Update for Virtual PC 2007 SP1 available

There is a hotfix/"update rollup" available for Virtual PC 2007 SP1. It includes several new features and bug fixes, including:

  • Additional operating systems are supported, both as hosts and guests.
  • Networking fixes.
  • Most interesting of all: The maximum graphics resolution supported in guests increases to 2048×1920 from 1600×1200. Still not quite enough to convince me to spring for one of those 30-inch monitors with their delicious 2560×1200 resolutions, though…

Unfortunately, an unfortunate weakness I reported with the Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP1 installer is present with this update as well: The update is delivered as a "naked" patch that must be installed from an elevated command prompt.

To install this update, save the .msp file locally. If you are running Windows Vista, Windows Vista Service Pack 1, or Windows Server 2008, run the update from an elevated command prompt.

As with the Virtual Server update, the Virtual PC patches are about 75 percent the size of a full installation, so I really don’t understand why the updates weren’t delivered as customer-friendly major upgrades.

One Reply to “Update for Virtual PC 2007 SP1 available”

  1. Heh, I’ve long argued that minor upgrades and patching was a PITA and that major upgrades rock.

    When in my user/sysadmin role I much prefer rollup packages that supersede previous releases. It just makes it easier to keep track of and deploy.

    Huge case in point… Visual Studio 2005/2008 SP1. It kills me to have to install visual studio and then spend twice the amount of time to patch it up.

    Eitherway, I don’t use VirtualPC or VirtualServer anymore. Hyper-V on a standalone Q6600 with 8GB of RAM and 4 SATA-II drives in RAID rocks.

    This frees up the resources on my development laptop. With vista and the remote hyper-mmc snapin and dual monitors this makes a pretty seamless and high performance system without breaking the bank.

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