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Windows 7: XP mode fails to install on a dual boot machine....

20 Dec 2012   #11

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate and numerous virtual machines

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I mistyped when I said my firend got it installed....................! He DID but on HIS machine!

I never got it working using the M$ stuff.

Can't understand why it behaves that way, saying it's installed and then won't run. There are no errors during the install process but when it goes to update, that's when it fails.

Interestingly enough the DOS program I wanted to run using the VM will not run on his machine. We've spent a lot of time fooling with .PIF files and still can't get it to run. That program is why I wanted to use the VM.


Do you have enough room on your hard drive to decompress the XP install? In your windows 7 start menu there should be 2 icons, one for Virtual PC and one for XP mode.


There never have been any icons in my START menu that's the trouble.

BUT! Today I got Virtual Box and installed it with a copy of XP Pro, it installed and ran immediately. Plus it shows in my START menu as it should so I am all set.

I haven't a clue why the MS one didn't work but after 5 times installing and removing it it's gone!

VBox seems to be fine and I can now run the 16 Bit DOS tracking program I have used for 30 years!
A bit tricky but it works, seems like when the VM isn't running the clock loses time and needs reset. Beyond that there is no trouble. Oddly enough my Avast Virus Scanner seems to be protecting the VM as well, never thought it would do that but it does.

Regards and thanks for hanging in there with me!

That is good I also use Virtual box from time to time. You must use virus and firewall on your virtual machine. Run Windows update to update XP and get the free MS Security essentials to make sure nothing sneaks onto your virtual machine. Think of it as a separate computer as it really is.

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