Virtual Server 2005 and Windows 7

Wanna install Virtual Server 2005?

Wanna install it on Windows 7?

“Big Whoop, Wanna fight about it!”


Paddy Tanninger the Caddy Manager

Ok I know, I promised you all this post a long time ago. 2009/01/21 to be exact. So without much further ado, here is Virtual Server 2005 running on Windows 7.


That’s Windows 7 BETA.





When I tried to install this again on Windows 7 RC 1, I ran into this NASTY little thing.

I say nasty with all the venom, hate and loathing I have in every fiber of my body.






To quote Microsoft:

Hard Block:

The software must exhibit the following behavior to qualify for a hard block:

  1. The OS is rendered unusable and unrecoverable (includes bug check).
  2. The hard block is preferable to the alternative user experience, including:

    a. The OS would be left partially functional, and no in-context guidance can be given to the user, and the hard block can provide steps to remedy the problem.

    b. An application would be left unusable and unrecoverable (can’t be repaired by uninstall or upgrade). This should be an extremely rare case, since recovering from an application installation should be possible through install/uninstall software. The vendor would need to prove that that is not an option.




Hard blocks are EVERYTHING that is wrong with our software industry today. The proverbial PRE KILL SWITCH, the DRM SQUARED, the “I know what’s good for your machine mentality.”

If Virtual Server 2005 works with the Windows 7 Beta build, then what have you done to make this program FAIL in the RC version. If all Microsoft is trying to do is encourage people to use the Windows 7 native VHD support, then do so by telling me that in a soft block format but give me the option to do things my way too.

Install Screen 11

Install Screen 12 




Frustrated, my next step was to try to put a stop to Program Compatibility Assistant (henceforth known as ASS) by using gpedit.msc, disabling services and even installing some updates etc.

BTW. What the hell is Program Inventory (PDU), Application Telemetry

“The PDU inventories programs and files on the system and sends information about those files to Microsoft. This information is used to help associate files to programs and diagnose application compatibility problems.”

Hmm. Seems to me like this could be an invasion of privacy waiting to happen.






Frustrated again, I emailed the SharePoint team asking for some sense of sanity. How do they want us developing on SharePoint if we can’t use Virtual Server. Virtual PC? Scoff! That’s for kiddies and your grandma! Ha!


Thank you to Dave Pae for that email.


So now to go to the following URL and read up:





My next post should come up with a solution for how to make your existing VHD files work with Windows 7 RC 1.

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7 thoughts on “Virtual Server 2005 and Windows 7

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  2. Ben says:

    Hi, did you ever manage to get this to work, I am currently trying to get virtual server working on the latest Windows 7 RC?


    • aboutdev says:

      Mike…I tried that and it did not work for me. But if someone else gets it to work then kudos. I’d love to see how because I’d rather use Virtual Server.

  3. Mike says:

    Windoes 7 has worked flawlesslessy for me up to this pint.

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