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Windows 7: Windows XP Mode Fails to complete Setup Win 7 Ult 64-bit


26 Dec 2011   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 
Windows XP Mode Fails to complete Setup Win 7 Ult 64-bit

I recently set up a new computer, and managed to get a copy of Win 7 Ultimate. However, I get an ambiguous error when I attempt to set up the Windows XP Mode. I'm able to boot a virtual machine, and my CPU's VM options are turned on.

Here's my comp specs:
MB: ASUS M5A97 AM3+ chipset
CPU: AMD FX-6100 six-core
HD: 60 GB SSD (windows)
HD2: 1 TB (for data)
HD3: 1.5 TB (more data)
OS: Windows 7 Ultimate Edition 64-bit

What I have tried so far:
Uninstalling and reinstalling the XP Mode and VM update, installing the VM update first, then the XP Mode.

Does it matter where on the HD I create the Windows XP Mode, and does it have to be on the same drive as the Win 7 install?

What size exactly in bites is the Windows XP Mode installer file supposed to be?

Help!


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26 Dec 2011   #2

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by TheGeek007 View Post
I recently set up a new computer, and managed to get a copy of Win 7 Ultimate.
Highlighted sentence in the quote above can explain this. VPC / XP Mode checks you are running a authentic, licensed version of Windows 7. If Windows does not pass authentication test, XP Mode wont run.

Kari
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26 Dec 2011   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kari View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by TheGeek007 View Post
I recently set up a new computer, and managed to get a copy of Win 7 Ultimate.
Highlighted sentence in the quote above can explain this. VPC / XP Mode checks you are running a authentic, licensed version of Windows 7. If Windows does not pass authentication test, XP Mode wont run.

Kari
Perhaps I should have been more clear. I work for a retailer so I was able to get an AUTHENTIC copy of Win 7 Ultimate, using Microsoft's Expert Zone. So unless Microsoft sent me a bad activation key, it should be genuine. My apologies.
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26 Dec 2011   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, XP Mode, W8.1 Preview VM - 7 Pro x64 second remote tower
 
 

Well now that is expressed better perhaps a question on how you went about installing the newer VPC and XP Mode will explain why you are running into problems. Did you restart the system following the installation of the MS Virtual PC prior to trying to run the installer for the XP Mode?

If not the XP Mode install will fail every time! If you attempted to install the XP Mode first that certainly won't work and immediately stall on you. First you proceed with the installation of the VPC itself.

As soon as the installation is complete and verified to be present you restart the system. Once you are back at the desktop you should be able to install the XP Mode without problem as long as you... note! made sure the virtualization option in the Bios setup is enabled. That would have to be done prior to trying to install the VPC.

If you still see problems or if you want to check now to see if all of the necessary hardware support for virtualization is present go for the Hardware-Assisted Virtualization Detection Tool

Please read this page first however where the link for that is seen and be sure to download the 64bit version of the tool. Windows Virtual PC: Configure BIOS

Welcome to SF by the way!
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27 Dec 2011   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Night Hawk View Post
Well now that is expressed better perhaps a question on how you went about installing the newer VPC and XP Mode will explain why you are running into problems. Did you restart the system following the installation of the MS Virtual PC prior to trying to run the installer for the XP Mode?

If not the XP Mode install will fail every time! If you attempted to install the XP Mode first that certainly won't work and immediately stall on you. First you proceed with the installation of the VPC itself.
I restarted the system after the VPC install, and then installed the Win XP Mode. Still no dice. From the setup window, it appears not to be able to start the virtual machine. I was able to create other blank virtual machines and start them ok.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Night Hawk View Post
As soon as the installation is complete and verified to be present you restart the system. Once you are back at the desktop you should be able to install the XP Mode without problem as long as you... note! made sure the virtualization option in the Bios setup is enabled. That would have to be done prior to trying to install the VPC.

If you still see problems or if you want to check now to see if all of the necessary hardware support for virtualization is present go for the Hardware-Assisted Virtualization Detection Tool

Please read this page first however where the link for that is seen and be sure to download the 64bit version of the tool. Windows Virtual PC: Configure BIOS

Welcome to SF by the way!
Ran the tool and it said hardware acceleration for VPC was on, I checked my BIOS and it was on by default. Anything in the BIOS that would possibly be the cause?

