To close a virtual machine, from the virtual machine window, you can either click the X button in the upper right corner, or click Close on the Action menu. When you close a virtual machine, you will either be prompted to choose the type of action to use to close the virtual machine, or the action will occur automatically, based on how the virtual machine is configured. You can change this configuration by following the steps in this topic.

A virtual machine can be hibernated, shut down, or turned off. The following are descriptions of each action:

You can configure Windows Virtual PC so that you are prompted to choose an option each time you close the virtual machine, or so that the option you specify is always performed automatically.

To configure the close option
  1. Do one of the following:

    • In the Virtual Machines folder, right-click the name of the virtual machine, and then click Settings.

    • From the virtual machine window, click the Tools menu, and then click Settings.

  2. In the left pane of the Settings window, click Close.

  3. In the right pane, either select an option under Automatically close with the following option, or select Prompt for action to be able to choose the action each time the virtual machine is closed.

  4. Click OK to save the change.

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