I am trying to run Microsoft's VPC VMs on Windows 8 but no luck.

As you may know, Microsoft's Virtual PC software doesn't work on Windows 8. They are recommended to use their new virtualisation technology, Hyper-V, instead of Virtual PC. Okay, fair enough, but the problem is, OSes requires to re-activate when I bind them with a new VM.

I extracted the VM's spec from VPC versions and tried to create exact machine but it doesn't work either.

So, I need to find a way to work with old IE versions on Windows 8, preferably with those VMs.


I believe that vmware player supports Windows 8, You should then be able to test the following setups, of course not limited too and only an example:

  • Windows XP IE6
  • Windows XP IE7
  • Windows XP IE8
  • Windows 7 IE9
  • Windows 7 IE10
  • thanks for your reply but since I have to create a new VM, result will be the same. OS will require re-activation. – Tim Mar 26 '13 at 12:23
  • If you install Windows 7 within any VM it will require activating, if you clone once activated it shouldn't ask for reactivation since the hardware remains the same. I've done this many times using vmware and in Windows 8 and 7, it works perfectly. Have you tried vmware? – Simon Hayter Mar 26 '13 at 12:51
  • Yes, I tried again and this is the result. i.imgur.com/S8VYKqr.png – Tim Mar 26 '13 at 15:28
  • That looks to me that your using a expiring version of windows, what versioning of windows are you using: OEM/RTFM/MSDN/RETAIL. – Simon Hayter Mar 26 '13 at 15:39
  • Also are you installing windows fresh to the VM, it'll only ask for activation within 3 days of install if the hardware is changed so Im guessing that your using an VM image from a previous install? – Simon Hayter Mar 26 '13 at 15:47

Microsoft provides new VMs at http://modern.ie


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