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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: Networking in Windows Virtual PC

    This article will briefly explain how Networking works and the configuration options for Networking in Windows® Virtual PC (WVPC). The Virtual PC host application emulates Intel DEC 21140A network cards. Each Virtual Machine (VM) can have up to four such emulated network cards. The ‘Create Virtual Machine...
  • Blog Post: USB Architecture in Windows Virtual PC

    Some old legacy devices may not have driver support for newer operating systems (Windows® Vista and beyond). Windows® Virtual PC (WVPC) makes it possible to use these devices in Windows® 7, using Windows® XP Mode. Users can, at the same time, utilize the benefits of newer and secure features of Windows...
  • 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: Networking and Using Windows XP Mode

    First Time Use of Windows XP Mode Windows® XP Mode is a Virtual Machine (VM) created by Windows Virtual PC on Windows 7 host. Just as with any new PC you acquire, you would want to connect it to the network, maintain it securely, connect and use USB devices such as printers, storage devices and smartcards...
  • 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: Three Modes of Windows XP Mode

    Enhanced Mode and Basic Mode Windows® XP Mode provides seamless integration of the VM (guest) with the Windows 7 host desktop, by means of Integration Components (ICs). ICs are a set of binaries which run inside the VM and communicate directly with the host OS. They enable Integration Features like clipboard...
  • 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...
  • Blog Post: Windows Virtual PC and Windows XP Mode no longer require HAV processors

    The Virtual PC team is thrilled to announce the availability of KB977206 which allows our customers to use Windows Virtual PC and Windows XP Mode on non-HAV (Hardware-Assisted Virtualization) machines.  Windows XP Mode continues to use hardware virtualization such as Intel Virtualization Technology...
  • Blog Post: Windows Virtual PC

    Windows® Virtual PC (WVPC) is a client virtualization software, which can be used on Windows 7 to create multiple Virtual Machines (VMs), each running a different operating system (OS). WVPC can be obtained as a free download from Windows Virtual PC website . WVPC is the engine which supports Windows...