Windows Virtual PC is Microsoft latest virtualization software that is designed specifically for Windows 7 so Windows XP Mode applications can be seen and accessed from Windows 7.

If you are not familiar with Windows XP Mode, it is a new benefit of Windows 7 Professional and Windows 7 Ultimate, which provides additional application compatibility. It is basically a must for anyone facing application compatibility problems because it allows you to install and run many of your productivity applications for Windows XP directly from your Windows 7-based PC. It uses virtualization technology, such as Windows Virtual PC, to provide a virtual Windows XP environment for Windows 7. However, to use this feature, your CPU must support hardware virtualization

Note: Windows XP Mode is only available on the following editions of Windows 7: Windows 7 Enterprise, Windows 7 Professional, and Windows 7 Ultimate.

Hardware Requirements

To run Windows Virtual PC, your computer must meet a set of minimum requirements:

  • Hardware Virtualization Technology enabled
  • 1 GHz 32-bit / 64-bit processor required
  • 2GB memory or higher recommended
  • Recommended 15 GB hard disk space per virtual Windows environment

Host Operating Systems

Windows Virtual PC supports the following host operating systems:

  • Windows 7 Home Basic
  • Windows 7 Home Premium
  • Windows 7 Enterprise
  • Windows 7 Professional
  • Windows 7 Ultimate

Guest Operating Systems

Windows Virtual PC supports the following guest operating systems:

  • Windows 7 (Windows 7 Enterprise and Windows 7 Ultimate support virtual applications)
  • Windows Vista (Windows Vista Enterprise and Ultimate editions support virtual applications)
  • Windows XP (Windows XP SP3 supports virtual applications)

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