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Windows 7: It's NOT Starting the virtual machine...

18 Oct 2010   #11

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit

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I think I know what happen... The memory file is somehow corrupted, go to "C:\Users\[your_user_name]\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows Virtual PC\Virtual Machines" (or any other path where you placed your VM), see if you can find a .vsv (Virtual machine Saved State) file. If you do find it, delete it. Once it's deleted your virtual machine will "restart" as if it was turned off.


Edit: do shut the VM down prior deleting the file...
Thanks, zzz2496. I'll try that tonight.

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01 Feb 2011   #12

Win7Pro & XPpro

Thread revive! My issue wasn't caused by a power failure, but by the virtual machine haning when restarting it for a software installation. I had to kill it,,, well, didn't have to, but I ran out of patience.

My virtual machine then didn't boot. After timing out (didn't record the time taken), it errored refering to 'integration features'.

I disabled integration features (no note thereon here), but that only got the machine into a cmd type window, which seemed to have no functionality. The virtual machine would then only go into hibernation, not shut down.

Resolution [same as zzz2496 above]: delete(or move away) the virtual machines '.vsv' file in %drive%:\Users\%yourUserName%\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows Virtual PC\Virtual Machines. That's where mine was anyrate.

The vsv is a 'sleep' cache?

Note that I couldn't powerdown the virtual machine as zzz2496 suggested, because it would only hibernate. So that file was deleted while the machine was 'hibernating'.

The virtual machine booted successfully after the deletion. I've not checked what happened to the installation that prompted the failed restart, because it's only a test machine and not critical or used much. However, the 'fix' worked and the machine reboots and seems to operate normally.

I attempted to re-create the problem so I could get screen shots. But after copying the corrupted 'vsv' file back (I'd not deleted it, just moved it out of the way), the virtual machine still booted fully. That suggests the 'vsv' by itself wasn't the issue? The fix nevertheless worked for me.
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02 Feb 2011   #13

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The .vsv file is like the hiberfile.sys in a real computer, it contains the hibernation data. It only exists when a Virtual PC virtual machine is running or hibernated, being automatically deleted every time the vm is shut down.

Deleting .vsv file manually causes a vm to reboot because it can no longer find hibernation data. If the hibernation caused some relaunch issues, I would not restore the .vsv file to its original location. Instead, shut the vm down once which causes .vsv being deleted and a new one created when vm is launched next time.

A list of different XP Mode files and their descriptions can be found in the beginning of this tutorial: Virtual XP Machine - Copy

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03 Feb 2011   #14

Win7Pro & XPpro

Thanks Kari. Well worth the reference.

However, this thread is about a VM not starting, as mine wouldn't. Also, mine would not shut down, so the vsv file would not go away by itself.

And I only 'restored' the vsv file to try to get better details for this thread. I'd not recommend doing it in the real worl either. I guess others might misinterpret my post, so your clarification is well placed.

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03 Feb 2011   #15

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient


If you can not start the XP Mode (or any other Virtual PC vm) after first closing it, then deleting the .vsv file and finally relaunching it, the best alternative is to move the original vhd to a safe location, reinstall XP mode and attach the original vhd as hard disk 2 to be able to recover personal files and folders.

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27 Feb 2011   #16

Windows 7 Pro x64
It's STILL not Starting - the virtual machine...

I have had the same problem running Windows Virtual XP under W7-Pro x64. I found that I did have a .VSV file and deleted it as suggested by zzz2496.

When I tried restarting VXP, I still had exactly the same symptoms as Slimbone reported back in October.

Is there anything I should try before reinstalling?
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