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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Using a Host Guest communication channel in Windows Virtual PC

Host Guest Communication  In Windows® Virtual PC (WVPC), the virtual machine (guest) and the Windows 7 host need to communicate with each other for sharing data, devices and functionality, such as clipboard sharing, printer sharing, file system and drive sharing, Start menu integration and file association with virtual apps. Such communication is also necessary for…

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Networking and Using Windows XP Mode

First Time Use of Windows XP Mode Windows® XP Mode is a Virtual Machine (VM) created by Windows Virtual PC on Windows 7 host. Just as with any new PC you acquire, you would want to connect it to the network, maintain it securely, connect and use USB devices such as printers, storage devices and…

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Three Modes of Windows XP Mode

Enhanced Mode and Basic Mode Windows® XP Mode provides seamless integration of the VM (guest) with the Windows 7 host desktop, by means of Integration Components (ICs). ICs are a set of binaries which run inside the VM and communicate directly with the host OS. They enable Integration Features like clipboard sharing, printer sharing, file…

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Windows Virtual PC

Windows® Virtual PC (WVPC) is a client virtualization software, which can be used on Windows 7 to create multiple Virtual Machines (VMs), each running a different operating system (OS). WVPC can be obtained as a free download from Windows Virtual PC website. WVPC is the engine which supports Windows XP Mode, a preconfigured VM running…