Ubuntu on Windows Virtual PC


  • What's the latest on Ubuntu on Windows Virtual PC?

    My Ubuntu 10.04 LTS runs fine on Microsoft Virtual PC 2007 except I can't find a suitable VM Additions.  That is something I can get by as the Ubuntu is running a dedicated application with a web interface and I can do most of the configuration work outside of Ubuntu on the host PC. 

    I now have to install another Ubuntu on a new Windows 7 PC and making a decision on which to use.  Will the latest Ubuntu run fine on Windows Virtual PC?


    Thursday, September 16, 2010 10:11 AM


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  • I can't say about Ubuntu on Windows Virtual PC but have you considered either dual booting with GRUB as the boot loader or using Wubi to install Ubuntu?

    Wubi sets up a dual boot but can simply be uninstalled from within Windows, whereas GRUB needs the Windows boot loader restored. The simplest way to restore the Windows boot loader is with EasyBCD 2 from

    Thursday, September 16, 2010 11:28 AM
  • Thanks, but I can't have dual boot.  I need both OS'es to be running at the same time.
    Thursday, September 16, 2010 12:46 PM
  • If you do not need XP Mode, VMWare Player or Virtualbox are much better than Windows Virtual PC.
    • Proposed as answer by Andre.Ziegler Thursday, September 16, 2010 2:13 PM
    • Marked as answer by K.Kong Tuesday, October 05, 2010 6:52 AM
    Thursday, September 16, 2010 1:11 PM
  • Define "run fine"

    It's an unsupported OS and there are no VM Additions for Linux.

    If you need to run Ubuntu as a VM, I'd suggest VirtualBox or VMWare Player, both are free and both support Linux VMs. 

    Tuesday, September 21, 2010 4:33 AM
  • Have you considered running CoLinux (andLinux etc)?  Very simple installation, up and running in seconds.  (Doesn't run on the host if it is a 64bit system, but it runs fine under Windows XP Mode of Win7.)
    Thursday, September 23, 2010 4:46 PM
  • I have given up on Windows Virtual PC.  I tried VirtualBox on my Windows 7 and it was surprisingly quite smooth sailing.  Ubuntu has been churning out hourly jobs without issues for the last two weeks.

    Unfortunately, with VirtualBox running I can't have Windows Virtual PC.  I have an old application which can't run in Windows 7 without being logged in as the administrator, so I have no choice but to use the administrator account.

    Tuesday, October 05, 2010 6:51 AM