Internet Connection via Virtual PC

March 4, 2009 at 06:48:43
Specs: Windows XP

I'm trying to run Microsoft Virtual PC 2004 on my XP machine to see if I can use a web-based program on a different version of Internet Explorer to the one corporately used at my workplace.

I've downloaded VPC2004 and IE7-XPSP3.exe, but am unable to connect to the internet.

Any ideas?

All suggestions welcome.


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March 4, 2009 at 06:58:02
So, are you trying to run a copy of WinXP inside VirtualPC? If all you are trying to do is run IE7 in virtual mode I don't think that is possible.

If the web based program is approved by your company then get permission to install the necessary browser.

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March 4, 2009 at 07:04:56
Not quite.

I'm running VPC on my XP machine.

The VPC has IE7 on it already, but I'm unable to get an internet connection on it.

There are complications as to why I can't change my browser due to corporate reasons beyond my control.


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March 4, 2009 at 08:37:45
Your environment is not clear to me: VPC 2004 is just an empty shell to accomodate its own operating system. Your HOST environment is Windows XP, but inside VPC you need another GUEST copy of XP with its own license. To connect to Internet you need a full operating environment for your browser inside the virtual machine.

So, after downloading and installing VPC, have you properly set up the VPC's OS?

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March 4, 2009 at 08:44:39
Yes, the O/S came already installed on the VPC.

So everything is OK in that respect. The problem is specifically not being able to connect to the internet.

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March 4, 2009 at 10:35:44
Greggles, How you got hold of a VPC with a preinstalled WinXP is a puzzlement. But I hope that you realize that running unauthorized (and probably illegal) software is a valid reason for dismissal.

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March 4, 2009 at 10:59:04

Internet Explorer Application Compatibility VPC Image
Brief Description
VPC Hard Disk Image for testing websites with different IE versions on Windows XP SP2, Windows XP SP3 and Windows Vista
Download files below
Quick Details
Version: 4.2
Date Published: 2/6/2009
Language: English
Download Size: 407.3 MB - 3981.1 MB*
*Download size depends on selected download components.

This download page contains four separate VPC images, depending on what you want to test.

IE6-XPSP3.exe contains a Windows XP SP3 with IE6 VHD file

IE7-XPSP2.exe contains a Windows XP SP2 with IE7 VHD file

IE8RC1-XPSP3.exe contains a Windows XP SP3 with IE8 RC1 VHD file

IE7-VIS1.exe+IE7-VIS2.rar+IE7-VIS3.rar contain a Vista Image with IE7 VHD file.

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March 4, 2009 at 12:29:43
OK tomast,

I ignored that MS gift to testers, so I suggest to check under Option of VPC the Network parameters, selecting in the combo box on the right side of the dialog box the proposed real NIC to set a direct connection to the net. That is the only action I can suggest at this point.

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March 4, 2009 at 14:01:13
See this first.

May need to allow VPC in firewalls, and set proxies and any other network admin task.

"Best Practices", Event viewer, host file, perfmon, antivirus, anti-spyware, Live CD's, backups, are in my top 10

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March 5, 2009 at 00:26:15
OK, one of these at a time! :D

aegis1: Not illegal or unauthorized, so I should be OK.
Although they would probably be glad to dismiss me anyway! :)

tomast: Yes, that's the one. It was recommended to me by a colleague with a similar setup to my own, so I know it CAN work.

IVO: I've tried changing the NIC settings, but as yet to no avail.

jefro: The VPC is allowed in my firewall and I've also tried it with no firewall on, but still no joy.

Thanks for the info anyway, I greatly appreciate it.

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