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Windows 7: Virtual PC and Virtual XP


29 Nov 2009   #1

Windows 7 x64
 
 
Virtual PC and Virtual XP

My system says I have both these programs installed on my system but I am not able to find them. How do I search to see if the programs are installed?

Or how do I reinstall? Every time I try it tells me the programs are installed and wont fix or reinstall them.


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29 Nov 2009   #2

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Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center
 
 

You can launch your Virtual XP Mode by clicking , the All Programs and scrolling down to the entry Windows Virtual PC.

You can also go to C:\Users\Your_username\Virtual Machines folder. If the Virtual PC and Virtual XP Mode are installed, you'll find all your virtual machines there.

Kari
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29 Nov 2009   #3

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Thanks for the help. It seems the system didn't start the service. Once I got the service started I was able to see the Virtural PC in my program list.
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16 Dec 2009   #4

Win 7
 
 

OK, i have something similar but not. I have all the programs running. I have XP mode running in my list of virtual systems but I can't get it to open. I do the START and all programs, etc and the mouse spins for a moment and then nothing! I did a reboot of Win 7 and the best I got was "no permission to start this program'. I am the admin, i am a user with full control. So where am i without permission? I will try the comment about C:\Users\Your_username\Virtual Machines folder and see if it works. As of now many hours without success. i am getting well versed on this though. any comments appreciated.
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16 Dec 2009   #5

Win 7
 
 

Ok, same thing happens. Mouse spins for a moment and then nothing. So what to do?
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16 Dec 2009   #6

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Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center
 
 

Jhampa, do you get an error message? Have you enabled virtualization in your BIOS?

Kari
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17 Dec 2009   #7

Win 7
 
 
BIOS fine

Hi,
Yes, BIOS is fine. Someone said I have to give permissions to open and use folders and files as it was not inherited. His reference was: Windows 7 Take Ownership & Grant Permissions to Access Files & Folder

I am trying to do this now but I get a 'inconsistency' for granting permission to that folder with users and now i might have messed that up. I am trying to bring it back to the original settings. Funny how when we change things and it should be 'easy' that it always ends up taking hours and hours to make it work.
If you have other suggestions, please share them. I will put another reply if I get this to work with the above suggestion.

JS
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17 Dec 2009   #8

Win 7
 
 

Ok, I reloaded Win 7 totally so the system was empty of any mistakes I might have made earlier. Clean install of both XP Mode and Virtual. Bios is active. I also went to the site above and downloaded a program for 'right click take ownership' and did that.
Now what was different this time was when I clicked start, all programs, virtural and then XP mode nothing happened, so i went to start, all programs, Virtual and it openned a window with the virtual drives on it. None were there so I created one. Now it is there and "hibernating". I right mouse clicked to make sure i owned it and even then it will not fire up. I went back to start, all prgrams, vitual PC and XP mode and still, nothing happens. The mouse spins for a few moments and the hard drive runs also and then nothing. Really got me beat this time.
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18 Dec 2009   #9

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center
 
 

Jhampa, do you have all these files:
  • Windows XP Mode base.vhd (C:\Program Files\Windows XP Mode\Windows XP Mode base.vhd)
    • XP Mode base, should stay intact and always be placed here
  • Windows XP Mode.vhd (C:\Users\Your_Username\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows Virtual PC\Virtual Machines\Windows XP Mode.vhd)
    • Virtual Machine virtual hard drive image
  • Windows XP Mode.vmc (C:\Users\Your_Username\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows Virtual PC\Virtual Machines\Windows XP Mode.vmc)
    • Virtual Machine settings file
  • Windows XP Mode.vmcx (C:\Users\Your_Username\Virtual Machines\Windows XP Mode.vmcx)
    • Virtual Machine description and registration settings
Let's start from this. See if you can find all these files needed for XP Mode to run.

Kari
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19 Dec 2009   #10

Win 7
 
 

Thanks for the detailed help. I am reasonably well educated on computers so with your help i should be able to fix it. So give me today to work on it and i will report back.
JS
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