Installing the MED-V Client

Updated: September 25, 2009

Applies To: Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization

A newer version of the Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization (MED-V) documentation library is now available. To view the most recent MED-V documentation library, see

Client Installation Prerequisites

This section lists the prerequisites for the MED-V client installation:

  • Client system requirements

  • Antivirus/backup software configuration

  • Installing and configuring Microsoft Virtual PC 2007

Client System Requirements

The required system configuration for use of the MED-V client is provided in the following table.

Required System Configuration


Minimum: 1 GB

Recommended: 2 GB

Operating system

Windows XP SP2/3 (Professional, Home), Vista SP1 (Enterprise, Home Basic, Home Premium, Business, Ultimate) 32-bit

Web browser

Microsoft Internet Explorer 6 SP2, 7.0

File system


Supported locales

English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese (Brazil), Spanish

Antivirus/Backup Software Configuration

To prevent antivirus activity from affecting the performance of the virtual desktop, it is recommended where possible to exclude the following virtual machine file types from any antivirus or backup processing running on the host:

  • *.VMC

  • *.VUD

  • *.VSV

  • *.CKM

  • *.EVHD

Installing and Configuring Microsoft Virtual PC 2007 SP1

If Virtual PC for Windows exists on the host computer, uninstall it before installing Virtual PC 2007 SP1.

To install Microsoft Virtual PC 2007 SP1

  1. Download Virtual PC 2007 SP1 from the Microsoft Download Center Virtual PC 2007 SP1.

  2. Run the installation file on the host computer, and follow the wizard.

  3. Install Virtual PC 2007 SP1 update on the host computer in elevated mode.

    For more information, see Hotfix rollup package for Virtual PC 2007 Service Pack 1.

    The Virtual PC 2007 SP1 update is required to run Virtual PC 2007 SP1.

Installing MED-V Using the MED-V Client .msi Package

The following MED-V components are included in the client .msi package:

  • MED-V Client—The MED-V software that must be installed on client computers for running MED-V workspaces.

  • MED-V Management console—The administrative tool that administrators can use to create and maintain images, MED-V workspaces, and policies.

The MED-V management console and the MED-V client are both installed from the MED-V client .msi package. The MED-V client, however, can be installed independently without the MED-V management console by clearing the Install the MED-V Management application check box during installation.

MED-V client and management can only be installed on Windows 7, Windows Vista, and Windows XP computers. They cannot be installed on server products.

Do not install the MED-V client using the Windows runas command.

To install the MED-V client

  1. Log in as a user with local administrator rights on the local computer.

  2. Run the MED-V .msi package.

    The MED-V .msi package is called MED-V_x.msi, where x is the version number.

    For example, MED-V_1.0.65.msi.

  3. When the InstallShield Wizard Welcome screen appears, click Next.

  4. On the License Agreement screen, read the license agreement, click I accept the terms in the license agreement, and click Next.

    The Destination Folder screen appears, with the default installation folder displayed.

    The default installation folder is the directory where the operating system is installed.

    • To change the folder where MED-V should be installed, click Change, and browse to an existing folder.

  5. Click Next.

  6. On the MED-V Settings screen, configure the MED-V installation as follows:

    • Select the Install the MED-V management application check box to include the management component in the installation.

      Enterprise Desktop Virtualization administrators should install the MED-V management application. This application is required for configuring desktop images and MED-V workspaces.

    • Select the Load MED-V when Windows starts check box to start MED-V automatically on startup.

    • Select the Add a MED-V shortcut to my desktop check box to create a MED-V shortcut on your desktop.

    • In the Server address field, type the server address.

    • In the Server port field, type the server's port.

    • Select the Server requires encrypted connections (https) check box to work with https.

    • The default virtual machine images folder is displayed. The default installation folder is %systemdrive%\MED-V Images\. To change the folder where MED-V should be installed, click Change, and browse to an existing folder.

  7. Click Next.

  8. On the Ready to Install the Program screen, click Install.

    The MED-V client installation starts. This can take several minutes, and the screen might not display text. During installation, several progress screens appear. If a message appears, follow the instructions provided.

    Upon successful installation, the InstallShield Wizard Completed screen appears.

  9. Click Finish to close the wizard.