Virtual PC 2007 is out!

Virtual PC 2007 is out!

Summary: Microsoft has made Virtual PC 2007 available for free download.

TOPICS: Windows

Check out the Virtual PC 2007 gallery.

Microsoft has just made Virtual PC 2007 available for free download (no validation required).  It's available in 32-bit and 64-bit versions.

The following operating systems are supported as both host and guests:

  • Windows Vista Business
  • Windows Vista Enterprise
  • Windows Vista Ultimate
  • Windows Server 2003
  • Standard Edition
  • Windows Server 2003
  • Standard x64 Edition
  • Windows XP Professional
  • Windows XP Professional x64 Edition
  • Windows XP Tablet PC Edition

I'm going to have a play with this for a while and I'll let you know what I think.

Topic: Windows

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  • I'm noticing Home editions are not supported

    though I assume it'll work as a guest OS. But this can make a difference for home users who want to try a trial version of Vista (or any future releases) without destroying their systems.
    Michael Kelly
    • They're not supported ...

      ... because virtualization of these versions is prohibited in the EULA. I've not tried it yet (not on the final release anyway) but I'm sure that technically it'll work just fine. Guess running these versions as a 30/120 day trial wouldn't hurt anyone.
      Adrian Kingsley-Hughes
      • Which EULA?

        Vista's or VPC's? And as a guest or host?

        If you can't run the home Vistas as guests then there will be a lot of developers who use virtualization as a means to test their programs in different environments who will be up in arms.
        Michael Kelly
        • Please check out


          the Vista and MSDN section
          • Good point ...

            ... I think (I'd need to double check) that TechNet EULA allows virtualization too.
            Adrian Kingsley-Hughes
          • So in other words

            you need to be an MSDN subscriber.

            Well, it's a solution... It's just something you need to be aware of before you waste your money buying a copy elsewhere.
            Michael Kelly
          • Unless ...

            ... you intall it without a product key and extend the grace up to 120 days and call it a trial.
            Adrian Kingsley-Hughes
          • And then create a new virtual machine every 4 months

            That's another solution too, but I like to keep in line with both the spirit and the letter of the law.

            The MSDN solution is certainly a palatable solution, but like I said you need to be aware of its existence.
            Michael Kelly
          • MS developers who don't know about MSDN...

            shouldn't call themselves MS developers!

            Seriously, your scenario dealt with a developer serious enough to test their app with multiple versions of Vista. Chances are great that the developer wouldn't be buying multiple consumer versions of Vista to perform their testing so they would [b]already[/b] have an MSDN subscription.
          • It's not a matter of knowing about it

            It's a matter of whether or not you choose pay for a subscription. There are other sources of information.
            Michael Kelly
          • Choosing to pay for subscription?

            As I pointed out before, any developer that is serious enough to test their products on multiple Windows OSs would be a fool to buy consumer versions of all the Windows OSs they are going to test their product on. Since the MSDN versions of those OSs do allow for virtualization, you are highlighting a problem that simply doesn't exist. Developers that care enough to test on multiple Windows OSs WILL know about MSDN and WILL pay for a subscription because no other option is anywhere near as cost effective.

            You know who I feel sorry for? The poor OSX developer who has to test their code on previous versions of OSX. Without the ability to virtualize OSX, they have to buy a whole Mac for every single version they want to test! OUCH!!!
          • Re: Choosing to pay for subscription?

            [i]You know who I feel sorry for? The poor OSX developer who has to test their code on previous versions of OSX. Without the ability to virtualize OSX, they have to buy a whole Mac for every single version they want to test! OUCH!!![/i]

            They DO have that ability. Remember older versions were for the PowerPC, and there are plenty of virtualization and emulation products for the PPC. It's only the Mactels that would have that problem.
            Michael Kelly
          • Excellent news!

            So where can I buy these PPC Macs with a warranty?

            Thanks in advance.
          • Re: Excellent news!


            Also you can purchase a warranty for any Mac you buy from for anywhere from $130 to $250 (which is in line for what you'd pay for the same thing on a PC):

            Michael Kelly
          • Good deal!

            I'd better buy some quick because once their warehouses are out of 2 year old Macs, so is the ability to virtualize OSX!!

            Isn't it great that a company basically admits that their 2 year old hardware offers more functionality than their new hardware? Yup, sounds like a company I would want to standardize my development platform on! Only in the Apple world is hardware actually getting [b]less[/b] capable and only in the Apple world will the zealots declare that this is a good thing. :)
          • Don't worry

            I bought an Apple II on eBay just last year for only $25. It still works as well now as it did 25+ years ago. The machines will be available for those who want or need them.
            Michael Kelly
          • I'm not worried

            I have no interest in buying an Apple II. When I want to play Taipan, I'll fire up my Apple II emulator. Hmm, funny how Apple's 25 year old hardware offers more functionality than their brand new stuff!!! This is getting funnier all the time!
  • How much does OSX virtualization cost?

    Oh, you can't virtualize OSX because that might reduce Apple's price gouging? Pity.

    Well, we keep hearing about how all the new releases of OSX keep adding more and more functionality while MS Service Packs don't release anything new so that must mean that Apple has also released a free virtualization tool in one of its $129 upgrades, right? What? I have to pay for Parallels? Oh, but Virtual PC doesn't actually count because it is available on and not in a $129 service pack!

    Uh huh, give me Microsoft's model any day. A stable OS platform with the free tools where they belong: on a free download site. That is far better than Apple's scheme where you have to update your whole OS for $129 every time Apple updates its calculator!
    • Free VPC2007

      ... while BootCamp will have to be paid for (unless users buy Leopard) ... yeah, Microsoft gets this right.
      Adrian Kingsley-Hughes
      • Bootcamp isn't virtualization

        The fact that you have to pay Apple for the privilege of dual booting a Mac is even more ludicrous than having to pay for virtualization!

        It's amazing how much stuff Apple forces its customers to endure and then have those customers defend it, not for technical reasons, but for reasons that have everything to do with allowing Apple to continue gouging those very same customers! Ask a Mac zealot about the TPM DRM chip in their Mac and you will see what I mean.