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Solved How to run Virtual PC on Windows Vista Home Premium?

February 24, 2017 at 21:43:28
Specs: Windows 7
I had a Gateway Quad Processor running Windows Vista Home Premium. I have added a 1 TB Hard Drive and would like to run Windows 95 on it. I have many games that will not run on Vista and would like to be able to play them again.

The list of supported O/S's on the Microsoft website does not include Vista Home Premium as far as I could see.

Is there another product that I could use to run Windows 95 as a Virtual PC?

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February 25, 2017 at 03:11:31
You can install Windows 95 alongside Windows Vista in "dual boot" configuration instead of using Virtual PC.

Just install Windows 95 in the usual way on the new hard drive and windows will automatically set up your PC for dual booting as long as you leave the Windows Vista drive connected whilst installing Windows 95.

After installation is complete, every time you boot up the PC, a menu will appear from which you can choose to run Windows Vista or Windows 95.

You may have some driver issues though if your PC or motherboard manufacturer doesn't support Windows 95 on that model, so check driver availability first.

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February 25, 2017 at 05:27:49
Besides phil22's suggestion, you "may" be able to install M$ Virtual PC and install '95b as a VM that way...

There is some debate on the assorted websites as to whether or not M$ Virtual PC will work with Vista Home Premium. However many do say it will work. Have a look at the info here - last post especially as it may be of help:

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February 25, 2017 at 06:39:14
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I don't recommend attempting a normal installation of Win95 on a computer capable of running Vista. You will have nothing but problems, if you can get it to install at all. You didn't post any specs but I assume your PC has more than 512MB of RAM? That's a major obstacle in itself, so is the quad processor. And it's doubtful there will be Win9x drivers available. We've gone down this road many times before in the Win95 forum. A VM is the best way to go; either that or buy/build a PC using late 90's hardware. Microsoft's Virtual PC does not officially support Vista Home Premium, but 3rd party programs such as VirtualBox do.

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