Using a virtual machine

Using a virtual machine

Interacting with the virtual environment

You can interact with the virtual environment by logging on to the guest operating system and using the virtual machine desktop, or by using virtual applications. For information about configuring virtual applications, see Publish and use virtual applications.

When you want to interact with a guest operating system, you open the virtual machine.

To open a virtual machine

  1. Open the Virtual Machines folder. From the Start menu, click Windows Virtual PC. If the menu item is not visible, click All Programs, click the Windows Virtual PC folder, and then click Windows Virtual PC.
  2. Start the virtual machine. In the file list, select the virtual machine and click Open, or double-click the virtual machine.
  3. Windows Virtual PC opens the virtual machine window and displays the video output of the virtual machine.

You can use a variety of keyboard shortcuts that apply specifically to Windows Virtual PC to perform specific tasks. For example, you can increase the size of the virtual machine desktop by using full-screen mode. Press the Windows logo key+UP ARROW. The following table lists the keyboard shortcuts.

Press this key To do this
CTRL+ALT+LEFT ARROW Release the mouse from the virtual machine window (required when the integration features are not installed or are disabled, and on certain keyboard shortcuts noted below). You can also use this shortcut to release the keyboard and move to the focus to the toolbar.
CTRL+ALT+END Send the CTRL+ALT+DEL command to a virtual machine
Windows logo key+UP ARROW Switch from window mode to full-screen mode
CTRL+ALT+PAUSE/BREAK Switch from full-screen mode to window mode
ALT+F4 Close a virtual machine
ALT+P (see note) Pause a virtual machine
ALT+U Resume a virtual machine from a paused state
CTRL+ALT+PLUS SIGN Capture a print screen of the virtual machine display output
CTRL+ALT+MINUS SIGN Capture a print screen of the window in the virtual machine that has focus
ALT+B (see note) Open the USB menu of the virtual machine window
TAB+RIGHT or LEFT ARROW (see note) Move between the Help menu and other menus on the toolbar of the virtual machine window
Before you use the keyboard shortcut, press CTRL+ALT+LEFT ARROW to move the focus to the virtual machine window.