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Virtual PC

(1) (virtual PC) Generically, a PC that runs in a virtualized environment hosting multiple operating systems, each with its own applications. See desktop virtualization.

(2) (Windows Virtual PC) Specifically, virtual machine software from Microsoft that enables multiple Windows and DOS operating systems to run simultaneously in the same machine. Formerly Microsoft Virtual PC, Windows Virtual PC became a free product in 2006. Virtual PC is Microsoft's desktop virtualization solution, whereas Virtual Server and Hyper-V are server-based products (see Microsoft Virtual Server and Hyper-V). Virtual PC was developed by Connectix, which Microsoft acquired in 2003. See Windows XP Mode and Virtual PC for Mac.
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Developers, IT administrators, and power users who need to run virtual operating systems inside Windows will have much more advanced capabilities than were available with Windows Virtual PC and Windows XP Mode.
Virtual PC 2007 has been swept under the rug while Microsoft waves its magic wand at Windows Virtual PC, a version of the software that is a feature of Windows 7 aimed mostly at allowing XP to run on Windows 7 (not Windows 7 to run side-by-side with XP, Linux and so on).
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For larger businesses where management is important to reduce the total cost of ownership, Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization (MED-V) within MDOP adds management to Windows Virtual PC including centralized policy, administration experience and deployment.
For customers who want to take advantage of Windows XP Mode and Windows Virtual PC, there will also be a download available on the site.
Microsoft's Virtual PC hypervisor is an element of the company's Windows Virtual PC package, which allows users to run multiple Windows environments on a single computer.
Affected versions of the product include: Microsoft Virtual PC 2007, Virtual PC 2007 SP1, Windows Virtual PC and Microsoft Virtual Server 2005.
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In 2009, Touchette believes that the trend of Web-based malware will continue to increase, and that there will be more malware devised to attack virtualization platforms such as Windows Virtual PC and VMWare.

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