Friday, 15 May 2009

Virtual Windows 7

It is possible to install Windows 7 Ultimate Edition into an instance of VMware Server 1.0.5 running on Windows Vista. It is not a trouble-free process, however.

If you want to do the same, know that I set up a custom profile based on 'Windows Vista (experimental)' and chose to use a virtual IDE hard disk. Windows 7 does not have drivers for VMware's network adapter so install VMware tools (VM - Install VMware Tools). I found that the Sync driver failed to install but fortunately the network driver worked fine.

This set up is going to be very handy for those who need to take screenshots of the new operating system, particularly when illustrating installation steps or demonstrating how User Account Control (UAC) looks and behaves (see below).

Windows 7 User Account Control (UAC) in action