Windows 7 Forums

Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.

Windows 7: Running VMXP from External HD

21 Mar 2010   #1

MS Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
Running VMXP from External HD

I have had a frustrating day. I have been trying to create a VMXP on my external HD. When i create it on the external drive, i look at the settings and it is using a parent vhd on the C: drive. It is also storing all the data on the vhd located on the C: Drive. I have tried merging vhds, or creating new ones. Whenever i have it using one vhd on my external HD, it will not start and asks me to create a new VMXP. Can anyone here tell me how i can make a VMXP that runs entirely on my external HD, leaving nothing on the C: Drive, except the one file where you change settings from "Manage Virtual Machine", infact if theres a way of having that file on the HD as well that would be very usefull. Thanks

My System SpecsSystem Spec
21 Mar 2010   #2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient


I assume with VMXP you mean Windows XP Mode?

What differs Windows XP Mode from other Virtual PC virtual machines is that it needs a parent disk. This parent disk is by default located in C:\Program Files\Windows XP Mode\Windows XP Mode base.vhd

information   Information
The XP Mode parent disk should not be moved, edited or altered in any way or the original XP Mode virtual machine loses its functionality!

Only delete it if you are not going to use XP Mode anymore

If you want to move the virtual XP completely to another partition, you have to merge (join together) the parent disk with your XP Mode vhd.

Here's how:
  • Open the folder Virtual Machines, located in your user folder
  • Right click Windows XP Mode, choose Settings from context menu
  • Choose Hard Disk 1, click Modify

    Running VMXP from External HD-xpm_merge_1.png
  • Choose Merge virtual hard disk

    Running VMXP from External HD-xpm_merge_2.png
  • Choose New file, browse to location you want to save it and give it a name. Click Merge

    Running VMXP from External HD-xpm_merge_3.png
Be patient, merging can easily take an hour. The new, merged Windows XP vhd is a standalone disk which does not need the parent disk.

After the merged vhd is done, you have to create a new virtual machine and mount your new XP virtual machine to it. This tutorial tells you how to do it: Windows Virtual PC - Create Virtual Machine

If you want, you can now delete the XP Mode parent disk and original vhd.


My System SpecsSystem Spec

 Running VMXP from External HD

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
Safely Remove Hardware External HD Still running
When I click to Safely Remove Hardware (External HD) the LED light is still on and I can feel the HD still running even though the bubble comes up that says you can safely remove hardware. Is This normal as I don't want to have to keep shutting PC down to remove HD Thanks Shastus23
Hardware & Devices
Windows Update not running. Error Code 0xc8000247 when running SURT
Please help me out - I replaced my defective HDD with a new Samsung Spinpoint HDD, re-installed my Windows 7 image using the recovery DVDs, and can't update windows at all after that. I tried following the steps from Windows Update Posting Instructions - System Update Readiness Tool (SURT) and...
Windows Updates & Activation
BSOD running uTorrent seeding files from external USB HDD 0x000000D1
I get the BSOD while seeding in uTorrent mutliple files. I have a stable notebook, never got an issue for years. Occasionally get some BSOD, but for reasons, now I have BSOD i cant explain for myself. uTorrent can seed for some time, but if I leave it ,i find it with the following BSOD. I doesnt do...
BSOD Help and Support
BSOD running when running intel driver update utility and more apps
hello sorry if my post isnt great im a newbie here but for some time now ive been getting BSODs and finally figured out how to debug it with WinDbg (x86) and set the symbols for windows but i cant read the text. ive tried reinstalling my GPU and Java but no luck. when i try to run intel driver...
BSOD Help and Support
VirtualBox VMS - Missing file vmxp.vbox
Installed VirtualBox with XP and Office 03 and used it several times Then, yesterday it failed to allow me to copy / paste from my other (Windows7 Office 10) environment. Today it simply fails with the message Runtime error opening c:\Users\Henry\VirtualBox VMs\vmxp\vmxp.vbox for reading: 102...
Running windows 7 and want to install xp on external
Hey guy's/gal's well im trying to install xp on and external and runnning 7 now.. I found a sit that will help me with this - How to install and run a FULL Windows XP from a USB drive. I'm having a problem with the sdk how do I get it to run i open the bin and the extracter and it...
Installation & Setup

Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 18:41.

Twitter Facebook Google+

Windows 7 Forums

Seven Forums Android App Seven Forums IOS App