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Windows 7: XP Mode real C: drive as the local C: drive


20 Dec 2009   #1

Win 7 Ultimate
 
 
XP Mode real C: drive as the local C: drive

Under XP mode under Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit, neither My Computer nor
in a Commannd Box shows my actual C drive.

I can see in My Computer under Other the "C on HOSTNAME" and that is
my "real" C drive, and I can see all folders there.

How do I access the "real" C drive from a Command Box?

Where is that "Local C" drive located?

If I save a file into that XP "Local" C drive, where the heck will that be stored?

BarryM

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20 Dec 2009   #2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center
 
 

Hello Barry, welcome to the Seven Forums.

With our internal search I found this thread. Check it, I believe it is what you are looging for.

Kari
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20 Dec 2009   #3

Win 7 Ultimate
 
 

Thanks for taking the time to research and reply!

That sure looked like it would solve the problem, but I get
The Network Path Was Not Found when I attempt anything
in the command box.

I've verified Integratiom Services was started
(the net start ... command reported it was already running),
but DIR \\HPENVY\C or NET USE X: \\HPENVY\C both
tell me that network path was not found
(yet the other drives in My computer show C ON HPENVY so I
didn't have a spelling problem!).
My System SpecsSystem Spec
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20 Dec 2009   #4

Win 7 Ultimate
 
 

Problem Solved, but I sure don't know where it is documented.

The HostName of the XP box is not the name of the hardware, but, apparently,
a microsoft chosen name of tsclient, since I can now see the "real" drive
with dir \\tsclient\c and the suggested solution net use x: \\tsclient\c works
just fine.

So my ancient DOS DATAFLEX 3.2n STILL LIVES (since 1984 my company database!!)

Merrilly Christmas,

Barry Merrill
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13 Jan 2010   #5

Win 7
 
 
XP Mode (XPM) C Drive Location

I got the printers working in XPM but where is the XP Mode drive c: located on the Win 7 machine drive c:?

Thanks, Chris
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13 Jan 2010   #6

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by fessfl View Post
I got the printers working in XPM but where is the XP Mode drive c: located on the Win 7 machine drive c:?

Thanks, Chris
It is located, as everything else in XP Mode, in the virtual hard disk file (vhd) located by default in C:\Users\Your_Username\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows Virtual PC\Virtual Machines.

You can access it only when XP Mode is running, or if you mount it on another virtual machine as a secondary hard disk, or use Disk Management to mount it to your system.

Kari
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13 Jan 2010   #7

Win 7
 
 

Thanks Kari,

I take it that means it's sorta' "zipped" into the VHD file. I guess backing up files would happen from the XP side of the OS.

Chris
My System SpecsSystem Spec
13 Jan 2010   #8

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center
 
 

You can backup your XP Mode virtual machine simply by copying following files to a new location:
  • Windows XP Mode.vhd, Windows XP Mode.vmc and Windows XP Mode.vsv from C:\Users\Your_Username\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows Virtual PC\Virtual Machines
  • Windows XP Mode.vmcx from C:\Users\Your_Username\Virtual Machines
Notice that the vsv-file exists only if you have hibernated your XP Mode. If XP Mode is turned off instead of hibernating, this file does not exist, or when exists needs not to be copied.

Later you can then re-install your OS and XP Mode & Virtual PC and then copy these files back to their respective folders.

Kari
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