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Windows 7: Is it possible to have two XP virtual machines?

18 Dec 2010   #1
Jeffs

Win 7 x64 Professional
 
 
Is it possible to have two XP virtual machines?

I would like to have two independent XP virtual machines. I already have it installed, and have some programs installed in it. I'd like to create another XP machine which is completely independent to the other that I can install software I'd like to test. When I'd done testing, I'll just delete this new VM, and create a new one for future use.

Can someone explain how I would go about doing this, step-by-step?

Install 2nd instance, then delete when done.

Thanks.


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19 Dec 2010   #2
arkhi

Windows 2000 5.0 Build 2195
 
 

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19 Dec 2010   #3
Jeffs

Win 7 x64 Professional
 
 

I followed the steps exactly. It doesn't seem to work for me.

After I'm all done, I double click on

C:\Users\Jeff\Virtual Machines\Windows XP Mode - Copy.vmcx

to start the copy virtual XP machine, and I get the following (attached below).

Also, at the instant I double click on the file (in the hope this will start the copy VM), the file C:\Users\Jeff\Virtual Machines\Windows XP Mode - Copy.vmcx disappears (it deletes itself).

I copied the files exactly as described. I double checked the editing of the .vmc file and the .vmcx file.

Can anyone offer any help? Am I missing something?


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19 Dec 2010   #4
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

For starters you would need 2 product keys. If you use Virtual Box, you can have as many as you want. Make sure you install the Guest Additions inside the XP system.
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19 Dec 2010   #5
Jeffs

Win 7 x64 Professional
 
 

Not Virtual Box, using the Virtual machine included with Win 7 Pro X64.
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19 Dec 2010   #6
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Jeffs View Post
Not Virtual Box, using the Virtual machine included with Win 7 Pro X64.
I was afraid of that.
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19 Dec 2010   #7
Lemur

Systems 1 and 2: Windows 7 Enterprise x64, Win 8 Developer
 
 

I'm with WHS. If not virtualbox, then VMWare player. They're both free, excellent, and easy to set up.
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19 Dec 2010   #8
Jeffs

Win 7 x64 Professional
 
 

Are you implying I can't do this with the Windows VM> The article I was referred to said nothing about it not working with Windows.
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20 Dec 2010   #9
Kari

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

 

I just tested the procedure as described in tutorial, once again. Absolutely no problems.

Did you shut down instead of hibernate the XP Mode before trying this? Default closing action when clicking the Close button for XP Mode is to hibernate. It must be shut down before copied.

Shut down XP Mode. Delete Windows XP Mode.vmc.backup from %userprofile%\AppDta\Local\Microsoft\Windows Virtual PC\Virtual Machines. Also, if file Windows XP Mode.vsv exists in this location you should now delete it. A .vsv file is the same than hiberfile.sys on real physical computers, containing hibernation information. It only exists when XP Mode is running, or when it is hibernated. When XP Mode is closed but this file exists, it simply means XP Mode is hibernated instead of shut down. Deleting the .vsv file "shuts down" XP Mode by deleting hibernation data.

Try now the copy procedure once again, following instructions exactly as written.

Copying XP Mode, having several XP Mode virtual machines, does not require additional product keys for activation. You are entitled to run as many copies as you wish, as long as you have Windows 7 Professional or better.

Kari
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20 Dec 2010   #10
Jeffs

Win 7 x64 Professional
 
 

I did "Shut Down", yes. "Machine Status" of C:\Users\Jeff\Virtual Machines\Windows XP Mode - Copy.vmcx is "Powered Down".

Am I correct in trying to start the copy XP machine by double clicking on the .vmcx file? If not, what is the correct procedure to start the copy XP machine, as it does not show anywhere else.
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