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Windows XP Mode in Windows 7 and Virtual PC - Part 2: Create Virtual Machines

Part 2 of Windows XP Mode in Windows 7 and Virtual PC, describes how to create the virtual machines in Windows Virtual PC and Windows 7. This article outlines the two options you have in order to setup Windows XP Mode on Windows 7.


 

 

 

  1. Part 1: Maintaining Application Compatibility
  2. Part 2: Create Virtual Machines
  3. Part 3: Use virtual machine application on Windows 7

 

Option 1: Set up Windows XP Mode

To use Windows XP as the guest operating system (OS), use the Virtual Windows XP downloadable package. Using this package, automatically creates a virtual machine with a version of Windows XP installed on the virtual hard disk. This option is much faster than creating your own virtual machine and you won’t have to obtain the installation CD/DVD. Simply download the package that applies to your version of the OS (either 32-bit or 64-bit).

You can download the package for Virtual Windows XP from the Windows Virtual PC product page http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=148103.

To set up Windows XP mode

  1. Double-click VirtualWindowsXP.msi
  2. The Virtual Windows XP wizard opens. Click through the wizard pages until setup is complete.
  3. After the virtual machine starts for the first time, you must accept the license agreement. Click Next to continue.
  4. Create a password for the “User” account. This account is required and has administrator permissions – it is created automatically by the wizard.
  5. Choose whether to configure Virtual Windows XP for automatic updates. Click Next.
  6. After Windows Virtual PC configures Virtual Windows XP, the virtual machine is ready to be used in the set of scenarios outlined in Part 3 of this article.

Option 2: Create your own virtual machine

If you want to use an operating system other than Windows XP, choose this option. This option shows you how to create and install the guest operating in the virtual machine.

Use the Create a Virtual Machine wizard to create the virtual machine. Here the wizard will walk you through the basic settings for your virtual machine and how you want to use it. For example, amount of memory which should be devoted to the guest OS.

If you want to use a physical CD or DVD, simply insert it in the drive after you create the virtual machine, alternatively you can also attach an ISO CD/DVD image.

Ensure that you install the integration components after you install the operating system (only if your guest operating system is supported by Windows Virtual PC.

To create your own virtual machine

  1. Open the Virtual Machines folder. From the Start menu, click Virtual Machines. If the menu item is not visible, click All Programs, click Windows Virtual PC, and then click Virtual Machines.
  2. The Virtual Machines folder opens in Windows Explorer. From the menu bar, click Create virtual machine.
  3. The Create a Virtual Machine wizard opens. Proceed through the pages of the wizard, choosing the options that are appropriate for the way you will install the guest operating system.
  4. After the wizard finishes, the virtual machine appears in the file list in the Virtual Machine folder.
  5. Install the guest operating system. To use a network-based installation server, skip to the next step. To use a CD or DVD, insert it into the drive and then skip to the next step. To use an .iso file, do the following:
    1. Right-click the virtual machine in the file list, and then click Settings.
    2. In the left pane, click DVD Drive. In the right pane, choose Open an ISO image. Click OK.
  6. Start the virtual machine. In the file list, select the virtual machine and click Open. Windows Virtual PC opens and displays the video output of the virtual machine. The virtual machine searches for bootable media. Setup begins after bootable media is found.
  7. After the installation is complete, install integration components. From the Tools menu of the virtual machine window, click Install Integration Components. If the installation does not start after a few seconds, click the desktop of the virtual machine and then open the CD drive of the virtual machine. Double-click the IntegrationComponents.msi file.
  8. Proceed through the pages of the wizard to install the integration components.
  9. Restart the virtual machine. From the Action menu of the virtual machine window, click Restart.

Continue to Windows XP Mode in Windows 7 and Virtual PC – Part 3: Use virtual machine application on Windows 7

Part 3 of Windows XP Mode in Windows 7 and Virtual PC, describes three scenarios on how to use Windows XP Mode in Windows 7. We explore how to use a virtual machine application in Windows 7, how to USB device in a virtual machine and how to print from a virtual machine.

 

  1. Part 1: Maintaining Application Compatibility
  2. Part 2: Create Virtual Machines
  3. Part 3: Use virtual machine application on Windows 7

 

 

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