Microsoft has been known to update the operating systems every now and then to suit the needs and wants of the customers that patronize their products. From the first release, Windows has been the standard operating system for most of the people. Companies and establishments, students, and private individuals rely on Windows. In this time, Windows gave patrons another chance to experience their new development, Windows 7.
As we know, most of the computer units that we purchase now have Windows Vista preinstalled. Units preinstalled with Windows 7 are rare, and mostly available to those top-line units. Since the operating system is new, you might want to try it first; experience the feel and see if there are flaws or if it is better. With this given, the best option that you can do is to install it in a virtual PC.
The PC within the PC
Virtual PC is software that can virtualize a standard PC within your operating system (or OS from now on). You can install a new OS inside it without creating another partition in your disk and a dual boot. It is practical, since you will just test Windows 7 in your system.
For those who want to do this, here are some steps that can help you.
1. You must have a DVD or a copy of the OS Windows 7. And it would help if you have already downloaded the Virtual PC software. Run it in your system.
2. When the dialog box appears, click on NEW and click Next.
3. There will be three available options. Select “Create a Virtual Machine”. This option will let you customize settings to your liking. Click on Next.
4. In the box that will appear, type in the new name of your virtual machine. You can either let it save the name to My Virtual Machines folder or click on Browse to select another location.
5. The next part will ask you to choose the OS that you want to install in the Virtual PC. If you have downloaded an older version of Virtual PC, Windows 7 might not be included in the selection yet. Just select Other, and then click Next.
6. This page will be for memory allocation. By default, it will require 662MB, but if you want to increase the memory allocation, select “Adjusting the RAM”. Then you can drag the line on the memory value you want. If you want to use default, select “Using the Recommended RAM”. After deciding, click Next.
7. Select “A new virtual disk” then click next. On the next page, it will ask for the location in where you want the virtual hard disk to be. Click on browse and select a location you want. Then specify the size of the Drive. 16G is recommended by Microsoft. Click Next.
8. After the steps, click on finish. A window will then pop-up. This is the Virtual PC Console. Click on Start to start the installation.
9. Insert the Windows 7 DVD or any device that has the installer in it. Virtual PC will restart within your system, and then install the OS just like what you’d do in any PC.
10. After the installation, you can now add in the required programs for Windows 7.
11. Now, you’re done.
Windows 7 promises a lot of good things like stability and protection, just like the past releases. Virtual PC can help you in examining it and studying it if the OS will fit perfectly in. You can even keep it in that setting if you want. Good luck.