Virtual Hard Disks (VHDs) in Windows Virtual PC

What are VHDs? Virtual Hard Disks (abbreviated to VHDs) are files on the physical machine that store the hard disk contents of a Virtual Machine (VM). Each VHD file is treated as a separate hard disk by Windows® Virtual PC (WVPC). The Virtual Hard Disk file format is an open standard. For the curious, the…

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Using Scripting API for Advanced Operations in Windows Virtual PC

Windows® Virtual PC (WVPC) brings for the first time scriptable API to a Microsoft client virtualization product. These APIs are a very powerful tool in the hands of power users and administrator to do some very cool things and achieve functionality which is not obvious or possible from the normal user interface. We present here…

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Auto-Start and Close Options for Windows Virtual PC

In Windows® Virtual PC (WVPC), Virtual Machine (VM) start-up and close behavior can be configured to have a customized user experience.   Few start-up options can actually lead to perceivably faster launching of Virtual Applications.  In this blog, we will discuss these options and settings along with their pros and cons.  This should be helpful for…

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Tip: Using the keyboard to access useful functionality in Windows Virtual PC

When you use a Virtual Machine (VM) created using Windows® Virtual PC (WVPC), following keyboard shortcuts would be very useful to make life simple without using the mouse: Press this key To do this CTRL+ALT+Left Arrow Release the mouse from the virtual machine’s (VM) window (required only when the integration features are not installed or…


Publishing Virtual Applications in Windows Virtual PC

Windows® Virtual PC (WVPC) provides a feature called virtual applications, using which you can access applications running in a Virtual Machine (VM) seamlessly from Windows® 7 host Start menu. These applications get added to the host start menu automatically upon installing inside the VM using a feature called Auto Publish. Preparing a VM for Auto…

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