Virtual PC 2007 Now Available for Download

Microsoft announced Wednesday that Virtual PC beta 2007 is now available for download from connect.microsoft.com, it is free and is optimized to run Windows Vista as both host and guest in the Virtual PC environment. They said it has improved performance and support for hardware virtualization technologies from Intel and AMD. If you were afraid to try out Windows Vista, because it’s a beta and you don’t want to trash your machine, then this is the perfect opportunity to give it a test drive. Running Windows Vista in a virtual environment leaves your PC exactly the way it was, it just allows you to run another operating system inside of it, a window in a window, so to speak.

  • 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 – just Aero Basic
  • Support for 64-bit host operating systems Note: Virtual machines are 32-bit only
  • Improved performance

There are also a plethora of bug fixes. Some notable ones include:

  • Lots of work to allow Virtual PC to play better with laptop power management
  • Fix for IntelPPM issue (http://blogs.msdn.com/virtual_pc_guy/archive/2005/10/24/484461.aspx)
  • Virtual PC now supports greater than 2.2GB ISO images

Source: Virtual PC Guy’s WebLog

You can also run Virtual PC 2007 under Windows Vista and run Windows XP or an older operating system inside of it, if you have that one program that won’t run under Windows Vista or has a problem. They posted instructions on how to install Windows Vista or Windows XP in a virtual machine here. They did note that you should not judge Windows Vista on how it runs in Virtual PC,

Note: VPC is a great way to experiment with some of the functionality of Windows Vista. But it should not be used to judge the full experience of Windows Vista as some features virtualize better than others. For example, performance of any operating system will typically not be as high in a virtual environment as it would be when running natively. Also note that while you can try out many of the great new features such as user account control, integrated search, the sidebar etc. virtualization technology is not yet suitable for use with 3D graphics so Aero Glass is not available and save the DirectX 10 gaming to your physical PC.

I’m downloading it now, see how it compares to VMWare, whenever I get time….