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Windows 7: How to skillfully shut down an XP Mode "virtual" application

30 Oct 2012   #1

Windows 7 (XP, by Virtualization)
How to skillfully shut down an XP Mode "virtual" application

Hi Everyone,

I am using Windows 7 x64 Professional, and in order to run an old application I have installed XP Mode.

I launch the application directly through XP Mode rather than manually running an XP OS instance (and then subsequently loading the old program once XP loads). What this means is that my old program once loaded looks like a standard program with minimize, maximize, and close (red cross) buttons (with the one minor exception being that the program buttons look like XP rather than Windows 7 - please see below).

If I click on the standard "red cross" to shut the program down, although the program is no longer on screen it is still in memory. I know this because every time that I restart or shutdown my computer I see a message stating something along the lines of "A program is stopping Windows from ..." - I then click on "Force Close" and the restart / shutdown proceeds as expected.

Is there any way of skillfully shutting the XP Mode Application down, so that I don't see the Force Close message when I restart / shutdown my Windows 7 computer?

Any help will be greatly appreciated.

Kind Regards,


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