How to (1) automatically launch a VM and (2) not have minimized on the taskbar - Windows 7

Posted on 2010-11-09
Last Modified: 2012-05-10
Hello all,

We are migrating our Windows Virtual Server 2005 R2 setup into Hyper-V using the same hardware. There is one particular VM that MUST be on-line at all times and therefore we have it setup on a W7 Desktop.

We want this VM to be loaded when the machines boots (if it get re-started by any reason) not being a deal breaker having to login for it, and most importantly we wonder if there is way not to see it minimized to avoid potential accidents (like closing it).

Are those 2 wishes possible using Virtual Machines in W7 Ultimate?

Thanks in advanced.
Question by:phermi
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What virtualization platform are you using on Windows 7? VMware Workstation 7.x or something else?

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W7 Virtual PC out-of-the-box
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Take a look at for how to automatically start a vm in Virtual PC. It involves creating a shortcut and putting it in the startup folder. I expect you could set the shortcut properties to start minimized - but I haven't tried it. Let me know how you come out.

Good Luck
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So, there is no way not to "see" the VM windows minimized while runing?
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You could maybe try running it as a service

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cn you provide steps to do that?
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bgoering earned 500 total points
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There are a couple of options to install an application as a service. You can get SrvAny from the Windows 2003 resource kit (, or possibly a slightly easier to use nssm (

Look at the doc that comes with them. It is not all that much different than setting up the shortcut. Be sure to leave the option to Interact with desktop disabled, otherwise the user will be able to interact with the vm.

To be honest though - perhaps your best bet would be Virtual Server or the free VMware server for this purpose.

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