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  • Blog Post: Various File Types for Virtual Machine Backup in Windows Virtual PC

    File Types Following are the various file types registered on a user’s machine when Windows® Virtual PC is installed: File extension Description Should back up? .VMC (Virtual Machine Configuration) Contains Virtual Machine (VM) configuration like RAM, hard disk, network settings and undo disk settings...
  • Blog Post: Publishing Virtual Applications in Windows Virtual PC

    Windows® Virtual PC (WVPC) provides a feature called virtual applications, using which you can access applications running in a Virtual Machine (VM) seamlessly from Windows® 7 host Start menu. These applications get added to the host start menu automatically upon installing inside the VM using a feature...
  • Blog Post: Using Smart Cards in Windows Virtual PC

    Smart cards are routinely used in many organizations for login, digital signing, encrypting data or even accessing some applications. A key reason why you may need to use a smartcard reader in a Virtual Machine (VM) on Windows® 7 is application compatibility. For example, if you have a web-based application...
  • Blog Post: Tip: How do I Shut Down a Virtual Machine?

    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: Use Windows functionality...
  • Blog Post: Tip: Using the keyboard to access useful functionality in Windows Virtual PC

    When you use a Virtual Machine (VM) created using Windows ® Virtual PC (WVPC), following keyboard shortcuts would be very useful to make life simple without using the mouse: Press this key To do this CTRL+ALT+Left Arrow Release the mouse from the virtual machine’s (VM) window (required only when the...
  • Blog Post: Folder Sharing between Windows 7 and VM

    Virtual PC 2007® SP1 allowed users to share a particular folder with the Virtual Machine (VM). In Windows® Virtual PC, users can enable sharing at drive level only. Sharing a Folder on Windows 7 Desktop with a VM To share a particular folder with the VM, follow steps as below Shutdown or Hibernate the...
  • Blog Post: Virtual Hard Disks (VHDs) in Windows Virtual PC

    What are VHDs? Virtual Hard Disks (abbreviated to VHDs) are files on the physical machine that store the hard disk contents of a Virtual Machine (VM). Each VHD file is treated as a separate hard disk by Windows® Virtual PC (WVPC). The Virtual Hard Disk file format is an open standard. For the curious...
  • Blog Post: Use ClearType® to ‘clearly see’ how to make more money

    ClearType delivers improved font display quality over traditional forms of font smoothing or anti-aliasing. ClearType improves readability on color LCD displays with a digital interface, such as those in laptops and high-quality flat panel displays. Readability on CRT screens can also be somewhat improved...
  • Blog Post: Using Scripting API for Advanced Operations in Windows Virtual PC

    Windows ® Virtual PC (WVPC) brings for the first time scriptable API to a Microsoft client virtualization product. These APIs are a very powerful tool in the hands of power users and administrator to do some very cool things and achieve functionality which is not obvious or possible from the normal user...