    https://www.dell.com/en-us/work/shop/productdetailstxn/poweredge-t140?~ck=bt

matfx

New Member
Thanks for your VM suggestion.

No issue at all as i still have a copy of Windows Vista Home Premium retail i bought in 2009, license key not a problem.

I'm aware of end of life support for Vista but this VM is just for some researching and running some old app that not capable of running on Windows 10.
 

My Computer

System One

  • Operating System
    Windows Vista Home Basic 32bit
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Inspiron 1420
    CPU
    Intel Core 2 Duo Processor T5250 @1.5GHz
    Memory
    2GB (2 x 1048MB) 667MHz Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel Integrated Graphics media Accelerator X3100
    Sound Card
    Integrated Stereo Sound
    Monitor(s) Displays
    14.1 Widescreen WXGA Display with TrueLife
    Screen Resolution
    1280 x 800
    Hard Drives
    160GB SATA Hard Drive

wither 3

Vista Guru
Gold Member
Have you tried running the app in Vista compatibility mode in Win 10?
 

My Computer

System One

  • Operating System
    Vista Home Premium 64 bit SP2
    Manufacturer/Model
    Cyberpower
    CPU
    Intel Quad CPU Q6700 2.67 GHZ
    Motherboard
    NVIDIA 780i
    Memory
    4 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    MSI GTX 560 TI Twin Frozr
    Sound Card
    Sound Blaster SB Audigy
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Viewsonic VG2436
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080p
    Hard Drives
    Samsung HD 105SI
    WDC WD20
    Case
    Apevia XJupiter
    Cooling
    air
    Mouse
    Logitech MX 600
    Keyboard
    Logitech MX 3200
    Internet Speed
    30 Mbps

bree

Member
I would like to setup Windows Vista in virtual machine and run it. Not sure which virtual machine should i use. I am thinking in between these 2 options, first Windows 10 Hyper-V VM and VMware Player 12.

I have sucessfully run Vista (briefly) in Hyper-V as one step along the way to upgrade an XP machine through Vista, then W7 and finally to Win10. It had installed and licenced software I wanted to continue using, for which I had no install disks or key

You will not be able to use the sound hardware of the host machine using Hyper-V. So if sound is important for the old app you are testing, then choose VMWare.
 
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My Computers

System One System Two

  • Operating System
    various, from XP to W10
  • Operating System
    W10 Host machine running Hyper-V

townsbg

~~тσωηsвg~~
Vista Guru
Gold Member
I run a vista VM on Vmware. It works quite well on the right hardware. I would not do it on less than 4 gb of ram (for your computer) because you will want to dedicate at least 2 for Vista.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • Operating System
    Windows 8.1 Industry Pro x64
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Pavillion Elite HPE-250f
    CPU
    Intel i7 860 Quad core 2.8 ghz
    Memory
    8 gb
    Graphics Card(s)
    ATI Radeon HD 5770 1 gb ram
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Alienware 25 AW2521HF
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080 &1680x1050
    Hard Drives
    1 TB x2
    Other Info
    https://www.cnet.com/products/hp-pavilion-elite-hpe-250f/
  • Operating System
    Windows 2012 R2 Data center/Linux Mint
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Poweredge T140
    CPU
    i3 9100 3.6GHz, 8M cache, 4C/4T
    Memory
    8GB 2666MT/s DDR4 ECC UDIMM
    Screen Resolution
    1680x1050
    Hard Drives
    1 TB & 360 GB x2
    Other Info
    https://www.dell.com/en-us/work/shop/productdetailstxn/poweredge-t140?~ck=bt
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