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Migrate Win XP Virtual PC 7/Mac to Virtual PC 2007/Win Apps
If you have Windows XP or Vista installed on your Intel Mac's Boot Camp partition, you might also have downloaded and installed Microsoft's free Virtual PC 2007 application, which is quite similar to Virtual PC 7 for PowerPC Macs. Well, I tried to migrate my Windows XP Professional VPC 7 image on one of my PowerPC Macs (an upgraded Power Mac G4) to VPC 2007 on my new Intel Mac mini: the results were very good indeed, and with no XP reactivation required!

Read on for the details...

So, essentially (the virtual machine operating systems, names and locations might change, of course):
  1. On your PowerPC Mac, start up Windows XP in VPC 7 and uninstall the Virtual Machine Additions from within Add/Remove Programs; after having restarted, shut down Windows from the Start button.
  2. Go to the Virtual PC List folder (by default located inside the Documents folder) on your PowerPC Mac.
  3. Control-click on the Windows XP.vpc7 hard drive package and choose Show Package Contents; do the same again with the Disk1.vhdp package, thus locating the BaseDrive.vhd file, which indeed is the main hard drive image file.
  4. Copy the BaseDrive.vhd image to a location accessible from within your Boot Camp Windows installation: for example, a network drive or an AirDisk (or you can always use HFSExplorer or MacDrive to read it, if on a local HFS+ disk).
  5. On your Intel Mac, boot into your Boot Camp Windows XP or Vista and start up Virtual PC 2007.
  6. Create a new virtual machine: if you migrate a Windows XP image, of course you should create a new Windows XP virtual machine and hard drive image, trying to match the original settings as close as possible (for example, 256MB of RAM memory and a 15360MB hard drive image, and NAT networking if you had shared networking selected in the VPC 7 virtual machine).
  7. Shut down VPC 2007 and go the Virtual Machines folder (usually within the XP or Vista Documents folder).
  8. Rename the BaseDrive.vhd you had previously saved to Windows XP Hard Disk.vhd, copy it, and paste it into the Windows XP virtual machine folder, thus replacing the default Windows XP hard disk file (which personally I located inside an additional folder named Windows XP, while creating the new virtual machine).
  9. Run VPC 2007 again and start the new Windows XP virtual machine: it will load some new hardware (i.e. the network card, which is only slightly different from the one on VPC 7).
Et voilĂ : you now have Windows XP running inside VPC 2007 for Windows, exactly as it was on VPC 7 for Mac -- but a little speedier, of course! And no XP reactivation required. Well, almost exactly, because quite sadly, there is still no USB support in VPC 2007 for Windows: what do they wait for to add it?
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Migrate Win XP Virtual PC 7/Mac to Virtual PC 2007/Win
Authored by: Sven G on Dec 12, '07 09:55:55AM

... Finally (I forgot to mention this):

10. Reinstall the Virtual Machine Additions from within VPC 2007/Win (again, slightly different from the VPC 7/Mac ones: sadly, no VM Additions Printer, for example).

BTW, I tested this hint on Windows Vista Home Premium as the Boot Camp OS.



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Migrate Win XP Virtual PC 7/Mac to Virtual PC 2007/Win
Authored by: Sven G on Dec 14, '07 01:17:24PM
... And some sad news:

http://www.macobserver.com/article/2007/12/12.10.shtml

- so no Virtual PC 7.x for Leopard.

Well, let's hope that the Q - http://www.kju-app.org - project (based on Qemu) will keep some of VPC/Mac's clearest interface elements, such as the Virtual PC List window with its live previews (a feature still not available in Parallels or Vmware Fusion).

It was a great product, anyway! :-)

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Migrate Win XP Virtual PC 7/Mac to Virtual PC 2007/Win
Authored by: mcroy73 on Dec 12, '07 12:55:57PM
...you might also have downloaded and installed Microsoft's free Virtual PC 2007 application...
please, can u post the link to download this version of VPC? thank u

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Migrate Win XP Virtual PC 7/Mac to Virtual PC 2007/Win
Authored by: Sven G on Dec 12, '07 10:12:53PM
Here is the Virtual PC 2007 product page:

http://www.microsoft.com/windows/products/winfamily/virtualpc/default.mspx

... and here is the download link:

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=04D26402-3199-48A3-AFA2-2DC0B40A73B6&displaylang=en

(the application is available in different languages).

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