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I'm not sure what I'm doing wrong.

I ran the tool to check that hardware virtualization is enabled, and it is (i7-2600).

I ran the proper version of the Virtual PC download (Windows 7 Professional x64) and I can see the Windows Virtual PC (KB958559) update in my installed updates list.

The .msu file runs fine without errors, but even after multiple reboots I can't actually find a trace of Virtual PC anywhere. There is nothing in program files, the start menu, or system32.

Am I missing a step?

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Have you attempted to install KB958559 and KB977206 instead? I am unable to find KB98559 on the internet, the first page of results is a bunch of non-english sites and this question. Where exactly are you looking? – Ramhound Feb 6 '12 at 19:22
@Ramhound, sorry. That was a typo. I haven't downloaded KB977206, I didn't think I needed it since my machine should have all the required pre-reqs. However, I'll try it and update the question later. Thanks for the suggestion. – Brandon Feb 6 '12 at 19:25
@Ramhound, It says that KB977206 is not applicable to my computer. I"m guessing because it already meets the per-requisites. – Brandon Feb 6 '12 at 19:36
Are your trying to install XP mode? if so you must install XP mode first. – Moab Feb 6 '12 at 23:34
@Moab, No, just Virtual PC. I don't need XP Mode. – Brandon Feb 7 '12 at 0:04

Check the setup of your BIOS to enable Virtualization.

A useful article from MS: Configure BIOS for Hardware Assisted Virtualization (HAV) PCs

If nothings works after this check for an alternative: Oracle VirtualBox:

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That was the tool I referred to in my question. It does say that my computer is already configured with hardware assisted virtualization and that I can proceed with the installation. I'll take a look at virtualbox though. Thanks. – Brandon Feb 6 '12 at 19:33

There should be a "Windows Virtual PC" entry in the start menu under All Programs. Click on the "Windows Virtual PC" then opens up the Windows Explorer with an extra menu entry for creating a new virtual machine. Also listed should be any existing virtual machines like the one created for XP Mode.

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theres not. That's the problem. I ran the installer, no errors came up, but nothing happened. Nothing in the Start Menu, Program Files, or anywhere else. – Brandon Feb 7 '12 at 0:05

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