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Windows 7: XP Mode or Virtual PC doesn't start


19 Jan 2010   #1

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 
XP Mode or Virtual PC doesn't start

Hello!

I've been struggling with this problem for a while and thought that I might get some help here.

I have a Thinkpad T500 with Windows 7 Pro 64-bit installed, and I need VPN connection to my library. The library handles only Cisco clients properly, so I have to use the provided Cisco 32-bit client. So I thought about installing XP Mode to solve my problems.

I downloaded and installed the files and turned CPU support on in BIOS, but if I try to start Virtual PC or XP Mode, usually visually nothing happens. Vpc.exe does show up as a process and system log contains a line Virtual PC has successfully started (or the Hungarian equivalent...). But nothing else.

Sometimes I can make it to the next screen and actually try to start XP Mode. It always start as a new installation, asks for some configuration options like login, and then says it configures itself. Then nothing happens. Right now I can't describe the exact sequence, as I can't even reach that point.

I'd be very grateful for any ideas on this problem...

Regards,
Luxa

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19 Jan 2010   #2

windows 7
 
 

can you check if XP Mode is indeed installed? it's in c:\program files\Windows XP Mode.
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20 Jan 2010   #3

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

Yes, I've checked, it is there.
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20 Jan 2010   #4

windows 7
 
 

what happens if you run this in command prompt:

vpcwizard.exe /defaultvm

does it launch a window?
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20 Jan 2010   #5

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

No, it loads a bit then nothing happens. System log contains Virtual PC has successfully started as usual.
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20 Jan 2010   #6

windows 7
 
 

This is so weird. Do you actually see any virtual machine created?

search inside your user name folder, c:\users\your-usr-id\..., a file called "Windows XP Mode.vmcx".

usually, "c:\users\your-id\Virtual Machines\Windows XP Mode.vmcx"
maybe you can post it here.
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21 Jan 2010   #7

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

Yes there is a virtual machine called Windows XP Mode.wmcx, contents are the following:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-16"?>
<!-- Microsoft Virtual Machine Description and Registration Settings -->
<vm_description>
<ram_size type="string">512 MB</ram_size>
<vmstate type="string">Kikapcsolva</vmstate> (Kikapcsolva means turned off)
<vmc_path type="string">C:\Users\Luxa\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows Virtual PC\Virtuális gépek\Windows XP Mode.vmc</vmc_path>
<primary_disk1 type="string">C:\Users\Luxa\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows Virtual PC\Virtuális gépek\Windows XP Mode.vhd</primary_disk1>
<secondary_disk1 type="string" />
</vm_description>

Also since then I've managed to reach both the VM setting window (the one listing the Virtual Machine subdirectory) and get XP Mode right until the question about if I want to activate security updates but thereafter it did nothing as usual (the same scenario I mentioned in my first post). I really don't know what is different between these times and the others...

So the logs from this morning are the following (translated from Hungarian, so there might be some errors):
The recovery disks of Windows XP Mode have been cancelled (ID 86)
The hibernated state of Windows XP Mode has been cancelled (ID 85)
System has deleted C:\Users\Luxa\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows Virtual PC\Virtuális gépek\Windows XP Mode.vmc configuration file (ID 7)
The program has created C:\Users\Luxa\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows Virtual PC\Virtuális gépek\Windows XP Mode.vhd virtual harddisk (ID 175)
The system has created C:\Users\Luxa\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows Virtual PC\Virtuális gépek\Windows XP Mode.vmc configuration file (ID 6)

It looks like the VM has been created and subsequent starts delete it.
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21 Jan 2010   #8

windows 7
 
 

can you delete this vm using virtual PC? then create a new one.
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21 Jan 2010   #9

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

I deleted the old one and created two new Virtual PCs. One with using the default settings:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-16"?>
<!-- Microsoft Virtual Machine Description and Registration Settings -->
<vm_description>
<ram_size type="string">512 MB</ram_size>
<vmstate type="string">Fut</vmstate> (means running)
<primary_disk1 type="string">C:\Users\Luxa\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows Virtual PC\Virtuális gépek\VMTeszt.vhd</primary_disk1>
<secondary_disk1 type="string">E</secondary_disk1>
<notes type="string" />
<vmc_path type="string">C:\Users\Luxa\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows Virtual PC\Virtuális gépek\VMTeszt.vmc</vmc_path>
</vm_description>

and one using the vhd in the XP Mode directory as hard disk:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-16"?>
<!-- Microsoft Virtual Machine Description and Registration Settings -->
<vm_description>
<ram_size type="string">512 MB</ram_size>
<vmstate type="string">Kikapcsolva</vmstate> (means turned off)
<vmc_path type="string">C:\Users\Luxa\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows Virtual PC\Virtuális gépek\XP Mode Teszt.vmc</vmc_path>
<primary_disk1 type="string">C:\Program Files\Windows XP Mode\Windows XP Mode base.vhd</primary_disk1>
<secondary_disk1 type="string">E</secondary_disk1>
</vm_description>

I was able to start the first one, its status changed to running, it wrote a line stating this (ID 80) to the system log and right now it consumes 9980 K of RAM and the full CPU core it occupies. But I have no graphic output or anything else.
The second one did not start.
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21 Jan 2010   #10

windows 7
 
 

those settings file are looking good. Really strange there are so many problems.

I recommend you try our VMLite, it's better than VPC anyway.
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