Monday, November 5, 2007

Additional Content added to VPC 2007 TechRef

I've finally gotten some additional content added to the VPC2007 Tech Ref.  I've added some tips and additional OS installation guides.  Hopefully, the guide will continue to swell with content!!

Posted by Steve at 15:26 | VirtualPC | Comments (13) | Link

Monday, August 6, 2007

VPC 2007 Console disappears

I know this has happened before, since there was at least one post in the MS Virtual PC newsgroup and now its happened to me.

When you start VPC, the VPC list or console shows up in the taskbar but not on the screen.  Somehow the console location in the options.xml file gets some really funky numbers.  Mine were somewhere in the 4million range.  Changing these numbers back to 10 and 10 restores the VPC list back to your screen.

These folders and files are hidden, so you will need to go into the Tools-->Folder Options of Windows Explorer/My Computer and show hidden files/folders in order to make these changes

In Vista, the options files is located here:

C:\Users\%current_user%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Virtual PC

Find the console section and change the left and top positions to 10 each...

   <height type="integer">256</height>
   <left_position type="integer">10</left_position>
   <top_position type="integer">10</top_position>
   <visible type="boolean">true</visible>
   <width type="integer">367</width>

In XP, the options.xml file is located in C:\Documents and Settings\%current_user%\Application Data\Microsoft\Virtual PC

%current_user% would be the user name that's currently logged in, i.e. if you're logged in with the Administrator account, your path would be C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Application Data\Microsoft\Virtual PC

Posted by Steve at 01:30 | VirtualPC | Comments (25) | Link

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

VPC2007 + Vista: New location for VPC List Shortcuts

When I build a new system or upgrade an OS, I usually keep my file structure the same and as such, the shortcuts for my VMs stay the same.  Since I usually have around 30-40 VMs installed in VPC, it's a pain to manually add them via the wizard or simply double-clicking the short-cuts and launching them.

In XP, Virtual PC stores the short-cuts it uses to populate the VPC List in

X:\Documents and Settings\%username%\Application Data\Microsoft\Virtual PC\Virtual Machines

In Vista, this location has changed to:

X:\Users\%username%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Virtual PC\Virtual Machines

It took me a while to figure out where the new location was...actually, I create a temporary VM with a unique name and searched for it.  Once I found it and copied my shortcuts over, my VPC 2007 list is just as fully populated as it was last night before I upgraded my main system to Vista Ultimate x64.

Posted by Steve at 02:37 | VirtualPC | Comments (19) | Link

Thursday, January 11, 2007

VPC2007 Tech Ref version 0.1 now available

It's finally live.  I started on this in October and just haven't been able to spend much time on it.  It's got some basic info and detailed instructions on installing Windows 98 in VPC.  This seems to be one of the most asked questions in the microsoft.public.virtualpc newsgroup.  Now I can link to here:

Posted by Steve at 03:48 | VirtualPC | Comments (7) | Link

Tuesday, December 5, 2006

VPC2007, Intel VT, and M400

Toshiba has released a new bios update (for Vista) that resolves the VT problems when trying to run a VM in VPC 2007 with VT enabled.

Bios version 3.1



Posted by Steve at 15:14 | VirtualPC | Comments (13) | Link

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Virtual PC 2007 Beta is now available!

If you're at my site, you probably already know this, but just in case, Virtual PC 2007 beta started yesterday and its free at


Posted by Steve at 17:55 | VirtualPC | Comments (17) | Link

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Vista RC1 (v5728-16387) in VPC

Installed it yesterday without any problems.  Of course, you can't install directly from the ISO, since it's over the 2.2GB limit that VPC has.  I used Alcohol 120%'s virtual drive and mounted it there, then captured this virtual drive in my virtual machine as a physical drive!

Installed in about 2 hours.  Unfortunately, the Vista Beta2 VM Additions don't seem to add much functionality.  Not too surprising since the VM Additions hook into the OS.


Posted by Steve at 03:18 | VirtualPC | Comments (17) | Link

Saturday, September 23, 2006

Can I use my Windows XP from VPC-Mac on my new Intel Mac?

The short answer, NO.

Why?  There are both technical and licensing reasons.

First, the version of XP included with VPC-Mac is an OEM version, which means that it is licensed only for the "hardware" is was sold with.  In this case, the hardware is Virtual PC.  Almost all PC vendors include OEM versions of XP with their computers because it is cheaper than the retail version. 

Second, the XP included with VPC is crippled to prevent it from being installed on anything other than VPC.  Most PC vendors do this to their OEM XP too, by looking for a particular BIOS or other unique signature of their hardware.  In the case of VPC, XP is crippled by  the removal the files necessary to start and complete an installation.  XP with VPC-Mac is preinstalled and there are missing files that prevent you from doing an installation on any computer, Intel Mac or a regular PC.

The inclusion of the OEM version of XP with the VPC-Mac bundle is the main reason it is cheaper to buy VPC-Mac with XP than the VPC only product and a retail version of XP.  In fact, when you buy VPC-Mac with XP it's nearly the same price as the retail XP alone. VPC-Mac with XP runs in the $200-250 range when purchased new, VPC without an OS runs around $120. 

The retail version of XP runs from $190 up.

Posted by Steve at 14:45 | VirtualPC-Mac | Comments (30) | Link

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