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Virtual Machine

Microsoft Virtual PC is a free application that helps you create your own virtual machines inside
 your running operating system, Windows XP Mode and Windows Virtual PC, available on Windows 7
rofessional and Windows 7 Ultimate, allow you to run multiple Windows environments, such as Windows XP Mode, from your Windows 7 desktop.

Installing Windows Virtual PC
First, you need to download Virtual PC from Microsoft’s web site. You’ll want to make sure to select the right Windows 7 edition from the drop-down menu and then select Windows Virtual PC.
Windows Virtual PC
It will ask you to install Virtual PC as a Windows software update.
Windows Virtual PC
You will need to restart after the installation is done.
Windows Virtual PC
After rebooting, you can find Windows Virtual PC in your start menu and select it to open the program.
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Click on Create virtual machine in the new window that opened.
Windows Virtual PC
Now, you can write the name for your new Virtual Machine and the location to store the virtual machine file.
Windows Virtual PC
In the next window, you can select the amount of RAM memory to assign to your virtual machine.
Windows Virtual PC
In the next window, you will create a virtual hard disk where you will install your virtual operating system. You can select between a dynamically expanding virtual hard disk (it will grow according to your virtual machine space requirements), use an existing virtual hard disk or use advanced options.
Windows Virtual PC
In the advanced options window, you can select to create a dynamically expanding hard disk (the hard drive will grow as your virtual machine needs), a fixed sized hard drive (you assign the amount of storage for it) and a differencing hard drive (the changes will be stored in a different hard drive so the original hard drive can be intact)
We will use a dynamically virtual hard drive for this example.
Windows Virtual PC
You can now select the location for your virtual hard drive in your computer and the name for it.
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As we selected the dynamically expanding virtual hard drive, we will specify the maximum storage space for it to grow in the next window.
And that’s pretty much it!
You have created a virtual machine and only need to install the operating system.
You can go to Virtual PC again, and will find your new Virtual Machine. Right click on it to select the settings or click on the Settings menu.
In the settings windows, you can specify where the installation disk for your new operating system is located to install it in your new virtual machine.
Go to DVD Drive and select Access a physical drive if you loaded the installation CD / DVD in the computer’s Rom.vpc16
Or select Open an ISO image to select an image with the installation files to install an operating system on your new virtual machine.
Once you’ve started up the virtual machine, just follow through the normal installation prompts to create your virtual operating system.

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