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How to setup Microsoft Virtual PC 2007 to host guest machines

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http://www.liberiangeek.net – This brief tutorial describes the steps involved in setting up a Microsoft Virtual PC environment to host guest machines. There are basically three (3) major players in the workstation virtualization software business. VMware Workstation from VMware, VirtualBox from Sun, and Virtual PC from Microsoft. There are others but not as big as these three.   Virtualization software allows you to virtualized your workstation (host machine) by allowing you to run multiple instances of virtual machines (guest machines) onto a single computer. It’s like running Windows XP, Windows Vista, Ubuntu and other operating systems onto one machine simultaneously. The benefit is huge. However, the host machine must be powerful enough to handle as many guest machines as possible.   Virtual PC is Microsoft virtualization software that allows you to host multiple guest OSs on a single machine. It runs on Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7. As with all virtualization software, the host machine must be powerful enough to handles to load of multiple operating systems running simultaneously.   To get started, download a copy of Virtual PC 2007 from here and install. Remember to choose the correct architect for your system — 32-bit or 64-bit.   1) Click Run to begin the download and installation. When prompted again click the Run button.     2) Click Next to continue. Accept the license agreement and click Next.     3) Enter the customer information and continue. Next specify  a location to install the files. The default is always ok.     4) Click finish to complete the installation.              Creating your first guest machine.   1) Open Virtual PC and click New to begin creating a new guest machine. Next select the OS type and continue.     2) Next select A new virtual hard disk if you need to create one. Next specify the location to store the virtual hard disk and the size of the disk.     3) Click Done and a new virtual machine is ready to be used. If you still need to change the guest machine settings, click the settings button and make change as you wish.       This is just guest machine creation. If you need to install an OS into the guest machine, you’ll need to insert the setup disk into the CD/DVD Drive of the host computer configure the guest machine to boot from it. Or specify the ISO image of the OS to install in the CD/DVD Drive.   Next time we’ll talk about some of the cool stuff that can be done with Virtual PC 2007. Until then, enjoy and come back soon. Join the forum discussion on this post — (1) Posts (HowTos)