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Run a virtual machine under both 7 and Vista? RRS feed

  • Question

  • I have a windows 7 pro computer that is set up as a dual-boot with the OEM copy of Vista home premium.

    How do I use XP mode in Windows 7 professional, and also share another virtual machine running an image of an old Windows 98 system with the Vista OS without duplicating the 40gb virtual hard drive?

    I'd like to be able to use that virtual machine in both operating systems without having to convert it back and forth, or mess with  the "virtual machine editions" every time.

    Is this possible? I get a message that Virtual PC 2007 is incompatible with Windows 7, but it is all I have to run in Vista. Both host operating systems are 64 bit.


    • Edited by SlickRCBD Thursday, March 12, 2015 4:56 AM
    Wednesday, March 11, 2015 10:55 PM

Answers

  • I know VMWare has a converter that can import a Virtual PC VM. and if I
    remember correctly, VirtualBox can open it as is. (The emulated hardware is
    different, so you can't really go back and forth easily)
     
    You should have no problem using the same VM copy with both OS's if you use
    VMWare or VirtualBox, I've done the same with ease at various times...
     
     

    Bob Comer
    • Marked as answer by SlickRCBD Wednesday, March 25, 2015 3:24 PM
    Friday, March 13, 2015 5:58 PM
  • VMware Player is free.  VMware Converter is free.

    VirtualBox is free.

    There is no cost involved here, other than time and learning.

    • Marked as answer by SlickRCBD Wednesday, March 25, 2015 3:21 PM
    Sunday, March 15, 2015 3:26 AM

All replies

  • XP Mode is only licensed to run in Windows 7 Pro, Ent, and Ult, so you
    can't run it in Vista.
     
    Virtual PC 2007 should install in Windows 7 if you uninstall Windows
    Virtual PC and use the proper version of VPC2007. (32-bit or 64-bit)
     
     

    Bob Comer
    • Proposed as answer by Carey FrischMVP Thursday, March 12, 2015 12:41 AM
    • Unproposed as answer by SlickRCBD Thursday, March 12, 2015 4:57 AM
    Wednesday, March 11, 2015 11:54 PM
  • I wasn't trying to run XP mode in Vista, I was trying to run another virtual machine.

    If I try to install Virtual PC 2007, it disables XP mode in Windows 7.


    Two separate virtual machines for different purposes.
    • Edited by SlickRCBD Thursday, March 12, 2015 4:57 AM
    Thursday, March 12, 2015 4:55 AM
  • So, you want Windows 7 run XP mode and run this Windows Virtual PC 2007 at your Vista? so you can run old Windows 98 on your Vista

    for me, this is complicated process, what I suggest here, you upgrade your Windows 7 version (if need to be upgraded), installed latest version Windows Virtual PC version, and make Windows Vista and other OS as guest

    http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=3702

    https://support.microsoft.com/kb/958559?wa=wsignin1.0

    but I don't think Windows 98 will run using this software, but some people report can, even though operating systems that are not officially supported

    http://blogs.msdn.com/b/virtual_pc_guy/archive/2010/05/27/installing-windows-98-on-windows-virtual-pc.aspx

    note:

    I also bit confused regarding this, "Virtual applications are not supported on Windows Vista Business or on Windows 7 Professional or on Windows 7 Professional(SP1). All other features of Windows Virtual PC are supported on these two guest systems."

    You also have another option like install 3rd party Virtual application software, like Virtual box or VMware

    but everything worth to try, good luck


    • Edited by britishdhez Thursday, March 12, 2015 6:32 AM
    • Proposed as answer by Karen Hu Thursday, March 12, 2015 7:17 AM
    • Marked as answer by FangZhou Chen Wednesday, March 25, 2015 10:07 AM
    • Unmarked as answer by SlickRCBD Wednesday, March 25, 2015 3:22 PM
    Thursday, March 12, 2015 6:31 AM
  • >I wasn't trying to run XP mode in Vista, I was trying to run another virtual machine.
     
    Sorry I misunderstood.
     
    Here's a blog entry that describes setting up a new virtual machine in
    Windows Virtual PC.
     
     
    >If I try to install Virtual PC 2007, it disables XP mode in Windows 7.
     
    Yes, that's by design.
     

    Bob Comer
    Thursday, March 12, 2015 1:19 PM
  • Easiest solution?

    Install VMware Player or VirtualBox on both Win7 and Vista, then move your VPC2007 Windows 98 VM over to either one of those.  Both can cooexist with XPMode and Windows VPC, and you can run the same version of either on Win7 or Vista and not need to change the Virtual Machine Additions.

    Thursday, March 12, 2015 10:24 PM
  • Will any of them accept the existing .vmc and .vhd files, or at least the .vhd file without serious reconfiguration?

    Can they convert the .VHD to the new format and make it usable in both 7 and 8?

    I want ONE copy of the virtual machine for both OSes, and do not want to rebuild the virtual machine from scratch as that will literally take all day (took over 7 hours at the time).

    Friday, March 13, 2015 5:25 PM
  • I know VMWare has a converter that can import a Virtual PC VM. and if I
    remember correctly, VirtualBox can open it as is. (The emulated hardware is
    different, so you can't really go back and forth easily)
     
    You should have no problem using the same VM copy with both OS's if you use
    VMWare or VirtualBox, I've done the same with ease at various times...
     
     

    Bob Comer
    • Marked as answer by SlickRCBD Wednesday, March 25, 2015 3:24 PM
    Friday, March 13, 2015 5:58 PM
  • I don't remember seeing the converter option, and I have an old copy of VMWare on the Vista side. I installed vmware in 2009, do I need to download the converter separately or just update vmware?

    I can just install vmware on Windows 7 and see what happens. That seems easier since I'm already familiar with Vmware.

    I haven't used it since 2011 however. I'll try that, thank you.


    • Edited by SlickRCBD Friday, March 13, 2015 7:39 PM
    Friday, March 13, 2015 7:38 PM
  • You have to download the converter separately, but I don't know if it's
    free with Player.  I have VMWare Workstation and when I try to import a VPC
    VM, it comes up with a message to download the converter, which you do.
     
     

    Bob Comer
    Friday, March 13, 2015 7:57 PM
  • I've only been working sporadic temp jobs for over a year now and not by choice. Until I get a steady job I can't justify spending money on this.

    I have no disposable income and my entire paycheck from the 4-day temp job I just worked this week is already spent, earmarked to pay the bills for this month plus a little from my nearly depleted savings. I hope the interview on Monday pans out with a hire, but it's only a 3 month temp job. Even if I'm hired, I'll be saving every penny I earn for that in case I cannot find work afterwards as my savings are almost gone.


    • Edited by SlickRCBD Sunday, March 15, 2015 12:19 AM
    Sunday, March 15, 2015 12:18 AM
  • VMware Player is free.  VMware Converter is free.

    VirtualBox is free.

    There is no cost involved here, other than time and learning.

    • Marked as answer by SlickRCBD Wednesday, March 25, 2015 3:21 PM
    Sunday, March 15, 2015 3:26 AM