Windows Server 2008 on Virtual PC and Virtual Server

We've just released updates to both Virtual Server and Virtual PC to give better support for Windows Server 2008 (and Vista SP1 and XP SP3).

If you're running either solution, I'd recommend you upgrade to the latest.


Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP1 with KB948515.msp

New Host Support

Windows 2008 (Core, Standard, Enterprise, Datacenter)

XP Professional SP3 (non-production only)

Windows Vista SP1 (non-production only)

New Guest Support

Windows 2008 (Core, Standard, Datacenter, Enterprise, SBS)


Windows Vista SP1 (Business, Ultimate, Enterprise)


Virtual PC 2007 SP1

New Host Support

Windows Vista SP1 (32 and 64 bit)


New Guest (only 32 bit) Support

Windows 2008 (Standard), Windows Vista SP1




Comments (3)

  1. Damien McGivern says:

    Hi Dave,

    the  download page only mentions the support for more OS’s – if you’re already running win 2003 64 bit host with win 2003 32 bit guests are there any other changes that I can benifit from?

  2. Dave Northey says:

    Performance, Performance and Performance Damien!

  3. Rich Sabo says:


    I have Win Server 2008 installed, and am DESPERATE to intall Virtual Server.  I can’t find anything that tells me how to do this.  It is VERY frustrating!  

    I found a blog that told me the requirements, and I do have IIS 7 set up (I’m pretty sure), but to run Virtual Server I have to install SP1, but to install SP1 I have to have Virtual Server installed, but to install it I have to have SP1…well you get my problem.  When I try to install Virtual Server it is blocked for compatibility reasons.

    Can you point me somewhere that gives me the instructions for getting this installed?  I am not(as is probable obvious by now) an experienced network/server admin guy, but REALLY need to get virtual server up and running.

    Any help would be great.

    Thanks Rich Sabo

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