Folder Sharing between Windows 7 and VM

Virtual PC 2007® SP1 allowed users to share a particular folder with the Virtual Machine (VM). In Windows® Virtual PC, users can enable sharing at drive level only. Sharing a Folder on Windows 7 Desktop with a VM To share a particular folder with the VM, follow steps as below Shutdown or Hibernate the VM…

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USB Architecture in Windows Virtual PC

Some old legacy devices may not have driver support for newer operating systems (Windows® Vista and beyond). Windows® Virtual PC (WVPC) makes it possible to use these devices in Windows® 7, using Windows® XP Mode. Users can, at the same time, utilize the benefits of newer and secure features of Windows® 7. In this article,…

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Networking in Windows Virtual PC

This article will briefly explain how Networking works and the configuration options for Networking in Windows® Virtual PC (WVPC). The Virtual PC host application emulates Intel DEC 21140A network cards. Each Virtual Machine (VM) can have up to four such emulated network cards. The ‘Create Virtual Machine wizard’ in WVPC attaches by default one or…


Various File Types for Virtual Machine Backup in Windows Virtual PC

File Types Following are the various file types registered on a user’s machine when Windows® Virtual PC is installed: File extension Description Should back up? .VMC (Virtual Machine Configuration) Contains Virtual Machine (VM) configuration like RAM, hard disk, network settings and undo disk settings. This file is associated with vmwindow.exe. Yes .VHD (Virtual Hard Disk)…

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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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Tip: How do I Shut Down a Virtual Machine?

There are times when you may want to shut down a Windows® operating system on a Virtual Machine (VM) created using Windows Virtual PC (WVPC). In Windows® XP Mode, by default, the VM gets hibernated upon closing the VM’s window. There are various ways to shut down Windows on the VM: Use Windows functionality (Recommended)…