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Windows 7: Move shortcut from XP virtual to WIN7 desktop


31 Jan 2010   #1

Vista Ultimate
 
 
Move shortcut from XP virtual to WIN7 desktop

I have some old games that for some reason will not install with the XP virtual machine. I do have these games from the old installation folder and they will run in XP virtual mode. How do I or can I move these shortcuts from the XP virtual desktop to the Windows 7 start menu so I can launch them from the Windows 7 start menu (Windows Virtual PC - Windows XP Mode Applications).



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31 Jan 2010   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit) *** Windows XP SP3 (32-bit), OSX 10.6
 
 

Hi artzelda,

In Virtual PC, go to My Computer and open your Windows 7 partition. Anything you copy there will be accessible from Windows 7, so copy your game folders to Program Files and then in Windows 7, navigate to the folder you just copied and right click the game .exe to create a shortcut for your Start menu.

Let me know if you have any questions.

Cheers,

Walker
Windows Outreach Team
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01 Feb 2010   #3

Vista Ultimate
 
 

I must be doing something wrong. When in XP virtual mode I went to the file I wanted to copy (WEP1) and copied it to the virtual C partition that contains Windows 7 (C:\programs in virtual mode) I then went to the actual Windows 7 partition and tried to launch the app and the message states it is incompatible with Windows 7. What am I doing incorrectly??
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02 Feb 2010   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit) *** Windows XP SP3 (32-bit), OSX 10.6
 
 

What is the exact text of the error message you're getting?
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02 Feb 2010   #5

Vista Ultimate
 
 

See attachment for error message.


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04 Feb 2010   #6

Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit) *** Windows XP SP3 (32-bit), OSX 10.6
 
 

Hi artzelda,

I apologize, I think I misunderstood what it is you wanted to do. Let me ask you a few questions:

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I have some old games that for some reason will not install with the XP virtual machine. I do have these games from the old installation folder and they will run in XP virtual mode.
These two things seem contradictory to me. Could you please clarify what you mean?

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How do I or can I move these shortcuts from the XP virtual desktop to the Windows 7 start menu so I can launch them from the Windows 7 start menu (Windows Virtual PC - Windows XP Mode Applications).
I'm not sure but I don't think it's possible to have shortcuts in Windows 7 that point to a program on a separate partition AND open that program in Windows XP Mode. You can always just put a shortcut on the XP Mode Desktop, and open your games from there...

Let me know if I'm completely misunderstanding you!

Cheers,

Walker
Windows Outreach Team
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05 Feb 2010   #7

Vista Ultimate
 
 

The games do not install in xp mode. I have a folder containing the installed games with the exe files. In xp mode I can run these exe files and can create a shortcut in the xp virtual window. I wanted to be able to have these shortcuts run from Windows 7 but they won't paste to the Windows 7 desktop or start menu. I guess I wii have to use xp only when I want play these games
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05 Feb 2010   #8

Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit) *** Windows XP SP3 (32-bit), OSX 10.6
 
 

Ok I think I understand better now. In fact, I happened to find something that might work for you, if you can handle a bit of registry editing: C# Snippets: Creating Shortcut to Application Inside Windows XP Mode

Note: Always backup important data before performing a registry edit.

Cheers,

Walker
Windows Outreach Team
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