Installing Windows Virtual PC on Windows 7 Home Editions

tweetmeme_url = ‘’; For a while now I have been seeing random people complaining about the fact that they cannot install Windows Virtual PC on Windows 7 Home Editions (Basic or Premium).  This always struck me as odd – as I was sure that this was a supported configuration – but I did not reply… Read more

Running Virtual PC 2007 on Windows 7

Attention: In this blog post I am discussing a configuration that is possible, but not officially supported by Microsoft at this point in time.  Feel free to use this – but understand that you are in an unsupported configuration. There is a fair amount of confusion out there about this – so I would like… Read more

Changing Ubuntu Screen Resolution in a Hyper-V VM

If you install Ubuntu 14.04 inside a Hyper-V virtual machine – you automatically get all the integration components and virtualized drivers.  Including the Hyper-V video driver.  However, if you try to change the screen resolution inside your virtual machine you will notice something odd: There is only one choice! Luckily, you can change the screen… Read more

Virtual PC 2007 Beta now available!

Good news – the Virtual PC 2007 Beta is now available.  You can sign up for it here: Major changes include: Support for hardware virtualization (Intel and AMD) Support for Windows Vista as a host operating system Support for Windows Vista as a guest operating system Note: No support for Aero Glass though –… Read more

Installing Windows 98 on Windows Virtual PC

Windows Virtual PC only officially supports Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7 as guest operating systems.  Thankfully it has great compatibility and can run many operating systems that are not officially supported. I recently needed to setup a Windows 98 virtual machine for my wife – who has some genealogy software that will not… Read more

Windows 7 RC + Windows Virtual PC Beta now available

In case you did not see the announcements yesterday – you can now get your hands on the Windows 7 RC (release candidate) build for testing.  You can also download the beta of Windows Virtual PC, and the beta for Windows XP Mode. Also, there is this handy article to help you to figure out… Read more

Problems with Intelppm.sys and processr.sys under Virtual PC / Virtual Server

Under certain circumstances with a Windows XP / 2003 operating system – intelppm.sys and processr.sys can cause a virtual machine running under Virtual PC / Virtual Server to crash (by default this will cause the Windows guest operating system to reboot automatically – but if you have changed this setting you will see a blue… Read more

Installing Ubuntu Server 10.10 on Hyper-V

// Now that the Hyper-V integration services are included in the official Linux builds – I wanted to try out a Linux distribution that is not officially supported by Microsoft and see what was involved in getting it all working.  With the recent release of Ubuntu 10.10 I thought I would try out their server… Read more

Time Synchronization in Hyper-V

// There is a lot of confusion about how time synchronization works in Hyper-V – so I wanted to take the time to sit down and write up all the details.  There are actually multiple problems that exist around keeping time inside of virtual machines – and Hyper-V tackles these problems in different ways. Problem… Read more

Configuring wide screen resolutions in a Hyper-V virtual machine

I recently had to do some demonstrations on my laptop – which has a 1366 x 768 display.  This made it hard to use Hyper-V virtual machines, which default to 1024 x 768 and only allow you to configure 4 x 3 resolutions. Luckily, it is actually possible to setup a Hyper-V virtual machine with… Read more