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Windows 7: VM but not XP mode

23 Feb 2010   #1

Windows 7
VM but not XP mode

Hello eveybody,

Im new here, and came across this site while looking for help with an issue I have with Windows 7 and running VM.

I just got a new laptop for work which is Windows 7 OS. My old laptop is XP with SP3 on it.

So here was my idea:

I could grab a VHD "image" of my old laptop, using the Disk2vhd utility from Microsoft (link to utility: Disk2vhd), and then in Windows 7, i could just run my old machine right there. So no need to reinstall all my applications, copy all my data, etc (im a network administrator).

here is whats going on:

I sucessfully grabbed the VHD of my old computer, and transfered it to my new laptop (which by the way, has hardware virtulization, and has run Windows XP Mode without issue).

When I browse (i just put it in a temp folder off the C: drive) to the VHD file, and select the file, i only get the following options: Organize, Open With, Burn and New Folder.

So, im at a loss as to why I can run this VHD of my old XP laptop.

Someone said I could use VMware to convert my old XP laptop, and then use another free VMware product to run it, but I really dont want to have to load some 3rd party software, when this should be able to work.

So, anyone out there that can help me with this issue? I would really appreciate any help.

Jason, "DeVoiD"

My System SpecsSystem Spec
23 Feb 2010   #2


Vmware / Hyper-V / or Virtual PC will run the .vhd file. There is a feature that will allow you to mount the .vhd and boot to it.

AVIRAJ AJGEKAR'S BLOG... : Windows 7: Boot from VHD First Impression: Part 2
My System SpecsSystem Spec
24 Feb 2010   #3


Hello DeVoiD, welcome to the Seven Forums.

Put the vhd in C:\Users\Your_Username\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows Virtual PC\Virtual Machines

Go to C:\Users\Your_Username\Virtual Machines, click Create virtual machine.

VM but not XP mode-vm1.png

In next dialog you can first name your new VM and allocate certain amount of RAM to it. After these two steps you are asked if you want to create a new virtual hard disk or use an existing one.

Select Use an existing virtual hard disk and browse to the vhd file you want to use.

VM but not XP mode-vm2.png


My System SpecsSystem Spec

24 Feb 2010   #4

Windows 7
Thanks much

Thanks Brady, and thanks Kari.

The one thing i was able to do, was go into computer management, click on disk management, and mount the VHD file, so it was just like another hard drive, that was pretty cool.

anyway, i think looking at your posts, that im going to be more likely to get sucess with Kari's instructions, so ill give it a try and post back the results.

isnt it weird, that just like your Documents folder, you have a Virtual Machine folder, BUT what I see looking at the instructions, is that you have that hidden folder AppData where the VM's are! wow.

k. ill let you all know what happens, and thanks again for taking the time to help me, it is appreciated.

Jason, "DeVoiD"
My System SpecsSystem Spec
24 Feb 2010   #5


Forgot to mention that AppData is a hidden folder, but I'm happy to see you found it anyway.

Here's a good place to find more information: Seven Forums: Virtualization Tutorials

My System SpecsSystem Spec
24 Feb 2010   #6

Windows 7
It Didnt Work

Well, i did what you (Kari) said and it didnt work.

I get all the way to the last step of pointing to my VHD file, and once I click on Create, I get the following error:

"Cannot Attach the virtual hard disk to the virtual mmachine. Check the values provided and try again."

I have tried to point to the VHD file that you had me move to the directory in appdata, and have also tried the VHD file that i kept in my temp directory, but i get the same message.

I know that VHD file is okay, as I can get ionto Computer management, click Disk management, and mount the VHD file.

any more ideas? i woudl really appreciate it.

Jason, "DeVoiD".
My System SpecsSystem Spec
24 Feb 2010   #7


You already managed to mount it in Disk Management. Maybe this would be the best solution for you? To create a dual boot system, to boot directly to your XP vhd from boot menu?

You could also try Sun VirtualBox, free download here, and try if you could use your vhd in a new VirtualBox machine.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
24 Feb 2010   #8

Windows 7

I would really preffer to run it in VM from within Windows 7, and not dual boot it. if I were to go that route, i would have to get the driver, and all the rest of the headaches that comes with a dual booting system

Aso like to stay away from any 3rd party software, such as Virtualbox, VMware, etc and keep this new laptop as clean as possible.

I dont understand the last part of the fail dialog box, stating, "check the values provided and try again", as I dont know what values it is talking about, unless it means the name and amount of RAM i gave the Virtual Machine.

If this laptop can run XP mode, there really isnt a reason why it wont run the VHD of my old laptop, i just dont understand why it wont work.

so, any other ideas that doesnt include running any 3rd party software, or dual booting?

thanks again for any assistance,

PS: I noticed on the dual boot link you gave it stated: While all Windows 7 editions can create and attach a VHD, only the Windows 7 Ultimate and Enterprise editions support booting from a VHD."

My Windows 7 is Professional and not Ultimate or Enterprise.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
24 Feb 2010   #9


I was thinking the same: the only value it asks is the amount of RAM.

I'll try to find a working XP computer to virtualize with Disk2vhd and do some heavy testing. I'll be back if I find something.

This issue is of great interest to me. Please keep posting if you find something out.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
24 Feb 2010   #10

Windows 7

Ill keep you posted. Thanks again. Hopefully we will find a solution to this, as Im running out of time to get my new laptop configured, and I would really not want to install XP on this new laptop, it would be a waste. (we are an XP shop here). I hope that I can keep Windows 7, and have my old laptop VHD work inside it.
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