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Monday, July 13, 2009

Windows 7 Blue Screen of Death – Virtual PC

If you want to see quick evidence of the BSOD (blue screen of death) still kicking around in Windows, you have but to install it on a virtual machine. 

Actually, a specific type of virtual machine, with certain hardware and a certain OS.  I have a 64 bit install of Vista running and my virtualization software (for this vm, anyways…I really should standardize…) is Microsoft Virtual PC 2007.  When you install the 32bit version of Win7 everything runs a treat until you try to install Virtual Machine Additions.

After the install, you get a BSOD loop.  You’ll need to restore to the point prior to the VMA installation in order to get Windows 7 back up and running.

The fix is quite simple: upgrade to SP1 for Virtual PC.  There isn’t a workaround otherwise, and there’s no point in hanging on to the old bits.

Make sure all your machines are out of a ‘saved state’ and properly shut down before you upgrade.

After the upgrade, you can easily (and safely) install VMA and you won’t be blue-screening.

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