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Windows xp rc mode will not activate using the product key i was given with it RRS feed

  • Question

  • I have windows 7 rc installed on my computer through msdn
    I am attempting to run windows xp rc on top of windows virtual pc
    The problem is that when i go to activate the software it will not do so, saying that the key is invalid
    The key im using to activate it is the one that is in a notepad document right next to the virtual xp that was installed on the computers harddrive
    Im not sure what the problem is.  Ive tried reinstalling twice
    Sunday, September 6, 2009 5:19 AM

Answers

  • Hi Baconnc,

    I belive that it should not even ask for a key. Before everything, are you sure that you have configured your BIOS settings to enable hardware virtualization on your PC?? If no than please follow the steps as mentioed below:

    Download the Windows® Virtual PC release candidate RC and Windows XP Mode RC installers from the Windows Virtual PC Web site (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=140344).

     Note:

    ·         Windows Virtual PC RC is not supported on the Windows 7 Beta build.  

    ·         Windows Virtual PC requires that you enable processor virtualization extensions for Intel-VT and AMD-V in the BIOS. 
    For details,
    see the Windows Virtual PC Support: Configure BIOS Web site (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=159059).

    However, if still you face the problem than please follow the below mentioned steps: 

    Installation instructions

     Important:
    Uninstall the Beta versions of Windows XP Mode and Windows Virtual PC before you install the RC versions.

     To uninstall Windows XP Mode Beta and Windows Virtual PC Beta

     1.       Shut down all running virtual machines.

    2.       Uninstall Windows XP Mode Beta:
    Click Start, click Control Panel, click Programs, click Programs and Features, and then click Virtual Windows XP.
    Note:
    Before you uninstall Windows XP Mode Beta, back up all data in Windows XP Mode. Files related to Windows XP Mode Beta cannot be used after you install Windows XP Mode RC.

    3.        Uninstall Windows Virtual PC Beta:
    Click Start, click Control Panel, click Programs, click Programs and Features, click View Installed Updates, and then click Windows Virtual PC (KB958559).

    4.       Delete the Virtual Windows XP differencing disk and settings file from the following location:
    %localappdata%\Microsoft\Windows Virtual PC\Virtual Machines\.

    5.       Reboot Windows 7 to complete the uninstallation.

    6.       Proceed with the installation of the RC versions of Windows Virtual PC and Windows XP Mode.

     To install Windows Virtual PC RC and Windows XP Mode RC

     1.       Install Windows XP Mode RC:
    Double-click WindowsXPMode_nn-NN.exe (where nn-NN is the locale, for example: WindowsXPMode_en-us.exe) and follow the instructions in the wizard to extract and install Windows XP Mode RC.

    2.       Install Windows Virtual PC RC:
    Double-click Windows6.1-KB958559-x86.msu or Windows6.1-KB958559-x64.msu (depending on your architecture). 

    3.       Reboot Windows 7 to complete the installation.

    4.       To start Windows XP Mode RC Setup:
    Click Start, click All Programs, click Windows Virtual PC, and then click Windows XP Mode.

    5.       Follow the instructions in the wizard to complete Windows XP Mode RC Setup and Configuration. Record the password that is provided during the Setup because it is required to log on to your virtual machine.

    Hope this helps.

    Thanks
    Abhay

    • Marked as answer by Robinson Zhang Monday, September 14, 2009 1:55 AM
    Monday, September 7, 2009 5:13 PM

All replies

  •   Do you really mean XP RC? That expired in about 2003!

    Bill
    Sunday, September 6, 2009 7:20 AM

  • If you mean that when you install XP into Windows Virtual PC, then the image comes with a key already installed, or if you mean you can't activate Windows 7 then go back to the download page and request a new key, also you need to be running the RC of Windows 7 and the RC of Virtual PC.
    Sunday, September 6, 2009 6:05 PM
  • Hi Baconnc,

    I belive that it should not even ask for a key. Before everything, are you sure that you have configured your BIOS settings to enable hardware virtualization on your PC?? If no than please follow the steps as mentioed below:

    Download the Windows® Virtual PC release candidate RC and Windows XP Mode RC installers from the Windows Virtual PC Web site (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=140344).

     Note:

    ·         Windows Virtual PC RC is not supported on the Windows 7 Beta build.  

    ·         Windows Virtual PC requires that you enable processor virtualization extensions for Intel-VT and AMD-V in the BIOS. 
    For details,
    see the Windows Virtual PC Support: Configure BIOS Web site (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=159059).

    However, if still you face the problem than please follow the below mentioned steps: 

    Installation instructions

     Important:
    Uninstall the Beta versions of Windows XP Mode and Windows Virtual PC before you install the RC versions.

     To uninstall Windows XP Mode Beta and Windows Virtual PC Beta

     1.       Shut down all running virtual machines.

    2.       Uninstall Windows XP Mode Beta:
    Click Start, click Control Panel, click Programs, click Programs and Features, and then click Virtual Windows XP.
    Note:
    Before you uninstall Windows XP Mode Beta, back up all data in Windows XP Mode. Files related to Windows XP Mode Beta cannot be used after you install Windows XP Mode RC.

    3.        Uninstall Windows Virtual PC Beta:
    Click Start, click Control Panel, click Programs, click Programs and Features, click View Installed Updates, and then click Windows Virtual PC (KB958559).

    4.       Delete the Virtual Windows XP differencing disk and settings file from the following location:
    %localappdata%\Microsoft\Windows Virtual PC\Virtual Machines\.

    5.       Reboot Windows 7 to complete the uninstallation.

    6.       Proceed with the installation of the RC versions of Windows Virtual PC and Windows XP Mode.

     To install Windows Virtual PC RC and Windows XP Mode RC

     1.       Install Windows XP Mode RC:
    Double-click WindowsXPMode_nn-NN.exe (where nn-NN is the locale, for example: WindowsXPMode_en-us.exe) and follow the instructions in the wizard to extract and install Windows XP Mode RC.

    2.       Install Windows Virtual PC RC:
    Double-click Windows6.1-KB958559-x86.msu or Windows6.1-KB958559-x64.msu (depending on your architecture). 

    3.       Reboot Windows 7 to complete the installation.

    4.       To start Windows XP Mode RC Setup:
    Click Start, click All Programs, click Windows Virtual PC, and then click Windows XP Mode.

    5.       Follow the instructions in the wizard to complete Windows XP Mode RC Setup and Configuration. Record the password that is provided during the Setup because it is required to log on to your virtual machine.

    Hope this helps.

    Thanks
    Abhay

    • Marked as answer by Robinson Zhang Monday, September 14, 2009 1:55 AM
    Monday, September 7, 2009 5:13 PM