Which version of virtual Pc can be installed on Vista Home Premium

Discussion in 'Virtual PC' started by Robinb, Jan 20, 2008.

  1. Robinb

    Robinb Guest

    I would like to put a copy of xp pro on my Vista Home Premium. Which
    version can do this?

    I would also like to know if this is possible when you install xp pro do you
    need to install all its security updates including sp2?


    Robinb, Jan 20, 2008
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    Tim Walsh Guest

    Tim Walsh, Jan 20, 2008
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  3. If you are using Vista Home Premium x86 the install the 32-bit version of
    VPC 2007. If you are using VHP x64 then install the 64-bit version. You
    may see an advisory that says that VPC is not supported on your OS but that
    is only cautioning you that Microsoft does not give support for the usage,
    not that it won't run. It does. You simply have to use self-help (like
    this ng or books) if you run into problems. Click through the advisory if
    you accept that condition.

    The virtual machine is a separate computer. It does not even know it is
    running on a host. Therefore you need a separate license for it and need to
    update from Windows Update like any other computer. You also need to run
    antivirus and antispyware programs on it as well if you want to protect it
    from threats.
    Colin Barnhorst, Jan 20, 2008
  4. Robinb

    Robinb Guest

    I am running the 32bit version of vista home premium. with 2gigs memory,
    160gig HD
    64bit Athon processor Dual core
    So it is basically like two computers in one box-right?

    In xp when it first installs it asks for a reboot
    when it reboots how will it know not to overlay ontop of my vista os now?

    Once virtual pc 2007 is installed is it easy to put xp pro on it?

    Is there a good site out there that explains how to install it and how to
    install the OS?


    Robinb, Jan 20, 2008
  5. Yes, it is like two computers in one box. What is different is that you
    don't have to boot the physical computer to use the "other" operating system
    and the virtual machine is not using the same hardware you have in the
    physical machine. It uses its own set of emulated hardware plus the
    virtualized cpu.

    Think of the vm like Las Vegas; what happens there stays there. The xp
    installer running in the vm will only reboot the vm. Just make sure the vm
    is the active window on your desktop and all messages and actions will
    concern the vm and not the host.

    You install XP in a vm the same way you do on a physical computer. You
    capture the XP cd with the vm's emulated cd drive and reset the vm to boot
    the vm from the cd. Installing VPC is simple. Just follow the prompts.
    Use the VPC Help menu early and often. Installing the OS inside a vm
    proceeds like any other OS installation. Nothing special there.

    Colin Barnhorst, Jan 20, 2008
  6. Robinb

    Tim Walsh Guest

    I think Robin was talking about the Dual Processor being like to computers
    in one box.
    Tim Walsh, Jan 20, 2008
  7. Robinb

    Tim Walsh Guest

    In xp when it first installs it asks for a reboot
    When you put your XP disk in, the auto start feature will see it and start
    it, just exit out, you DO NOT want to install XP on the Vista box which is
    what it will try to do.

    Once you have Virtual PC installed, create a new machine, and have it
    connect to the Vista machine's CD/DVD drive. Once you have it seeing the
    Vista's CD/DVD drive you should be able to install the XP OS on the new VM.
    Tim Walsh, Jan 20, 2008
  8. Robinb

    Robinb Guest

    no i was asking if the virtual pc and the host pc is like having 2 seperate
    OS in one cpu
    Robinb, Jan 20, 2008
  9. Robinb

    Robinb Guest

    I just do not want to "experiment" and find now i have to reinstall my vista
    I would like step by step instructions on installing the Virtual PC
    (picking which options I need on the installation on vista home premium and
    then installing xp pro.

    Also I noticed by looking at some sites that have some instructions- which
    settings for memory would you put for xp pro? and how do you configure how
    much hd space to allocate?

    total machine right now is running 2gigs and total hd space is 160gig with
    about 30gigs used already.

    thanks so much
    this is my first time trying this so i want everything to go right on first

    Robinb, Jan 20, 2008
  10. The VPC installer will confirm the target installation folder just like any
    other application installer does, but after that there are no options. It
    really is that simple.
    Colin Barnhorst, Jan 20, 2008
  11. However, if I remember correctly, if the newly created vm window is in focus
    (active window) the vm will automatically capture the cd.
    Colin Barnhorst, Jan 20, 2008
  12. Robinb

    Bill Grant Guest

    Just accept the default values offered by VPC. You can change them later
    (except the size of the vhd, and the default for that is more than
    Bill Grant, Jan 20, 2008
  13. Robinb

    robinb Guest

    has anyone here actually put virtual pc on Vista Home Premium and run xp
    and ran it with no problems, since it is included in the system

    and why whould Microsoft exclude it anyway?

    robinb, Jan 21, 2008
  14. MS does not exclude it. They simply don't support it. Support in this
    sense means technical support from MS Product Support Services. The reason
    is that VPC is only supported on business editions of Windows. It never has
    been supported on consumer editions. It is a marketing decision, not a
    software one.
    Colin Barnhorst, Jan 21, 2008
  15. Robinb

    robinb Guest

    ok but i would like to know who here put it on Vista Home Premium and had no
    robinb, Jan 21, 2008
  16. Robinb

    Jane C Guest

    Me :)
    Jane C, Jan 21, 2008
  17. What problem are you seeing? If it is just the advisory message that your
    host operating system is not supported all you have to do is accept and
    continue the installation.
    Colin Barnhorst, Jan 21, 2008
  18. Robinb

    robinb Guest

    i have not done it yet- I would like all the facts before i do it
    I use this computer for teaching purposes and I really do not want to have
    to reinstal Vista if something dreadful happens.
    robinb, Jan 21, 2008
  19. Robinb

    robinb Guest

    which OS do you have in virtual?
    and running it on vista home premium runs smoothly?
    robinb, Jan 21, 2008
  20. I have not seen any report of issues. Why do you think there would be? If
    you have doubts simply don't do it.
    Colin Barnhorst, Jan 21, 2008
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