Could it have anything to do with multiple Hard Drives?
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27 Dec 2011   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, XP Mode, W8.1 Preview VM - 7 Pro x64 second remote tower
 
 

Well for the last part of that I run 4 internal HDs and one external usb enclosure for a 5ht 1tb drive there. That wouldn't have any effect since a VM is created and runs from one drive.

The board here as well as most new boards now being seen will have the virtualization option enabled by default. Many older boards from just a few years ago however won't be enabled by default however since the MS VPC 2007 was new at the time.

Besides the VM support option being enabled the only other thing that immediately comes to mind shouldn't even effect you since it applies to certain Intel model cpus(Core 2) not an AMD AM2 or newer. You might need to get a patch from AMD however that wasn't seen in the Windows updates as an optional hardware update. Since the hex core models are the latest line that would be something to consider.

The last resort and alternative option in order to get the XP Mode running besides the VPC however would be going with the VMLite Workstation which will even download and install the XP Mode for you if not simply browsing to the folder you already downloaded to.
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27 Dec 2011   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Night Hawk View Post
The last resort and alternative option in order to get the XP Mode running besides the VPC however would be going with the VMLite Workstation which will even download and install the XP Mode for you if not simply browsing to the folder you already downloaded to.
I'm not familiar with that software, where would I get it?

Also, I can get other VM's up and running, is there any way to manually install Win XP Mode by using a copy of the .vhd file found in the /Windows XP Mode folder?
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27 Dec 2011   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, XP Mode, W8.1 Preview VM - 7 Pro x64 second remote tower
 
 

First I'll send you right to the main page for Welcome to the VMLite

All you do is watch the banner on the page that shows Android v4 vm until it changes to the download page or go direct to VMLite XP Mode Overview

Eventually you get to the download page but first need to registar with them once you click the download button on the page at Download

And no you can't install the XP Mode by even clicking on any vhd file since that's a Virtual Hard Disk file there. The VMLireWorkstationSetup.exe file is the actual installer which then downloads the XP Mode itself from MS or allows you to browse to the file you already downloaded earlier as part of the set up itself.

In fact one of the VMLite's developers is here at SF and was told about this running well on the old single core cpu when trying it out on that old Socket A case with 2ghz chip in it. As far as other VMs for other OSs if not Windows you might end up needing the retail version of VM Ware for that.

Or you can go with open source wares like the Oracble VirtualBox found at https://www.virtualbox.org/ While this one is also flexible as far as OSs it does tend to be a project getting the integrated components option to work. That allows you direct access while in the VM itself to browse not only the host drive but every other drive on the system.
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27 Dec 2011   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

Ok, I'll give it a go and report back.

I'm attempting to use Windows XP Mode for an odd reason, and perhaps you could tell me if its even possible. You see, I play this game called Dungeon Fighter Online, and I use an XBOX 360 controller and Joy 2 Key. I also found that you could use a Chatpad using an experimental driver, but you have to disable signed drivers every time you boot win 7 64 bit. My hope was to install the drivers on win XP mode (that didn't require signed drivers) and then run the chatpad control app in Win XP Mode. My hunch is that the VM won't see the USB Joystick easily, and won't output the keyboard keys to windows 7.

Really sucks that something I paid good money for doesn't work.
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27 Dec 2011   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, XP Mode, W8.1 Preview VM - 7 Pro x64 second remote tower
 
 

That spells a different story alright! Generally any VM is not actually any place for gaming in general. I guess someone here managed to get Steam on but as a rule you are only allotted about 128mb tops for most VMs.

The full retail version of VM Ware might see more with that as far as the latest version out. But you might also run into problems with the addon controllers especially the one for X-Box 360! VMLite and WM Ware is by SUN Microsystems not MS. Thought I would caution you on that.

The main idea behind the XP Mode from the start by MS was mainly aimed at business interests who still had too much tied up with XP. This would allow them to upgrade and still run the older desktop apps they use on a daily basis.

In face VMs as a rule tend to have problems with anything usb which also includes detection and access to external drives, flash/pen drives, and sharing a printer has to work with the host OS if at all. This is where the Integrated Components feature would be used to share files between VM and host in order to be able to print out or network anything worked on in the XP Mode and then saved/shared with the host OS.

Initially I even tried DosBox on the XP Mode when first seen in beta back in '09 for a test but obviously got nowhere trying to see a dos window emulated on a VM! I still wanted to see how it would go however.
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