Virtual PC releases SP1: Build a machine inside ur machine today

VPC Microsoft has released its service pack for the Virtual PC 2007 software. Virtual PC is a Windows software that lets you “virtualise” computer hardware so that you can run heterogeneous operating systems on your machine – actually much better than dual booting option…

If you followed my twitters, I had been trying to get a VPC running with Windows Server 2008 Standard Core. It was unsuccessful. Even after successful completion all i would get is a black empty window.

With SP1 release now following OS support has been added:

Windows Vista® Ultimate Edition with Service Pack 1 (SP1)
Windows Vista® Business Edition with Service Pack 1 (SP1)
Windows Vista® Enterprise Edition with Service Pack 1 (SP1)
Windows Server® 2008 Standard
Windows XP Professional with Service Pack 3

And now i have been able to create my VPC successfully..

SP1 is now available at Microsoft download.

But before you go building ur VPCs here are few things i learnt (and you should too):

  1. I started with a Core 2 Duo machine with 2 GB RAM. You need a BIG machine to get started.
  2. Ample free space on your primary Hard disk partition is required (around the size of OS ur trying to install). I started from 2.21 GB free HDD space and while building the VPC only 826 MB remained.
  3. If you are using virtual hard disk make sure you provide it room to grow to the maximum available size on the HDD. (The recommendation for Server 2008 is 512 MB RAM and 65536 MB HDD space.)
  4. Close all applications esp Internet Explorer. The Virtual PC consumed from 5- 50% of CPU and around 43 MB of commit memory size. However, IE was a memory hog with all its add-ins..
  5. The final install of Windows Server 2008 Core is around 1.5 GB on HDD.

Start buildling ur VPC today!

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