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Windows 7: DVD drive will not work in Virtual XP....


06 May 2009   #1

Windows 7
 
 
DVD drive will not work in Virtual XP....

I have windows 7 installed on HP elite with Phenom Quad Core processor. This was a clean install and 7 runs flawlessly, including all DVD drive functions. However, when I open the Virtual XP environment and try to use my dvd drive I get a "corrupted path or file" error.. I noticed that the drive letter of the DVD in Virtual XP is "D" - which is the same letter as what appears to be the restore partition in Vista... while the DVD drive letter in Vista is "E"....I tried changing the drive letter in XP but that did not work. My DVD drive shows up in devices, there are no apparent conflicts and the troubleshooter determines that the device is working properly.. As most of my XP software I need to install is on disc, I have no way of getting my software into XP..hoping someone else has encountered this problem...please, I am not a computer geek so go easy on me...I know just about enough to get around and get myself in trouble..lol..Thank you for any help you may provide

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06 May 2009   #2

Windows 7
 
 

Also I forgot to mention that it is listed in the virtual machine settings menu and shown as Drive "E"...and set to access pyhsical drive "E"...but in "My Computer" in Virtual XP it is shown as drive "D" ?? This is really whacked....but hey, we assumed responsibility when we installed this stuff now didn't we?
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06 May 2009   #3

Windows 7 RC
 
 

Well I don't have a fix but a workaround...

Take ISOs of your CDs using e.g. PowerISO. Then just go to Tools/Settings on the VM and choose DVD drive, and then choose Open and select your ISO image. It is very handy to have a library of ISOs anyway, for installing VMs, as backups etc, so I would recommend that route anyway. No more hunting for CDs....
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06 May 2009   #4

Windows 7
 
 

Thanks for your work around..that is a great idea However I was in fact able to resolve my problem....and it was so simple I don't know why I didn't think of it before..I was assessing the problem to be with Virtual XP when in fact it was not..I had to remember that Windows 7 had no idea I was going to be installing a Virtual environment so I had better go back and see what was going on there.....sure enough, a simple click on Drive E in my computer displayed that the drive was not shared....I simply enabled drive sharing for the DVD drive in 7 and it works fine now..I feel pretty stupid but at least my problem is fixed...Hope this may help anyone else with drive path issues in vxp Thanks again!!
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