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Windows 7 Virtual PC: Simplify development, testing, and troubleshooting multiple versions of Access

Inevitably you may find yourself supporting users on Access 2000, 2002, 2003, 2007, and now, 2010. How best to manage number of Access versions without buying PCs for each version, or dealing with headaches of installing several versions on a single machine? new Windows 7 Virtual PC feature is an excellent solution that allows you to develop and test in any version of Access on same machine.

  1. you need a copy of Windows 7 Professional, Ultimate, or Enterprise for creating one or more instances of Windows XP run on Virtual PC engine. Your machine should have 2GB memory.
  2. Download Windows XP Mode (500MB), VPC, and XP Mode updates.
  3. Install programs in the order specified.
  4. Select XP Mode from Start Menu after installations complete.
  5. Give XP instance a descriptive name, like “Access 2000” or “Access 2003 and 2010 parallel install.”
  6. Install Access version(s) on virtual PC instance (you’ll have ability to access your computer’s USB, DVD, and hard disk drives from Windows Explorer within VPC. Note: If you need to create multiple XP Mode instances to support different Access versions, wait to install Access until you’ve created all instances you’ll need. To create multiple instances, follow these instructions.
  7. Develop, test, and troubleshoot as though you had a separate machine right in front of you! When you’re done, just close window and VPC instance will go into a hibernation mode until you open it up again.


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