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Windows 7: XP Mode Desktop crashes

17 Jan 2011   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64
 
 
XP Mode Desktop crashes

I loade XP Mode onto Win 7 HP 64 and the desk top crashes 98% of the time when loading. I press "Restore My Active Desktop" and nothing happens - always have to restore manually. I have deactivated the active destop and tried sevral things. Thanks....

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21 Jan 2011   #2

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Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center
 
 

This might be because of the edition of your Windows 7. XP Mode checks the edition when launched, and because it is only meant to be run on Ultimate and Enterprise, it normally does not run at all on Home Premium.

The only valid way to use XP Mode, according to the EULA (End User License Agreement), is to install it on Windows 7 Ultimate or Enterprise.

Kari
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21 Jan 2011   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium 64
 
 

I finally got the "Restore Desktop" button working by reinstalling, but it still crashes most of the time.
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21 Jan 2011   #4

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Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center
 
 

I honestly believe the reason being what I told you in my previous post. XP Mode checks the edition of your Windows 7, finds it's an edition not allowed to run XP Mode and terminates it.

Valid methods for you as a Home Premium user would be to download install XP from your own install media to a virtual machine in Virtual PC, VirtualBox or VMware. The XP install media should be valid and licensed, you'll also need a product key.

Kari
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21 Jan 2011   #5

Windows 7 home premium x64
 
 

Not available for Home premium. Try Vmware player, it's a doddle.
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21 Jan 2011   #6

Windows 7 Home Premium 64
 
 

Everything works except when the destop first opens. Don't like VMWare because of the way the controls are set up.
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