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Windows 7: VMLite - an alternative Windows XP Mode impl

19 Nov 2009   #121
huisinro

windows 7
 
 

forgot to ask you to uninstall VPC integration component from the vm, it has some conflicts. I will find a way to redo your changes of BricoPack Vista Inspirat Ultimate 2. Wait for me tomorrow.

Did you take some snapshots? if so, you can roll back.

Otherwise, you can mount the VHD, then change the settings. I will test.


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19 Nov 2009   #122
HughShaw

Windows 7 Professional (x64)
 
 

I didn't take any snapshots. And now my Windows XP mode doesn't work! It say's "Cannot start Windows XP Mode. One or more required files are either missing or not valid. Do you want to create a new Windows XP environment?"

I'm going to try to do a Windows roll back...
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19 Nov 2009   #123
huisinro

windows 7
 
 

is this the theme you wanted? it works well on my VMLite XP Mode. It might be due to your complex configuration. Sorry about the trouble.

I attached the scheme in my vm here


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19 Nov 2009   #124
HughShaw

Windows 7 Professional (x64)
 
 

My Windows is totally messed up now. I can't run VMLite or Windows XPM. Roll back computer didn't help. Please help me when you get the chance. I'm even willing to a remote control.

Edit: That's what the theme wallpaper looks like, but it also changes the icons and taskbar to look like Vista.
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19 Nov 2009   #125
huisinro

windows 7
 
 

let's try something tomorrow, we can take this offline
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19 Nov 2009   #126
HughShaw

Windows 7 Professional (x64)
 
 

I ended up getting Windows XP Mode to work again.

VMLite XP Mode has many problems on my machine. I've tried to delete everything and only use my base vhd (fresh XP vhd), but it still has problems. After I install, I have to do steps 1-3 again, and after I reboot XPM, it doesn't let me log in. It keeps making my Username "XPMUser" when it's supposed to be something else. I tried replacing it and going into the workstation settings and replacing it there, but it just ignores that I made any changes. It just won't let me log in. Keep in mind that I must use a username and password because Windows XP mode has set things that way.

Finally, for some reason I can not merge my Windows XPM virtual hard disk anymore. The base file becomes a readme only and I can not change it no matter what. Therefore, I can't combine the differencing disks anymore.

Now I'm trying to delete the snapshot so I can delete VMLite XP Mode from the Workstation, but it just freezes and crashes. Something is really wrong so I thought I'd let you know so hopefully things will be fixed in the future. For now, I'm going back to the slow Windows XP Mode. Let me know if there's another way I can get things working.
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19 Nov 2009   #127
HughShaw

Windows 7 Professional (x64)
 
 

Ok I finally have things working. I uninstalled everything and reinstalled with the second option. It didn't work at first, but I kept trying and it works now for some reason. I'm not going to install the theme just in case everything goes wrong again. I have a few questions about this program.

1. How do I uninstall VPC integration component and what does it do?
2. I noticed \VMLites\HardDisks has my virtual HD in an unknown format. "VMLite XP Modevhd" Is this the file I would use to install XPM to another computer or would it not be recognized by VMLite?
3. Regarding above, can I change "VMLite XP Modevhd" to "VMLite XP Mode.vhd" and change the storage settings to get it to work? (I need to be able to backup this file on my external hard drive and mount it on another computer to get certain files. But I don't want to mess things up trying)
4. Can I get rid of the bottom bar (IDE Controller, etc. icons) to make it look exactly like Windows XP Mode?
5. Are there any roll-back options instead of the Snapshot feature? (It seems to make VMLite crash for some reason)
6. Will future updates automatically fix known problems such as the scroll issue?
7. Am I able to uninstall Windows Virtual PC, or it it still needed for other applications?

Overall, I do think it's an improvement to Windows XP mode as it is faster and graphics are improved. Yet, graphics and sounds are a still bit choppy for me. But I think it mostly transferred over many of the flaws that were there in my Windows XP mode virtual HD. On a normal XP machine, themes would be no problem, but in XP mode themes seems to work oddly. After choosing the second option and transferring over to VMLite, it seems to have transferred over some of the same problems.
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19 Nov 2009   #128
huisinro

windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by HughShaw View Post
Ok I finally have things working. I uninstalled everything and reinstalled with the second option. It didn't work at first, but I kept trying and it works now for some reason. I'm not going to install the theme just in case everything goes wrong again. I have a few questions about this program.

1. How do I uninstall VPC integration component and what does it do?
2. I noticed \VMLites\HardDisks has my virtual HD in an unknown format. ""VMLite XP Modevhd" Is this the file I would use to install XPM to another computer or would it not be recognized by VMLite?
3. Can I get rid of the bottom bar (IDE Controller, etc. icons) to make it look exactly like Windows XP Mode?
4. Are there any roll-back options instead of the Snapshot feature? (It seems to make VMLite crash for some reason)
5. Will future updates automatically fix known problems such as the scroll issue?
6. Am I able to uninstall Windows Virtual PC, or it it still needed for other applications?

Overall, I do think it's an improvement to Windows XP mode as it is faster and graphics are improved. Yet, graphics and sounds are a still bit choppy for me. But I think it mostly transferred over many of the flaws that were there in my Windows XP mode virtual HD. On a normal XP machine, themes would be no problem, but in XP mode themes seems to work oddly. After choosing the second option and transferring over to VMLite, it seems to have transferred over some of the same problems.
Thanks for trying it again.

1, you can unstall it from Control Panel > Add/Remove Programs, Virtual PC Integration Component.

When you use 2nd option, this intergration is supposed to be removed by VMLite automatically. I think that all is caused by item 2, as you noted "unknown format", then our disk driver won't be able to mount the vhd, and didn't modify your original VHD, which caused so much problems, and you had to manually remove/install things.

2, this is definitely not right, must be a bug. The file is supposed to end with ".vhd". I noted there is no "." in your case. This will give all kinds of problems to our virtual disk driver since it would be considered as "Unknown format"

3, for now, what you can do is to auto hide the task bar from your vm. You can right click Taskkbar to change settings. This is the area we need more work to do a better taskbar integration. Personal, I like to have a xp taskbar, but many other people may not.

4, no, snapshot is the only one from vmlite. You could use XP's builtin System Restore feature if enabled.

5, yes, our internal code already fixed the scroll issue. We will release a build with other fixes soon. You can check out our forums for more info. Someone made wheel scrool to work by using some scripts.

6, VMLite does not need VPC, other apps I am not sure. But since you installed it by yourself in the first place, I would say no hard to uninstall it.
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19 Nov 2009   #129
huisinro

windows 7
 
 

one more thing, when you install stuff, please use Desktop Mode, e.g., don't use the IE in green borders.

When an app is in green border, it's put into Virtual Applications mode, where it's Desktop, Documents, and other special folders are actually redirected to host, same as Microsoft's implementation. This mode is not good for installing applications.
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19 Nov 2009   #130
HughShaw

Windows 7 Professional (x64)
 
 

Thanks for your comments, I always install stuff the correct way. I now have more questions!

1. Can I change "VMLite XP Modevhd" to "VMLite XP Mode.vhd" and change the storage settings to get it to work? (I need to be able to backup this file on my external hard drive and mount it on another computer to get certain files. But I don't want to mess things up trying)
2. Regarding #3, what I meant was an option to hide the bar below the XP taskbar. Personally, I think that bar can be hidden most of the time. I have attached a picture of what I'm talking about.


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