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Windows 7: How to Copy a Virtual XP machine

22 Nov 2009   #11
Mick Mickle

Windows 7 Professional

I've read the tutorial also, and your instructions are very clear. I've gotten a second copy to work, but as you can see from the screenshots on the settings I uploaded here, there's no separate login credentials like you've got for your three examples. In the second copy (WinXP Tester), Login Credentials is listed as "None" and the right pane is greyed out. How do you fix that? Thanks!

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22 Nov 2009   #12

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OK, now I understand what you mean.

That greyed out thing means just that for that XP machine, no logon credentials are saved. Next time you log on to that machine you have to give a valid user account name with password. If you want to, you can choose to save credentials (see the image).

If you click Delete saved credentials on the other machine (your image left), also that is going to be greyed out and next time you have to give the username and password. At the moment credentials are saved on that machine so login don't ask the password.

Hope this helps you.


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02 Dec 2009   #13

Windows 7
Isnt a COPY of the VMCX file needed?


In steps 12 and 13 you're instructing us to edit the ORIGINAL "Windows XP Mode.vmxc" file. Wouldn't that just redirect the ORIGINAL VM shortcut to the new files we copied in earlier steps instead of ADDING a new VM?

I don't understand how we'd have 2 VMs to chose from in the Virtual Machine Manager if we didn't add steps "11a" and "11b" to create a copy that would be edited. If I'm correct, I envision the instructions would be modified to look like this...

11a. COPY Windows XP Mode.vmcx.

11b. Paste the file to the same folder. Windows adds word Copy to the filename, so now you have a new file: Windows XP Mode - Copy.vmcx.

12. Open Windows XP Mode - Copy.vmcx in Notepad.

13. Change the vhd-file name to Windows XP Mode - Copy.vhd both in <primary_disk1 type="string"> and <vmc_path type="string">"

Please let me know where I'm going wrong in my thinking here.


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02 Dec 2009   #14

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient


No, you are not going wrong. I was. Simply forgot to tell to copy the vcmx file.

I'm going to edit OP and the tutorial.



Edit: Gave you some rep for pointing out my error. Welcome to the Seven Forums, I hope you are going to find it useful.
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02 Dec 2009   #15

Windows 7 Professional (x64)

You sure are knowledgeable, Kari.
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04 Dec 2009   #16

Windows 7 64bit

Sorry if i'm threadjacking, i didn't feel this question needed an entire new thread as its a very similiar question to the original. How can i install a completely seperate (NEW) windows xp mode? i already have one installed, but since have made several changes and installed several programs. now i want another xp mode that is clean/fresh install. can i just re-run the windows xp mode setup?
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04 Dec 2009   #17

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient


In my opinion you only have two choices: You can copy your existing XP Mode, or find a XP install media and install it to a virtual machine (tutorials: Virtual XP Machine - Copy and Windows Virtual PC - Create Virtual Machine).


Edit: If you copy your current XP Mode vhd, you can then "strip down" it by uninstalling the third party software you've already installed.
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01 Dec 2011   #18

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

i have a problem i am suer i did the exact thing you showed to do. but when ever i try and open the copy of the vm it says that its not configured. please help!!!!!!
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31 Mar 2013   #19

Win 7 pro x32
Can't run multiple WinXP modes

Hi Kari,
Great post, but I am not sure if MS has changed something since.
I have shut down the VM, made copy of entire directory, including the vmcx file. In the new directory I altered both XML files as you suggested. The VM indeed run, so I returned to the original directory to run copy of the original VM, but noticed that it already got the vsv file with the time I ran the copy VM.

Surely, running the original VM failed because the vsv file was locked already. Apparently somewhere inside the VM binary there is a reference to the filepathname of the vsv file? Is there a trick to change that?

Thank you in advance

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04 Apr 2013   #20

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient


Hi Leo, welcome to the Seven Forums.

As the post you are referring to is aver three and a half years old, quite a lot has changed after that.

The post was first converted to a tutorial: Virtual XP Machine - Copy. A bit later I added this to the said tutorial:

Note   Note
Notice please:

This tutorial was written when we were still using first beta versions of Virtual PC and XP mode. This method to copy a VPC virtual machine was the most practical at that time. It still is a fully working and secure way to copy a virtual machine.

Today, with the current version of VPC and XP Mode, copying a virtual machine is much easier. Basically, all you have to do is to copy a vhd-file to another location on same computer and create a new virtual machine using an existing vhd as told here.

November 2010

The method still works when done exactly as told in the tutorial but it is not needed anymore.

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