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I believe that (according to this) Virtual PC is supported on Windows 7 Home Premium.

However, when I go to http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=3702 and click on Continue, I am prompted to download and run the "GenuineCheck.exe" which is supposed to generate a validation code which I can use to continue.

Except that when I run the executable, I get a message that says "This version of the Windows Genuine Advantage validation tool is no longer supported". (Nice work, Microsoft.)

How can I get Virtual PC installed on my (valid) Windows 7 Home Premium edition?

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Use Internet explorer to download the files, then you don't have to run genuinecheck.exe, it will use another method to validate. –  Moab Oct 4 '12 at 14:58
    
@Moab: I tried IE, same results: I had to download & run that exe, which failed. –  chris Oct 4 '12 at 15:32
    
chris: something is wrong, you should not have to download anything to validate using IE, it may want to install an activex add-on control but that is all. All I can suggest is to download it on another PC. –  Moab Oct 4 '12 at 19:58
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Try bypassing the stupid genuine check (before download, not during install) by getting the Windows Virtual PC and XP Mode installers directly from MS using the links here and here.

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Option 1: Run the Diagnostic Tool. go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=52012

Option 2: Go to www.microsoft.com/genuine/validate Its the same thing as what you used. Just dont run it. Save it and run in compatibility mode.

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