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

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

*Note Virtual applications are not supported on Windows Vista Business or on Windows 7 Professional. All other features of Windows Virtual PC are supported on these two guest systems.

Windows Virtual PC exists solely to emulate other—usually earlier—versions of Windows. If you need to run an app that only works under Windows XP or test software for backwards compatibility with Vista, Windows Virtual Machine has you covered. It’s limited, true, but for people working in a strictly Windows environment—and most of the world still is—it gets the job done. Note: Virtual PC is availabls as Virtual PC 2004, Virtual PC 2007, and Windows Virtual PC.

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