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I'm running a Windows 7 64-bit host, with Microsoft Virtual PC 64-bit installed.

With this setup, can I install Windows 7 64-bit in a virtual machine (VHD file) as a client OS?

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up vote 4 down vote accepted


Microsoft Virtual PC requires you to select an architecture so it can install the correct version. However, neither support x64/64-bit guests.

I would advise you install VMWare Player which will allow you to install a x64/64-bit guest on pretty much any modern machine.

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Microsoft’s official stance with Virtual PC is that it mostly exists now to serve as a client-side compatibility layer for problematic 32-bit applications (you can run them on a 32-bit OS in a VM). Wil is correct, VMWare Player or Workstation is the best bet for any serious virtualization. – peelman Oct 30 '10 at 3:04
..and it supported to run ecomstation (os/2). – kagali-san Oct 30 '10 at 3:24

I use Virtualbox for running 64-bit virtual machines under Windows 7.

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