Virtual PC for Windows 7 64-bit Professional Version

Is there a Virtual PC for Windows 7, 64-bit Professional Version.

My laptop is running on a Windows 7 64-bit, and I'm looking for a version of Virtual PC that is compatible with this version of OS.

Any help is much appreciated.
ben1211Asked:
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lobo797Commented:
http://www.microsoft.com/windows/virtual-pc/download.aspx

Choose your version from the dropdown menu and it gives instructions on steps to follow
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lobo797Commented:
My experience has been that you can only install a version of Virtual PC that matches your OS install.  IOW, you can't install 32-bit Virtual PC on a 64-bit OS.  Kinda makes sense, and yet what is Virtual PC for? I would like to be able to try out 32-bit OS on my 64-bit machine!
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ben1211Author Commented:
lobo, i don't get what you're saying. Do you mean that I won't be able to run a 32-bit OS on my Virtual PC that's sitting on a 64-bit machine?
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LMiller7Commented:
You must install a 64 bit version of VirtualPC on a 64 bit OS. But that doesn't mean that you are restricted to only 64 bit clients. 64 bit VirtualPC will support both 32 and 64 bit clients.
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ben1211Author Commented:
Lobo...I've been to the link that you provided above: http://www.microsoft.com/windows/virtual-pc/download.aspx

But what does this actually do? I've had to download a file called WindowsXPMode which is about 469MB. What is the purpose of this?

Lobo...take a look at the link below, will that work?
http://www.microsoft.com/windows/virtual-pc/download.aspx
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ben1211Author Commented:
Lmiller, I'm trying to find a Virtual PC 64-bit installer that I can run on my Windows 7 64 bit laptop. Do you know where I can find one that works?
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lobo797Commented:
ben1211,

Sorry about the lag and the confusion.

I'm doing some research about the XP mode on a Windows 7 install and will post results.  I was not able to find another link that was direct to Virtual PC without XP mode.  Would other solutions of Virtual PC be an option?
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koolinCommented:
http://www.microsoft.com/windows/virtual-pc/download.aspx

In Step 2 Select Professional 64-bit, and your language.  

Now Step 3 and the part Microsoft makes confusing by having all the Windows XP mode stuff, you want the "Download/install this second: Windows Virtual PC"  that is the virtual PC application, you don't need the Windows XP mode stuff if you don't plan on running that image of theirs, and you can skip the other parts of Step 3.

Once you download and install the "Download/install this second: Windows Virtual PC", you can create virtual machines to your hearts content.
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koolinCommented:
Direct link to the Windows Virtual PC 64-bit ENGLISH download installer - http://download.microsoft.com/download/8/C/6/8C620E1A-2A14-411F-A091-27AE6EDE0675/Windows6.1-KB958559-x64.msu
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koolinCommented:
zz nevermind on that link sorry, you will have to jump through Microsofts wizard. :(
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
The short answer:

Install XP Mode.  This should install Virtual PC for you.  XP Mode is available on Win 7 Pro, Enterprise, and Ultimate and is a FREE virtual machine with XP SP3 that can be used for applications (non-graphics intense applications so gaming is generally out) that don't work directly under Windows 7.  You should be able to install ADDITIONAL virtual machines running any OS that wants to work (some may have issues; most should be fine).

On Win7, your computer MUST have hardware virtualization supported by the CPU/BIOS and enabled.
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lobo797Commented:
koolin,

Have you been successful with an install?  I have tried this on an Acer laptop and I always hit the hardware virtualization problem.  On the Acer, you get the message that you have to enable hardware virtualization but then the settings tell you that it is already enabled :(  Research tells me I'm not the only one experiencing this issue.

ben1211,
If you haven't already done so, I would try koolin's suggestion since there is nothing lost.  If you run into the hardware issue follow the instructions to enable virtualization.  It may very well work which would be great!
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koolinCommented:
Working fine on my Dell Latitude E6400, did have to make the BIOS change to enable it, but after that I have Windows Server 2008 and Windows XP virtual machines running fine.
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ben1211Author Commented:
Hi everybody, thank you for the help that I'm very much grateful for.

If I install Windows XP mode from this link: http://www.microsoft.com/windows/virtual-pc/download.aspx
what would happen? Will I lose my Windows 7 Pro 64-bit and it feel and outlook?

Lobo, what are the other options that you would suggest?

Leew how do I make certain that on my Win7 Pro, I have hardware virtualization supported by the CPU/BIOS and enabled. How do I check this?

Koolin, are you certain about this part

"Now Step 3 and the part Microsoft makes confusing by having all the Windows XP mode stuff, you want the "Download/install this second: Windows Virtual PC"  that is the virtual PC application, you don't need the Windows XP mode stuff if you don't plan on running that image of theirs, and you can skip the other parts of Step 3.

Once you download and install the "Download/install this second: Windows Virtual PC", you can create virtual machines to your hearts content."

I've installed Windows6.1-KB958559-x64 but I don't see any Virtual PC and how do I create my virtual machines. In my All Programs - I see"Windows Virtual PC. When I click on that, a Windows Explorer sort of a window opens up. How do I work this please?
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lobo797Commented:
When the Windows Explorer window opens there is a menu item right above the open area called 'create new Virtual PC'.  What happens when you click the link?
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ben1211Author Commented:
Hi Lobo, a window opens up a window where I need to give a name for my virtual machine. I'll try it. I'm wondering if it would be possible to point it to some of my virtual machines that I created previously, on an external hard drive.
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ben1211Author Commented:
leew, what happens if I install the Windows XP Mode? Will I get an XP feel of my laptop or is it a virtual machine?
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
XP Mode is a virtual machine.  You can directly install software to it.  Windows 7 can add that software to your Windows 7 start menu and when you need to run it, it runs the virtual machine but "hides" it so you only see the app and the app appears to be running on Windows 7.

See the attached image.
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lobo797Commented:
If you are able to get to the point of the install asking for a VPC name, that is telling you that your virtualization is enabled.

As far as other options, if you are getting Virtual PC to work, I'd leave good enough alone.

Pointing to previous installs should be possible unless this install is a newer version than that of the previous installs.
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brandongohwhCommented:
All your questions answered:
-> Using 64-bit Virtual PC, you can use both 32-bit & 64-bit programs.
-> Install Windows XP Mode first. Windows XP Mode is a component required for use with Windows Virtual PC. Windows XP Mode allows Windows Virtual PC to create a virtualised XP configuration within Windows 7, except that it is in a seperate window and both OS must be run simultaneously.
-> To use Windows XP Mode, Virtual PC must be installed next.
-> After installation, you can then go to "All programs > Windows Virtual PC > Windows XP Mode" to begin the creation of XP OS.
*Note: Your computer BIOS must be configured to allow Hardware Virtualization. To see how you can turn on HAV, the support is at http://www.microsoft.com/windows/virtual-pc/support/configure-bios.aspx
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Iain MacMillanIT Regional Manager - UKCommented:
Also note that Hardware Virtualisation is no longer required, they have released an Update to XP mode that allows any Win 7 Pro/Ult or Ent version to run it.  Its shown on the XP mode webpage, it's the 3rd download choice.

personally i prefer using VMware Workstation (need license) or VMware server (free).  Alternative is also using Sun's VirtualBox, which works well under 7, and less bloat than Virtual PC.

http://www.filehippo.com/download_virtualbox/
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