Supported Guest Operating Systems in Virtual PC

This article provides some information about supported Guest Operating Systems in Virtual PC.

Applies to:   Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows 7 Service Pack 1
Original KB number:   831461


This article discusses the operating systems that Windows Virtual PC supports.

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You can use the following operating systems as a guest operating system in a guest PC:

Operating System Virtual PC 2007 32-bit Windows Virtual PC 32-bit
Windows 7 Ultimate No Yes
Windows 7 Enterprise No Yes
Windows 7 Professional No Yes
Windows 7 Home Premium No Yes
Windows 7 Home Basic No Yes
Windows 7 Starter No No
Windows Server 2008 R2 (all editions) No No
Windows Vista Ultimate Yes Yes
Windows Vista Enterprise Yes Yes
Windows Vista Business Yes Yes
Windows Vista Home Premium Yes No
Windows Vista Home Basic Yes No
Windows Vista Starter Yes No
Windows Server 2008 Standard Edition Yes No
Windows XP Professional Yes Yes
Windows XP Tablet PC Edition Yes No
Windows XP Media Center Edition No No
Windows XP Home Edition Yes No
Windows XP Starter Yes No
Windows Server 2003 Standard Edition Yes No

Additionally, you can install most x86-based operating systems in the Windows Virtual PC environment. For technical issues with third-party operating systems, contact the operating system vendor for support. Support for Microsoft operating systems whose lifecycles have ended may be limited or not available. Microsoft provides support for technical issues with the Windows Virtual PC program, regardless of the installed guest operating system.

Microsoft provides third-party contact information to help you find technical support. This contact information may change without notice. Microsoft does not guarantee the accuracy of this third-party contact information.

The third-party products that this article discusses are manufactured by companies that are independent of Microsoft. Microsoft makes no warranty, implied or otherwise, regarding the performance or reliability of these products.