There is nothing really special you need to do know about PowerShell support for the Virtual Windows XP or Windows XP mode in Windows 7. This is because WinXP mode uses Virtual PC as the base platform. Hence, you could just use the COM objects provided by Virtual PC application and get the information you need. For example, to get COM object instance in to a variable, all you need to do is
PS1> $vpc = New-Object -COM VirtualPC.Application -strict
Once you have the instance, try
This will display all the virtual machines running on your Windows 7 system. By default, if you don’t have any custom VMs, this will display the Virtual Windows XP instance. On my system, it looks something like this
Now, these properties could be modified using PowerShell. For example, if you want to modify the “ShutdownActionOnQuit”, you need to do the following
PS1> $vms = $vpc.VirtualMachines
PS1> $vm = $vms.Item(1)
PS1> $vm.ShutdownActionOnQuit = 0
$vms.Item(1) will get the Virtual Windows XP instance in to $vm variable and $vm.ShutdownActionOnQuit = 0 will modify the property value.
If you want to see a list of all properties and methods support under PowerShell for a Virtual Machine instance,
PS1> $vm | Get-Member -MemberType Property
PS1> $vm | Get-Member -MemberType Method
Simple, isn’t it. Explore more of those properties and methods yourself. Enjoy..