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Windows 7: Can't log in to XP Mode

31 May 2010   #1

Windows 7
Can't log in to XP Mode

I installed XP Mode to run an old application (made for Windows 3.1) that won't install on Windows 7.

It worked fine, and I was able to install and run that old application.

All was well until I got tired of entering the password every time. It's on a home computer, not a business computer, and we don't use a password to log into Windows 7. So I went into the account management control panel and changed the XPMUser password to blank (no password; emtpy string).

Now I can't log on to XP Mode.

What do I need to do to log into XP Mode? And, it is possible to use XP Mode without a password?

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31 May 2010   #2

Windows 7
Found the solution

I found the solution, in case anyone else needs it:

Removed XP Mode password now cant login

In a nutshell:

1) Disable Integration Features (in the XP Mode window, choose Tools | Disable Integration Features).

2) Reboot the XP Mode, and go into the boot menu (press F8 repeatedly while it's booting).

3) In the boot menu, choose Safe Mode.

4) Log in as "Administrator" with no password (unless you had previously changed the Administrator password, in which case use the password you set for it).

(When I first clicked the OK button to login, I got a message about the virtual window taking control of the mouse. Then I had to click the OK button again.)

5) Go into the User Accounts Control Panel (Start | Control Panel | User Accounts.

6) Change the XPMUser account to have a password.

(The page I referenced above also had a step to go into an Advanced tab and set the password to never I expire. I didn't see that Advanced tab.)

7) Reboot the XP Mode window into normal mode, and log into XPMUser with the password you just set.

8) Enable Integration Features (in the XP Mode window, choose Tools | Enable Integration Features).

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