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Microsoft Virtual PCMicrosoft Virtual PC allows multiple Guest Operating Systems (Virtual Machines) to run usingthe resources of the Host Operating System (The PC’s own OS). A Windows XP ProfessionalHost computer needs a minimum of 256MB RAM (memory) to function satisfactory. It needs512 MB RAM to function well.Guest minimum memory requirements: Windows XP Professional:256MB RAM Minimum Windows 2003 Server:512MB RAM Minimum Windows Vista Business:750MB RAM Minimum Windows 7:1GB RAM MinimumDownloading Virtual PCMicrosoft Virtual PC is available as a free download from the Microsoft Download centre. Open your Internet Browser (Internet Explorer etc) Type microsoft virtual pc in the search field and click the Search button Select the link shown below Scroll down the Virtual PC page and select the 32BIT version of the program Click the Download button and save the file to your computer.Page 2

Installing Virtual PC Double-click the downloaded setup file and follow the prompts to install the program A folder called My Virtual Machines is created the My Documents folder. Thesupplied Virtual Machines must be copied into this folderStarting Virtual PC Click Start, All Programs and Microsoft Virtual PC Click the Title Bar of the Virtual PC Console and drag it to the upper right of yourscreenAdding a Virtual Machine Click the New button and click Next in the following windowPage 3

Click the Add an existing virtual machine radio button. Click Next Click the Browse button. This will automatically open the My Virtual Machinesfolder. This folder is located in the MY Documents folder and is automaticallycreated when Virtual PC is installed.Page 4

Select the Server folder and click the Open button Select the Server.vmc file and click OpenPage 5

Note: Click Next in the following window Click Finish in the final window to complete the installation. Repeat the procedure for the Client virtual machine.The entire operating system with it’s hardware and drivers is held in the single file(Server.vmc) loaded above. All the hardware drivers used by the virtual machine areheld within the virtual environment and as a result, are independent of the Host PC.The virtual machines can be used on any PC as a result. Application programs can beloaded into the virtual machine. Virtual machines can be networked as a Workgroup( XP to XP) or connected to a Server in a Domain.Page 6

Starting a Virtual Machine Start Virtual PC. The installed virtual machines will be listed in the Virtual PCConsole. Select the virtual machine you wish to start and click the Start button. In this case,the Server virtual machine is started. The virtual pc starts up. When the Log On to Windows screen appears, type in theusername and password and click OK. Username:administrator Password:school Log On to:school:The virtual machine starts up.Page 7

Click the Title Bar of the Virtual Machine Window and drag it to the top of thescreen . This will prevent the X button in the Title Bar from being clicked bymistake. With two virtual machines open, position them both at the top of the screen. You canthen click into the virtual machine you want to use and it becomes the active virtualmachine. The other virtual machine window is layered behind it. Clicking into the other virtual machine window makes it active. This way, we canuse the two virtual machines for networking etc.Server - ActiveClient - PassivePage 8

Remove a Virtual Machine Select the Virtual Machine you want to remove Click the Remove buttonVirtual Machine Settings Click on Server in the Console and click Settings Click the Memory entry. The total memory installed in the PC has to be sharedamong the Host PC and the Virtual machines. Server needs at least 512MB RAMPage 9

Click the Networking entry. The options here are: Not connected -not network capable Local only -virtual machines can only communicate with othervirtual machines and no Internet is possible Host NIC -virtual machines can connect with the host machine andconnect to the Internet Shared networking - just shares the host Internet connection - no networkingClick the Close entry. This is set to Turn off and delete changes. Any work done inthe virtual machines is lost once the machines are closed. This is the correct entry fortraining as you want the machines in it’s original condition for each new student.Page 10

Click the Display entry. You can control the virtual machine’s display resolution fromhere. The options are shown in the window below. The maximum screen resolution supported is 1600 x 1200 Use AltGr Enter to toggle between Full Screen Mode and Window ModeWorking with Virtual Machines The Server Administrator account password is school The Client Administrator account password is school The virtual machines are supplied in a networked condition. Use AltGr Del instead of Ctrl Alt Del when logging onto virtual machines To close the virtual machines, simply click the X at the Top-Right of the virtualmachine window.Page 11

Page 3 Installing Virtual PC Double-click the downloaded setup file and follow the prompts to install the program A folder called My Virtual Machines is created the My Documents folder. The supplied Virtual Machines must be copied into this folder Starting Virtual PC Click Start, All Programs and Microsoft Virtual PC Click the Title Bar of the Virtual PC Console and drag it to the upper right .

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