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Windows 7: making the bridge between Win7 and WinXP-mode permanent

15 Jan 2012   #1

Win7 Ultimate x32
making the bridge between Win7 and WinXP-mode permanent

I installed WinXP-mode to regain the use of a scanner for which there are no Windows 7 drivers; and then I found I could continue using Outlook Express as my email client. I also discovered that dragging items from one desktop to another is NOT possible; BUT from WinXP, I can 'look into' the Windows 7 system. So I created a folder in the root of Windows 7 as a 'clearing house' for file exchange between Windows 7 and WinXP. For convenience, I put a shortcut to that folder on the WinXP desktop. Sad to say, its viability lasts only for the session. When the Windows 7 PC shuts down, the link to that shortcut is broken. Is there a way to make it permanent ?

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15 Jan 2012   #2

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Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center

I don't know if this solution would suit your needs, but I have solved this issue by relocating XP Mode My documents folder to host system. This lets me access XP Mode documents even when XP Mode is not running. Also vice versa; if I save files on host in this folder, they are available to XP Mode next time I run it.

Check this post and see if it could work for you.

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15 Jan 2012   #3

Win7 Ultimate x32

It's a very interesting suggestion and MAY do what I want - but there is a sting in the tail. An unsolicited filling up of WinXP's My Documents with links to Windows 7's desktop occurred. I MAY have to live with that, but certainly do not WANT it.
A second (more careful) attempt placed a copy of the contents of WinXP's My Documents into a newly created folder on WinXP's desktop - that is not linkage between Windows 7 & WinXP.
Despite my whinges above, I have managed to do it. THANK YOU SOOO MUCH. The linkage survives closing of V.P.C. !
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