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Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Microsoft Virtual PC 2007 SP1 & Virtual PC Win7

Download Microsoft Virtual PC 2007 SP1

File Name:File Size
32 BIT/setup.exe EN
31.7 MB
64 BIT/setup.exe EN
31.8 MB
Windows 7 RTM XP SP3 (XP Mode) Evolves

“We’re announcing an update to Windows XP Mode today that will make it more accessible to PCs in small and midsize businesses who want to migrate to Windows 7 Professional but have applications that still require Windows XP. Windows XP Mode will no longer require hardware virtualization technology to run. This change makes it extremely easy for businesses to use Windows XP Mode to address any application incompatibility roadblocks they might have in migrating to Windows 7. Windows XP Mode will of course continue to use hardware virtualization technology such as Intel VT (Intel Virtualization Technology) or AMD-V if available,” Brandon LeBlanc, Windows communications manager on the Windows Client Communications Team, noted. 

There are two versions of the update available for download (look for links below), designed for the 32-bit (x86) and 64-bit (x64) flavors of Windows 7. The refreshes will remove the hardware-assisted virtualization requirements associated with Windows XP Mode and Windows Virtual PC. With XP Mode, Windows 7 customers are getting a free virtual copy of XP SP3 in which they can run programs incompatible with their guest OS. However, because they’re running in the host XP SP3 on top of Windows 7, the programs are accessible right from the main desktop, as any other application. 

“Windows XP Mode is designed for small and midsize businesses. For enterprise customers, we recommend they use Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization (MED-V) which is part of the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack for Software Assurance. MED-V provides deployment and manageability features better fit to address the needs of the enterprise customer,” LeBlanc added. 

Update for Windows 7 (KB977206)
Update for Windows 7 for x64-based Systems (KB977206)

Windows XP Mode RTM and Windows Virtual PC RTM
 are available for download here.


Windows Virtual PC and Windows XP Mode Final RTM 7600.16393 
Microsoft’s virtualization solution for Windows 7, Windows Virtual PC (VPC) and Windows XP Mode (XPM) final RTM builds have been compiled and signed off as build 7600.16393 on September 22nd, 2009. Windows Virtual PC requires hardware-assisted virtualization, thus it’s recommended to check and verify system supports hardware virtualization (VT) or not prior to downloading and installing.
The main purpose of Windows Virtual PC, an optional component for Windows 7 is to support application backward compatibility for software and programs that can only run on older versions of Windows. With RemoteApp, which allows application installed on guest operating system to be accessed directly from host operating system (Windows 7) seamlessly, users can run and access virtualized instance of programs without running virtual machine. Windows XP Mode is provided by Microsoft with free Windows XP OS license as a way for users instantly install and run virtualization environment without having to manually install operating system in virtual machine, and have to acquire a genuine product key to activate the installed OS again.
When comparing with classic Virtual PC for Windows Vista and Windows XP, Windows Virtual PC for Windows 7 features the following advantages:
  • USB device support
  • Seamless application publishing and launching
  • Support for multi-threads
  • Clipboard sharing
  • Printer redirection
  • Smart card redirection
  • Drive sharing
  • Integration with Windows Explorer
  • Known folder integration between host and guest
  • Support for higher resolution
  • Requires AMD-V or Intel-VT CPU features
  • Integration with XP Mode
Windows Virtual PC is available for free download by all Windows 7 editions except Windows 7 Starter, while Windows XP Mode is available only for Windows 7 Professional, Windows 7 Enterprise, And Windows 7 Ultimate.
According to Windows 7 Team Blog, the final RTM version of Windows Virtual PC and Windows XP Mode will be available officially on October 22nd, 2009, together with the official retail release of Windows 7. The RTM version for Windows Virtual PC is 6.1.7600.16393.20090922-1800, however, Windows XP Mode setup installer displays version 1.3.7600.16423 during installation.
Users who can’t wait till October 22nd 2009 from official Virtual PC website can now download the setup installer for final RTM version of Windows Virtual PC and Windows XP Mode via MSDN or TechNet Subscriber Downloads, which are been posted on October 7, 2009. Earlier, the final RTM builds of Windows Virtual PC and Windows XP Mode have also been leaked to the web, and available to download for free via torrent or the following download links.
Windows Virtual PC for Windows 7 (Multilingual)
Windows XP Mode (requires Windows Virtual PC)
English: WindowsXPMode_en-us.exe (known as en_windows_xp_mode_x86_x64_439180.exe in MSDN or TechNet)
All Inclusive Torrent Download
Torrent will download HAV Tool (Hardware Assisted Virtualization Detection Utility), Windows XP and Vista RAIL QFE Update to enable RemoteApp, x86 and x64 Windows Virtual PC and Windows XP Mode. User will have to uninstallprevious version of Windows XP Mode prior to install RTM release, and alsoprevious version of Windows Virtual PC if don’t want to restart the computer to apply new update.

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