Using Vista RTM with Virtual PC or Virtual Server

Well, at last we’ve come to this.  It’s been almost a year since my first post to this blog, and look how far we’ve come!  Windows Vista has RTM’d and is now available to Volume Licensing customers and to MSDN and Technet subscribers.  Looks like I’m going to have to change my blog’s tagline! So,…


Virtual PC 2007 public beta is now available!

As of this morning, a beta version of VPC2007 is now available to the public.  Head on over to Microsoft Connect and pick up a copy (look for available connections – the VPC beta program should be listed). What does VPC 2007 give you? Well, for one, it adds Vista as a supported host *and*…


Using Windows Vista RC2 under Virtual PC and Virtual Server

I’m happy to announce that nothing has changed, folks.  The VM Additions that ship with Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP1 Beta 2 (… was there a “niner” in there?  Am I on a walkie-talkie?) still work with the “RC2” release of Windows Vista. Check out the original post here.

Using Vista RC1 under Virtual PC or Virtual Server

Not a whole lot has changed in the Virtual world when it comes to running Vista.  Virtual PC still can’t read ISO images over 2.2GB, so you’ll still need to mount the image on the host PC, or burn it to a disc and use pass through to get the disc inside the VM. The…


Getting the new VM Additions for non-Connect members

I saw that someone over on ActiveWin posted a concern that CTP users weren’t able to get the new Additions that we’ve posted over on Connect. The truth is, anyone can get the new Additions, even if you aren’t currently a member of Connect.  To get them, follow these steps: Go to, and sign…


New VMAdditions build available!

The title pretty much says it all – we’ve released updated VM Additions that are compatible with the July EDW build of Windows Vista that was released recently (it’s build 5472.5, for those of you keeping score at home).  As an added bonus, these Additions also work with Beta 2, and the June EDW build….


Good News Everyone: VPC and licensing goodness ensue!

We’ve got some great news for you today, guys and gals. Robert McLaws recently made a post on LonghornBlogs asking us to be a little bit more transparent with out plans for Virtual PC.  Ask and ye shall receive, Robert 🙂 As of today, Microsoft has announced that Virtual PC will be availble as a…


Trying a new comment policy

I’m going to try something new (well, new to me, anyway… Raymond Chen has been doing this for a while) with respect to comments. Instead of just responding to a comment with another comment, I’m going to edit the comment by adding my response to it.  I will *not* edit the comment other than that…


Vista Beta 2 and Sysprep: Hey, what the heck happened to the VM Additions?

If anyone has tried syspreping Windows Vista Beta 2 inside a VM, you may have noticed that the VM Additions are still installed but not functional afterwards (this only happens if you use the /generalize switch).  This is because of the way that the new Sysprep Generalization phase works.  The idea here is that the…


FINALLY: Virtual Machine Additions for Beta 2 are available

We’ve finally released the Microsoft Virtual Machine Additions for Windows Vista Beta 2!  You can download the additions here: Log into the site, and sign up for the Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP1 Beta if you’re not already in it.  In the downloads section, you’ll see the Additions for Beta 2. To install them…