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Windows 7: XP Mode Install corruption?

19 May 2010   #1
the1paulcole

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 
XP Mode Install corruption?

Hi,

I'm trying to install the Windows XP Mode feature of Windows 7 (Using Ultimate 32 bit) and it's been causing me no end of problems. I've run the intel check to make sure the processor is capable of virtualization, which it is and then run through the install as explained by Microsoft.

Firstly I installed the Windows XP Mode package which was fine. I then run the Windows Virtual PC update which appears to install and configure fine. However, after the system reboot, I log back in and I'm presented with a black screen and windows cursor. It appears that explorer does not want to start. Looking in task manager, the process is not there and I can't manually get it to run either. The same happens in Safe Mode and I also can't restore back to last known good.

The only way I can get the laptop back is to do a system restore to the point before I installed the above patch.

The event logs aren't showing any problems either. Does anyone have any idea as to what might be causing this? I really need the XP Mode running as I need to try and get a VPN client working on it.

Thanks

Paul


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02 Jun 2010   #2
Mr Davo

Windows 7 (XP, by Virtualization)
 
 

Check you BIOS and make sure that virtualization (also called Vanderpool) is enabled. Even though your CPU supports virtualization it must be enabled in BIOS as well. Whether or not it is enabled (by default) will come down to the manufacturers preference.
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02 Jun 2010   #3
electrotune1200

Windows 8 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by the1paulcole View Post
Hi,

I'm trying to install the Windows XP Mode feature of Windows 7 (Using Ultimate 32 bit) and it's been causing me no end of problems. I've run the intel check to make sure the processor is capable of virtualization, which it is and then run through the install as explained by Microsoft.

Firstly I installed the Windows XP Mode package which was fine. I then run the Windows Virtual PC update which appears to install and configure fine. However, after the system reboot, I log back in and I'm presented with a black screen and windows cursor. It appears that explorer does not want to start. Looking in task manager, the process is not there and I can't manually get it to run either. The same happens in Safe Mode and I also can't restore back to last known good.

The only way I can get the laptop back is to do a system restore to the point before I installed the above patch.

The event logs aren't showing any problems either. Does anyone have any idea as to what might be causing this? I really need the XP Mode running as I need to try and get a VPN client working on it.

Thanks

Paul
I thought the compatability mode was already part of Windows 7 Ultimate. You shouldn't need to install it.
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02 Jun 2010   #4
baarod

El Capitan / Windows 10
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by electrotune1200 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by the1paulcole View Post
Hi,

I'm trying to install the Windows XP Mode feature of Windows 7 (Using Ultimate 32 bit) and it's been causing me no end of problems. I've run the intel check to make sure the processor is capable of virtualization, which it is and then run through the install as explained by Microsoft.

Firstly I installed the Windows XP Mode package which was fine. I then run the Windows Virtual PC update which appears to install and configure fine. However, after the system reboot, I log back in and I'm presented with a black screen and windows cursor. It appears that explorer does not want to start. Looking in task manager, the process is not there and I can't manually get it to run either. The same happens in Safe Mode and I also can't restore back to last known good.

The only way I can get the laptop back is to do a system restore to the point before I installed the above patch.

The event logs aren't showing any problems either. Does anyone have any idea as to what might be causing this? I really need the XP Mode running as I need to try and get a VPN client working on it.

Thanks

Paul
I thought the compatability mode was already part of Windows 7 Ultimate. You shouldn't need to install it.
No, it's an add on. It's only available with Pro and Ult...
My System SpecsSystem Spec
02 Jun 2010   #5
baarod

El Capitan / Windows 10
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by the1paulcole View Post
Hi,

I'm trying to install the Windows XP Mode feature of Windows 7 (Using Ultimate 32 bit) and it's been causing me no end of problems. I've run the intel check to make sure the processor is capable of virtualization, which it is and then run through the install as explained by Microsoft.

Firstly I installed the Windows XP Mode package which was fine. I then run the Windows Virtual PC update which appears to install and configure fine. However, after the system reboot, I log back in and I'm presented with a black screen and windows cursor. It appears that explorer does not want to start. Looking in task manager, the process is not there and I can't manually get it to run either. The same happens in Safe Mode and I also can't restore back to last known good.

The only way I can get the laptop back is to do a system restore to the point before I installed the above patch.

The event logs aren't showing any problems either. Does anyone have any idea as to what might be causing this? I really need the XP Mode running as I need to try and get a VPN client working on it.

Thanks

Paul
You're not already virtualizing by running bootcamp are you? It's a common mistake...
My System SpecsSystem Spec
02 Jun 2010   #6
baarod

El Capitan / Windows 10
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by the1paulcole View Post
Hi,

I'm trying to install the Windows XP Mode feature of Windows 7 (Using Ultimate 32 bit) and it's been causing me no end of problems. I've run the intel check to make sure the processor is capable of virtualization, which it is and then run through the install as explained by Microsoft.

Firstly I installed the Windows XP Mode package which was fine. I then run the Windows Virtual PC update which appears to install and configure fine. However, after the system reboot, I log back in and I'm presented with a black screen and windows cursor. It appears that explorer does not want to start. Looking in task manager, the process is not there and I can't manually get it to run either. The same happens in Safe Mode and I also can't restore back to last known good.

The only way I can get the laptop back is to do a system restore to the point before I installed the above patch.

The event logs aren't showing any problems either. Does anyone have any idea as to what might be causing this? I really need the XP Mode running as I need to try and get a VPN client working on it.

Thanks

Paul
Perhaps you could fully populate your system specs?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
02 Jun 2010   #7
Kari

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by baarod View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by electrotune1200 View Post
I thought the compatability mode was already part of Windows 7 Ultimate. You shouldn't need to install it.
No, it's an add on. It's only available with Pro and Ult...
To clarify Baarod's answer, read the following pages. They help you to understand the difference between Windows Compatibility Mode and XP Mode / Virtual PC:
Kari
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02 Jun 2010   #8
electrotune1200

Windows 8 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kari View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by baarod View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by electrotune1200 View Post
I thought the compatability mode was already part of Windows 7 Ultimate. You shouldn't need to install it.
No, it's an add on. It's only available with Pro and Ult...
To clarify Baarod's answer, read the following pages. They help you to understand the difference between Windows Compatibility Mode and XP Mode / Virtual PC:Kari

Thanks for the info Kari.
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02 Jun 2010   #9
the1paulcole

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

Hi,

Just to update you all, I got it working in the end, but only after I re-installed the OS, it installed and worked exactly how it should after this. There were no options in the BIOS for virtualisation, in fact, there's hardly anything that can be configured in the BIOS.

Thanks anyway guys.

Paul
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02 Jun 2010   #10
electrotune1200

Windows 8 Pro
 
 

I'm glad everything is sorted for you Paul.
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