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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 2048x1920 from 1600x1200. Still not quite enough to convince me to spring for one of those 30-inch monitors with their delicious 2560x1600 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.