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Can I install/run Windows Virtual PC on Windows Server 2008 R2?

We have an old but special USB printer that we need to share to select users on our network. However, the most recent drivers for it are only up to XP SP3. Our servers are SBS 2011 and Server 2008 R2 - both virtual. The printer won't work natively in either environment. The suggestion was made to install Windows Virtual PC and then run XP-Mode. My question is this: Will that work?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Windows Virtual PC can be installed on Server 2008 R2, but you may want to look at using a more recent software product.

VMware Player 7.0 Free Download [FREE]
http://www.vmware.com/go/downloadplayer/

You cannot use VMware Player if you are a business!

VMware Workstation 11.0 (60 day trial, $199) [EVALUATION]
www.vmware.com/go/downloadworkstation

Oracle Virtualbox 4.0 [FREE]
http://www.virtualbox.org/ 

All support USB re-direction from host machine to VM.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Once you are done, the driver will be installed into a virtual machine and then users will have to access it.

I agree with Andrew that Virtual PC is old and you may wish to consider VMware Workstation (business product) because it also offers very flexible networking if you need it once the printer is installed.
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Seth SimmonsSr. Systems AdministratorCommented:
Windows Virtual PC can be installed on Server 2008 R2...

Windows 2008 R2 is not listed as a supported host OS.

Description of Windows Virtual PC
https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/958559

The suggestion was made to install Windows Virtual PC and then run XP-Mode.

XP-mode is only available for Windows 7.

Windows XP Mode
http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=8002

Our servers are SBS 2011 and Server 2008 R2 - both virtual.

if the 2008 R2 server is virtual, what is the host running?  if you had windows 7 guest with xp-mode, not sure if it will work in a virtual environment nested like that; might need a bare-metal system for this
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Bassman20122Support TechnicianAuthor Commented:
Your suggestion was right in line with what we were discovering, anyway, and confirmed our conclusions. We are going to setup a Windows 7 workstation, invoke XP-Mode, attach the printer to it, and then share the printer.
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