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February 20, 2007 / Steve Rosa

Virtual PC 2007 is out!

Excerpt from Microsoft’s website:

Use Microsoft Virtual PC 2007 to run multiple operating systems at the same time on the same physical computer. Switch between virtual machines with the click of a button. Use virtual machines to run legacy applications, provide support, train users, and enhance quality assurance.

Virtual PC lets you create separate virtual machines on your Windows desktop, each of which virtualizes the hardware of a complete physical computer. Use virtual machines to run operating systems such as MS-DOS, Windows, and OS/2. You can run multiple operating systems at once on a single physical computer and switch between them as easily as switching applications—instantly, with a mouse click. Virtual PC is perfect for any scenario in which you need to support multiple operating systems, whether you use it for tech support, legacy application support, training, or just for consolidating physical computers.

Personally, as I do not have a lot of computers, neither at home or at the office, I have always been using VPC. It is very practical when studying Microsoft technologies and doing the exercices where you need three or four Windows servers running at the same time. It usually offers enough performance, provided that the physical computer has a big amount of memory installed.

Below is a list of the new features of the 2007 version versus the 2004 version:

  • Optimized for Windows Vista

The virtualization architecture has been optimized for Windows Vista to provide improvements in performance, system resource usage, and stability.

  • Improved performance based on Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 R2

Virtual PC 2007 leverages the performance improvements introduced in Virtual Server 2005 R2. 

  • Provides support for 64-bit host operating systems

You can run Virtual PC 2007 on 64-bit versions of Windows Vista. This means you can run 16-bit operating systems (such as Windows 98 SE) which are not supported natively on 64-bit versions of Windows Vista.

  • Provides support for sound devices in Windows Vista guest operating systems

Virtualized sound device drivers are available to Windows Vista guest operating systems. This allows Windows Vista guest operating systems to play sounds through the host operating system sound devices.  Other guest operating systems will continue to have sound support as it exists in Virtual PC 2004 today.

  • PXE Booting

Boot from a remote virtual hard drive over a network.

Download it for free here.


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