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Windows XP Virtual PC on Windows 7 problem

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  • I downloaded and installed Windows Virtual PC onto a Windows 7 Professional 32 bit machine.  It was XP mode from here:

    http://www.microsoft.com/windows/virtual-pc/download.aspx

    I am pretty confident I followed the instructions perfectly.  I installed XP mode first and then Windows Virtual PC second.  I rebooted as it told me to do.

    I then create the VM using the general defaults with virtual hd etc.

    For some reason, it keeps trying to boot off the network instead of the virtual HD.

    The BIOS has the Hard Drive first in the boot sequence, and Hard Disk Drives (under boot) says Virtual HD.

    Any ideas what is going wrong?  It basically is bypassing the virtual HD.

     

    Edit: It eventually pops on with the error "Reboot and select proper boot device or insert boot media in selected boot device".  Not sure if that helps.

     


    • Edited by JViggiano81 Wednesday, March 30, 2011 5:49 PM Additional info
    Wednesday, March 30, 2011 5:47 PM

Answers

  • You must install it in this order:

    Install KB958559 (VirtualPC) first , next the Update KB977206 to remove the VT requirement (if your CPU doesn't support hardware VT) and in the 3rd step install the XPMode VHD (WindowsXPMode_en-us.exe).

    Download the XPMode VHD from here:

    http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=fb633e9d-ddbc-4044-bb09-4f99e757064e
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    • Marked as answer by Vivian Xing Wednesday, April 06, 2011 9:27 AM
    Wednesday, March 30, 2011 8:13 PM
  • Hi,

     

    Would you please let me know where you received the error message? From Windows 7 boot or XP mode? If you cannot boot into Windows 7, how many Hard Drives on your computer? How do you create the VHD? Have you change the BIOS settings?

     

    Please make sure the Hard Drive to boot includes the operating system. If you want to use VHD, you can refer to the following article.

     

    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd440865(WS.10).aspx#six

     

    Best Regards,

    Niki


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    • Marked as answer by Vivian Xing Wednesday, April 06, 2011 9:27 AM
    Friday, April 01, 2011 9:38 AM
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  • You must install it in this order:

    Install KB958559 (VirtualPC) first , next the Update KB977206 to remove the VT requirement (if your CPU doesn't support hardware VT) and in the 3rd step install the XPMode VHD (WindowsXPMode_en-us.exe).

    Download the XPMode VHD from here:

    http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=fb633e9d-ddbc-4044-bb09-4f99e757064e
    "A programmer is just a tool which converts caffeine into code"

    I'm going to leave the forum on 31th March 2011 if I don't get a Feedback about the SPAM of 2 MVPs. So if you want an answer, be fast so that I can help you before I leave the Technet forum.
    • Marked as answer by Vivian Xing Wednesday, April 06, 2011 9:27 AM
    Wednesday, March 30, 2011 8:13 PM
  • Hi,

     

    Would you please let me know where you received the error message? From Windows 7 boot or XP mode? If you cannot boot into Windows 7, how many Hard Drives on your computer? How do you create the VHD? Have you change the BIOS settings?

     

    Please make sure the Hard Drive to boot includes the operating system. If you want to use VHD, you can refer to the following article.

     

    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd440865(WS.10).aspx#six

     

    Best Regards,

    Niki


    Please remember to click "Mark as Answer" on the post that helps you, and to click "Unmark as Answer" if a marked post does not actually answer your question. This can be beneficial to other community members reading the thread.
    • Marked as answer by Vivian Xing Wednesday, April 06, 2011 9:27 AM
    Friday, April 01, 2011 9:38 AM
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