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 a user who is using windows xp computer got one application which runs only on windows 7
user doesn't want to swtich from xp to windows 7 . is it possible to make virtual windows 7 using virtual pc on window xp computer
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PowerEdgeTechIT ConsultantCommented:
Yes, but you need virtualization software, like VMWare or VirtualBox, and you need a valid/unused Retail license for Windoww 7.  It will be very helpful if the PC it will be running on has hardware-assisted virtualization ENABLED in the BIOS for the processor.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Yes, you could use Microsoft Virtual PC or one of many free Virtualisation Products.

VMware Player 4.0 Free Download
http://downloads.vmware.com/d/info/desktop_end_user_computing/vmware_player/4_0

VMware Workstation 8.0 (60 day trial, $199)
http://downloads.vmware.com/d/info/desktop_end_user_computing/vmware_workstation/8_0

Oracle Virtualbox 4.0
http://www.virtualbox.org/

Parallels Desktop 4 for Windows
http://www.parallels.com/uk/products/desktop/pd4wl/
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Run5kCommented:
Personally, my first choice would be to recommend to the customer that it really might be time to upgrade.  Windows XP has been terrific, but it's also over ten years old now!  The support for the OS from Microsoft themselves is disappearing, and drivers will also be much harder to find.  Last but not least, in today's IT environment it's safe to say that Windows 7 is much more secure than WinXP.

All that being said, if the customer remains adamant about their stance it is definitely possible.  There are a few options available, but the easiest may be to simply install Microsoft Virtual PC 2007.  It's free, and I have used in the past to configure Windows 7 virtual machines.
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PowerEdgeTechIT ConsultantCommented:
Virtual PC is another virtualization software that should work fine.
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
Keep in mind, doing this will likely perform poorly.  Unless they are using XP 64 bit (FEW people are).  Win7 like RAM.  And XP, even if you max out the machine, with the 32 bit edition will hold you back to probably 3.25 GB (not so much XP holding you back as it is 32 bit technology).  Which means that you then need to assign MORE THAN HALF to Win7 to get it to run well... You're much better off moving to Win7 outright and running XP in a VM.
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techpAuthor Commented:

 hello Run5k:

 so i can install virtual pc 2007 on computer running xp and install windows 7 inside virtual pc 2007 ?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Yes, provided you have enough resources CPU, Memory, and hardware virtualisation support.
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Run5kCommented:
I will definitely defer to Hanccocka as the EE community's very best virtualization guru!  As you might imagine, his last comment and Leew's advice are exactly right:  if the computer is old enough to originally come installed with Windows XP, the processor and RAM may get bogged down my running a VM.  Just something to consider.
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techpAuthor Commented:

  hello run5k ,

  here it is not a matter processor and ram , it is good computer and it keeps xp only because user doesnt want to see new things . so i understood here that it is possible to run win7 virtually on xp computer
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Yes, it is possible to run Windows 7 in a virtual machine on a Windows XP machine, using Virtual PC 2007.
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Run5kCommented:
As Hanccocka and I have both said, it definitely is possible.  I just wanted to pass along a warning that it may run a bit slow.

I can certainly understand the end-user's preference to avoid "new things," but this is a case where Windows XP's longevity might be rather detrimental.  After more than a decade in the market place, some people have become very set in their ways.  Once again, with WinXP security patches disappearing as well as a decline in application and driver support, an upgrade will need to happen relatively soon and this situation sounds like an ideal opportunity to do so.  Just my 2¢-worth.
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PowerEdgeTechIT ConsultantCommented:
And my two cents will echo what they have said ... new PC's no longer ship with XP, and more and more hardware is NOT compatible with XP.  Soon, he will have to switch or start buying older and older used PC's.

Your user could run XP in XP Mode just like he does his existing XP and probably not even know he wasn't running it directly on his PC.

Just because that is the way we would go doesn't mean that's the way you have to go ... like they said, you can do it in reverse, at a performance cost.
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