There are times when you may want to shut down a Windows® operating system on a Virtual Machine (VM) created using Windows Virtual PC (WVPC). In Windows® XP Mode, by default, the VM gets hibernated upon closing the VM’s window. There are various ways to shut down Windows on the VM:
1. On the VM Windows’s toolbar, click Ctrl+Alt+Del menu item. Alternatively, you can also press the Ctrl+Alt+End key combination on your keyboard.
2. This opens the Windows Security window inside the VM. Click on the Shut Down button.
3. On the new window, choose the Shut Down option from the drop down.
1. On the VM Windows’s toolbar, click Tools menu item, and click Settings in the drop down menu.
2. This opens the VM’s settings window. On the left navigation pane, click on “Close” option.
3. Choose the “Prompt for action” option, and then click “OK”. Whenever you close the VM’s window, you will be prompted to choose which action to take. You can choose to shut down the virtual machine.
4. Alternatively, If you want to shut down the VM each time you close the VM’s window, then choose the Shut Down option from the drop down menu under the “Automatically close with following action:" option. If you select this option, the VM will shut down each time you close the VM’s window.
Note: This is not a recommended option as it would result in the VM having to boot up from a shutdown stage whenever you launch the VM, or any virtual application for this VM. This significantly increases start up time for the VM or the virtual application.
Microsoft Virtualization Team