Vista Business on VM 2004

Discussion in 'Virtual PC' started by lrh381b2, Jan 24, 2007.

  1. lrh381b2

    lrh381b2 Guest

    The college I attend has a program for IT students to get discounted
    software. I got the Windows Vista Business Edition. Since it is an ISO image,
    can I use it in Virtual PC 2004?
    lrh381b2, Jan 24, 2007
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    Bill Grant Guest

    Yes. Create a virtual machine. When you start it the vm it will try to
    find the installation files. On the host machine, drag the iso file on to
    the cd/dvd icon at the bottom of the virtual machine display. This is
    equivalent to putting the "virtual" dvd into the "virtual" cd/dvd reader.

    Move your mouse pointer back inside the vm screen and click to transfer
    control back to the vm. Press Enter. It will install Vista from the iso
    Bill Grant, Jan 24, 2007
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    Bill Grant Guest

    Good point, Mark.

    Vista also runs better with VPC2007 than it does with 2004. You won't
    need to re-install Vista in the vm to run under 2007 when it is released.
    Bill Grant, Jan 24, 2007
  4. Wasn't their a problem with the size of the ISO for Vista with VPC2004?

    I couldn't use it as an ISO,...I had to burn it to a physical DVD first then use
    it from the physical disk.

    Phillip Windell [MCP, MVP, CCNA]

    The views expressed are my own (as annoying as they are), and not those of my
    employer or anyone else associated with me.

    Phillip Windell, Jan 24, 2007
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    Robert Comer Guest

    Wasn't their a problem with the size of the ISO for Vista with VPC2004?

    That is correct, VPC2004 couldn't read an ISO over 2.2G. (but you could
    mount that ISO in a Virtual CD app and then capture that drive for VPC.)

    Bob Comer <Microsoft MVP Windows - Virtual Machine>

    Robert Comer, Jan 24, 2007
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    Steve Jain Guest

    If the ISO was over 2.2GB VPC2004 wouldn't read it correctly.
    Steve Jain, Jan 24, 2007
  7. You won't need to re-install Vista in the vm to run under 2007 when it is
    Have you noticed that at connect the "Feedback" link is no
    longer there? What could that mean ;-)


    Kai-Uwe v. d. Ohe, Jan 25, 2007
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    Ivan Guest

    Partial message from betagroups:
    As we move closer to release date, we are planning to consolidate the feedback channels (currently available in form of beta newsgroup, email id vpc2007b (at) and the feedback link on beta site). As a result, we will be discontinuing the feedback link on VPC 2007 beta site effective immediately.
    We request and urge all beta testers to continue providing feedback via beta newsgroup and email id vpc2007b(at)
    Ivan, Jan 25, 2007
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    Bill Grant Guest

    Perhaps it means release time is "Real soon now!" (whatever that really
    Bill Grant, Jan 25, 2007
  10. It's related to "The check is in the mail."

    Colin Barnhorst, Jan 26, 2007
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    lrh381b2 Guest


    I got the Windows Vista Business Edition. Since it is an ISO image,

    I am running XP Pro on the "host" machine, I recently upgraded to 2 GB of
    PC3200 RAM. I have the ISO image burned on to a DVD, it is 2.49 GB. I
    downloaded the Virtual PC 2007 Beta. Vista business needs at least 512 MB of
    RAM right? Virtual PC says I don't have that much memory to allocate to it.
    If I give it around 128 MB of RAM, it will load files off the DVD, when it
    finishes that it says windows failed to start. it says something about a
    missing critical driver.
    lrh381b2, Feb 13, 2007
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    Victek Guest

    I installed Vista Business in VPC 2007 beta and it worked fine. I allocated
    1gb of ram to the VM. I'm guessing your installation failed because you
    couldn't allocate enough ram for it. You could try
    uninstalling/reinstalling VPC 2007 to see if that straightens it out. Don't
    forget to install the Add-ons too.
    Victek, Feb 13, 2007
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    lrh381b2 Guest

    I read another persons post about this issue. It said to delete or upgrade
    Nero inCD and it would work. I deleted inCD and now it works. I want to
    install Virtual PC add-ons but haven't figured out how do that. Does my
    virtual machine need to be running in order for that to work?
    lrh381b2, Feb 13, 2007
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    Victek Guest

    Glad to hear you got it going. If my memory serves, installing the add-ons
    is an option inside of the VPC 2007 control panel. Look at the pull-down
    menus along the top.
    Victek, Feb 13, 2007
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    Bo Berglund Guest

    With a guest running in its window, go to the Actions menu on that
    window and select the VM Additions item.

    What you do is that you install software in the guest operating system
    and therefore of course the guest must be running...

    Bo Berglund
    Bo Berglund, Feb 13, 2007
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    lrh381b2 Guest

    I got the Virtual PC additions installed. Thanks for the help. Vista is not
    recognizing my Creative X-Fi sound card or my 256MB AGP card, I can't use all
    but one screen saver and 1024x768 is "too big for my monitor" according to
    Vista. Having to scroll down to find the taskbar is annoying. I installed all
    available updates using a "shared" internet connection. Vista says I have 4MB
    of video memory. Can the host OS and the guest OS (Vista) "share" my video
    and sound card?
    lrh381b2, Feb 14, 2007
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    Jane C Guest

    No. VMs run a limited set of *emulated* hardware. Think 'virtual'
    hardware, as opposed to physical hardware. So the emulated graphics
    processor in VPC is an S3Trio, and the emulated soundcard is the
    SoundBlaster 16.

    You might try adjusting the screen resolution in your guest to better fit
    your actual monitor.
    Jane C, Feb 14, 2007
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    Victek Guest

    As was mentioned the video and sound hardware are "virtualized" and limited.
    You can't get the Aero interface and sound is iffy. I have an Audigy 2 and
    after I installed the additions my sound started working. I don't know if
    the X-Fi can be made to work, though. Regarding screen resolution, I was
    able to work around the problem by pressing <alt><enter> to put the VM into
    full screen mode. Then I could set the resolution to the full 1280x1024
    supported by my LCD. Hope this helps.
    Victek, Feb 14, 2007
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    lrh381b2 Guest

    So for me to use all the features in Vista, I would have to install it to a
    different hard drive or a partiton on my current hard drive. When the
    "testing program" for VPC 2007 is over in June, does the program just stop
    working? Since I installed the add-on pack for VPC 2007, don't I have to
    remove it to allow Vista to work in VPC 2004? Where can you get games (like
    solitare and the games that came with previous Windows OS') for Vista?
    lrh381b2, Feb 15, 2007
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    Victek Guest

    Yes, to get full support for your sound card and video adapter you would
    have to install directly to the hard disk. VPC 2007 is going to be made
    available free of charge. Hopefully the final version will be released
    before the beta expires (or maybe they will offer a "beta refresh" to keep
    things going?). Games are already available in Vista Business - they just
    don't install automatically. Go to "Control Panel/Programs and
    Features/Turn Windows Features on or off" and select the games you want.
    Victek, Feb 15, 2007
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