Virtual Windows XP on Windows 7

Posted: May 6, 2009 in Computer and Internet

The last 2 days I’ve been playing around with this new feature for Windows 7. Before you start downloading the beta for Windows Virtual PC you need check if you pc (CPU) supports a technology like Intel Virtualization Technology or AMD-V and that it is enabled in the BIOS. After you installed the Windows Virtual PC you need a additional download from the Microsoft website which is a MSI-package that actually contains a Windows XP virtual machine, that’s why the download is 456 MB.
Once everything is setup you can start the Windows XP virtual machine in your Windows 7. By default the VM using NAT to connect to the network, but you can change it to whatever you like.

Nothing impressive or new this far, but the cool part is this; You can now start installing applications in this Virtual XP machine and publish them to use in your Windows 7. How cool is that ?!
All you have to do is install your software in your Virtual XP, open the Explorer in the Virtual XP, navigate to the All Users Startup folder and there add your shortcut of the application in the Virtual XP and you’re done.
If you want to start the application from within Windows 7 simply navigate through the Start menu to Windows Virtual PC, Virtual Windows XP Applications and there you will have your published applications.

I’ve been using it for 2 days now to use IE6 because some of the corporate intranet sites don’t render correctly in IE8. Before I solved this via a VM but now I can simply start IE6 via a shortcut on my desktop. The performance seems to be good, but that will depend on your hardware I guess.


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