How to Install an ISO in Virtual PC


Virtual PC is a Microsoft virtualization software that runs other Windows operating systems on your Windows PC. It will allow you to install Windows XP on your Windows 7 computer to run applications not supported by Windows 7. Windows Virtual PC can also run the Linux operating system, but this is not supported by Microsoft. In order to install an operating system on Virtual PC, you need either an installation CD/DVD or an ISO image. An ISO image is an archive file of a physical CD/DVD.

  • Click on the “Start” menu and go to “All programs.” Go to “Windows Virtual PC” and click on “Virtual Machines.”

  • Click on “Create Virtual Machine” in the new window. Enter a name for your new Virtual PC. If you want to store your new Virtual PC in a specific place, change the “Location” folder.

  • Enter the amount of RAM you want your machine to have and select the “Use Computer Network Connections” to have the Virtual PC access the network and the Internet. Select “Create a Dynamically Expanding Virtual Hard Disc” and check if the location of the virtual hard drive is correct.

  • Right-click on the virtual machine you just created in the new window. Go to the “DVD Drive” section on the left pane of the new window. Select “Open an ISO Image” and browse to the ISO image of the operating system you want to install on your Virtual PC. Click “OK.”

  • Right-click on the Virtual PC you created and click “Open." Follow the onscreen instructions to install your operating system.

Tips & Warnings

  • The amount of RAM you enter cannot be above the amount of RAM your machine has.

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