Is there any virtual PC software that will work on my Windows 8 laptop?

Usman Mubashir December 29, 2012

I’ve tried some software including VMware player and MS Virtual PC, but all have some kind of issue with the Windows and they do not function properly. VMware player works at first, but when I load an image to install Window on a virtual drive, the window crashes.

  1. Usman Mubashir
    December 29, 2012 at 2:50 pm

    Well, I guess there is no issue with the virtual PC softwares, the problem lies in the window, when Hyper V is active, I cannot load images on a virtual CD-Drive. Hope MS solves this issue soon.

    Meanwhile, I'm now using Windows Hyper V utility, thanks to Rajaa Chowdhury, and just hope that when I disable Hy[er V, I will be able to use Powr ISO again.

  2. ha14
    December 29, 2012 at 6:57 am

    perhaps for hardware reasons it fails, you should give more power.

  3. susendeep dutta
    December 29, 2012 at 6:01 am

    Did you tried VirtualBox -

    This software has all features of VMware Workstation edition.

  4. Ahad Shabbir
    December 29, 2012 at 3:41 am

    How to much RAM do youn have on your PC?

    • Usman Mubashir
      December 29, 2012 at 1:17 pm

      I really don't think RAM has any problem with that, I have 4 Gigs

  5. Rajaa Chowdhury
    December 29, 2012 at 1:58 am


    Microsoft has ported that feature alongwith Windows 8 Prof and Enterprise editions. The feature is known as Hyper V. Kindly read the link on how to enable it.

    • Rajaa Chowdhury
      December 29, 2012 at 2:49 am

      Also checkout these two links on how to enable and configure Window 8 Hyper V (I hope you are using a Win 8 Prof) :

      • Usman Mubashir
        December 29, 2012 at 1:17 pm

        Yes I have PRO.
        What I want is:
        1> run windows XP on virtual environment.
        2> be able to mount all imge types.

        • Rajaa Chowdhury
          December 31, 2012 at 12:53 pm

          Yes, logically should work with Hyper V. In windows 7, you must be already aware of the Windows XP mode that Microsoft supported with Virtual PC. In windows 8, they have now upgraded that feature to Hyper V.

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