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Quicker Access to Windows 7 Virtual PC settings

Posted by Rubel Khan on August 10, 2009

To edit the settings of a virtual computer using Virtual PC in Windows 7 requires the opening of the Virtual PC console, selecting the virtual machine you wish to edit, and then pressing the ‘Settings’ button, as shown in the screenshot below.


In order to reduce the number of required steps to do this (and assuming you know which file it is), you can edit a key in the registry that will add a new item to the Windows Explorer context menu that appears when right clicking on a file.  If you make the changes detailed below, you will be able to right click on the settings file for a virtual machine (files with the .vmc extension) and access directly the settings window, as shown below.



Copy and paste the text between the lines below into a text file, but save it with the .reg file extension.  Then double click on it to import it into the registry.


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