I am running Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit with 8GB memory with an i7 processor on a new PC that I bought 2 months ago. I had some compatibility issues with some of the programs on my old XP machine, so I downloaded and installed the Virtual PC software to run XP mode. This was working quite happily until last night.
I had two users logged on, and one of these (me) was using Pinnacle Studo V14, having previously started XP mode using the XPMUser id. I had saved what I was doing, and left the PC for a while, so it went into hibernate mode. When I then reactivated the machine, and tried to use the XP session, I got a small window with some error message - didn't get chance to read it fully, but it was saying that Windows couldn't do something. Then it brought up the prompt for the password for XPMuser. I entered the correct code (I think), and it brought up the small "loading your settings" screen (that is normally there momentarily) on a background that was otherwise totally black, and this hung forever.
And now, that's all it does in XP mode! Everything under Windows 7 is still OK, but as soon as I start XP mode, it just hangs on the same "loading ...." screen on a black background. I can't get it to close, shutdown, or anything in XP mode - although it will let me select the Tools > Settings dialogue. However, the only way I can end this is to use Ctrl/Alt/Del in Windows 7, get the Task Manager, and end the XP mode task, and Windows 7 will then carry on OK. Even if I shut the whole PC down, power off and everything, as soon as I restart it, the same thing happens as soon as I try to start XP. I don't even get the normal XP start up logo and screens etc, it goes straight to the "loading ... " screen!
I'm guessing that it's trying to find some sort of credentials for XPMUser and failing to do so - anyone any ideas on what's missing and how to get it back?