This is one of those projects that I’ve long been meaning to learn how to do, but it always got put on the back burner. Well I finally decided that I wanted to figure this out so I could test software, operating systems and easily record screenshots & Video of the Pre-GUI Windows environment. Well as it turns out, Windows 7 makes this whole process extremely easy…. I was pleasantly surprised to find that the whole process from start to finish took me all of 5 minutes to setup including a PC reboot! In any case, Hope you all find this article helpful – Cheers~
Windows 7 – Virtual PC
- Processor: Intel®, AMD®, VIA® processors capable of hardware-assisted virtualization, with the setting turned on in the BIOS.
- Memory: 2GB+ of memory recommended.
- Hard disk requirement: 20MB hard disk space for installing Windows Virtual PC.
***If you are not sure if your CPU is capable of supporting ” Hardware-assisted Virtualization”, You can Download Microsofts Detection Tool Here. ( **Hint: All Newer processors should have this )
Virtual PC – Setup
1.) Download the Windows 7 Virtual PC Windows Update From: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=3702
2.) Install the Update and Then Restart your PC.
3.) Once your PC has rebooted, You can Find your newly install Virtual PC Shortcut Under the START Button.( -or- %SystemRoot%\system32\vmwindow.exe )
4.) Open Windows Virtual PC, Then Click on ” Create Virtual machine “.
5.) Now Choose a Name and Location for your New Virtual PC.
6.) Then Choose How much memory you would like to allocate and whether or not you would Like this Virtual Machine to be connected to your Network…
7.) Next we must Choose whether we want to use a Dynamic Virtual Hard Disk, or Create a Static HD size using the “Advanced Options” …uh Option. For Our purposes we will simply keep the default and click Create.
8.) That’s It! You now have your very own Virtual PC… Not too hard was it?
Virtual PC Configuration
So now that we have our Virtual PC Environment setup, our next step is going to be installing an Operating system. We have 2 options at this point – We can either Boot from disk or from a .iso image. Unfortunately Booting from a USB device is not currently supported. ( Hopefully this gets patched soon… )
1.) In your Virtual Machine Management Window – Select ” Settings. ”
2. ) Then Select ” DVD Drive ” , and then either your DVD drive or an .ISO file as your boot source. From here, you will simply install the Operating System as you would normally.