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Video: Three Windows XP Mode tips for power users

Bill Detwiler explains how to shut down and back up a Windows XP Mode virtual machine and create a shortcut to your host computer's Documents folder.

Windows 7 has several compatibility features that let you run most applications designed for Windows XP within the new operating system. Most however, is not all.  And, that's where Windows XP Mode can help. In this week's episode of TR Dojo, I show you how to shut down and back up a Windows XP Mode virtual machine and create a shortcut to your host computer's Documents folder.

For those who prefer text to video, you can click the Transcript link that appears below the video player window or read Greg Shultz's article, "Get the most out of Windows XP Mode with these tips," on which this video is based.

Also, here are the file paths for the files you'll need to make copies of when backing up your Windows XP Mode virtual machine:

  • Virtual Hard Disk/Differencing Disk file - C:\Users\{your name}\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows Virtual PC\Virtual Machines\Windows XP Mode.vhd
  • Parent Disk file - C:\Program Files\Windows XP Mode\Windows XP Mode base.vhd
  • Virtual Machine Configuration file - C:\Users\{your name}\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows Virtual PC\Virtual Machines\Windows XP Mode.vmc
  • Undo Disks file - C:\Users\{your name}\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows Virtual PC\Virtual Machines\VirtualPCUndo_Windows XP Mode_{#_#_##############}.vud

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Bill Detwiler is Managing Editor of TechRepublic and Tech Pro Research and the host of Cracking Open, CNET and TechRepublic's popular online show. Prior to joining TechRepublic in 2000, Bill was an IT manager, database administrator, and desktop supp...

23 comments
cricket4b
cricket4b

We have to support WinXP as several scientific instruments connected to WinXP PCs have expensive software running. Considering move to Win7 but can't afford to upgrade all software. I don't think WinXP mode would work in this case. I actually support Win98SE for same reason. Software for these PCs start at $5K or more for upgrades. Everytime OS upgrades causes real issue for us.

mousejn
mousejn

MHTML files will not open in Vista or Windows 7. NComputing thin clients won't work with Vista or Windows 7. Epson Perfection 1250U Scanner doesn't have Windows 7 Drivers and it won't work in XP mode.

Rob C
Rob C

I hope I am not nitpicking. Is this the same Poll question - Do you support applications that must run in XP (Don't run in Windows 7) ?

radicale
radicale

Here is a strange compatibility "issue" I ran into. I have a Microtek ScanMaker V6UPL. My main machine has a eVGA 790i Ultra MB. When running XP, both 32 and 64 bit, the scanner does not work correctly on this machine. I upgraded to Windows 7 64 bit and loaded the Virtual Windows XP client. The scanner works from this setup with the same hardware.... Now I am scratching my head over that one!

Bill Detwiler
Bill Detwiler

Windows 7 has several compatibility features that let you run most applications designed for Windows XP within the new operating system. MOST however, is not ALL. And, that's where Windows XP Mode can help. In this week's episode of TR Dojo, I show you how to shut down and back up a Windows XP Mode virtual machine and create a shortcut to your host computer's Documents folder. But despite all the benefits of using Windows XP Mode to run older applications, the larger question remains--isn't it time to move away from Windows XP? If you're still supporting applications that require Windows XP, I'd like to know what they are and why you haven't migrated to either a new version that supports Windows Vista or Windows 7 or a different application. Take the poll and let me know. Original post and poll: http://blogs.techrepublic.com.com/itdojo/?p=1852

galliodo
galliodo

I have gotten Epson Perfection 1200U to work in Windows 7 32 bit. All you have to do is right click on the drivers setup file, properties, and then run it under XP compatibility. It will make a folder c:\windows\twain-32. Right click on that folder, go to properties, then the security tab. Make sure that your sign-in is listed under group or user names and that full permission is given under "Permissions for Everyone" at the bottom. If not, click on the "Edit" button, then "Add" button, "Advanced" button, "Find now" button, and then you can pick out your sign in. Add it and click "ok" [You can also add "everyone" and it will work also.]. Click all the way back and give full permissions. Your Perfection driver should then work fine in 32 bit Windows 7.

lafa91
lafa91

Mainly because we got a working program that was develloped years ago and it still do the job, we dont want to reprogrammed it for new OS. We use vm of pc as old as dos 6.2 and windows3.11 to run old application that do the job, sometime even better then the new application; all because programmers were more thorough then with findong problem and resolving them then they are now. Lately people put programs out before testing and lets us pays to do the testing after that they put release patch all the time. So i got to say yes we stilluse old program. I must even say that around the year 2000 i was working for a big airplane company as a support technicien, in this company some of the system were running on box as old as i was at the time if not older, one tech was paid big big big bucks just to take care of that system; now the system is in a virtual machine. After that job i did work for others company and i saw the same thing, some very old system was still working and maintains because it does the jobs. New OS should give us more facilities to kept old systems working... and not forcing us to pay again for software devellopement. Sorry fr my bad english it's not my main language. Lafa91

Bill Detwiler
Bill Detwiler

Yes. I'd like to know how many TR members support applications/devices/drivers that require (must run on) Windows XP and cannot run in natively in Windows 7 or Windows Vista.

leeric
leeric

I have likewise discovered that some apps will work under Win7 64 bit when they will not work under 32bit. AutoCAD LDT 2004 is one example.

anne.powel
anne.powel

Have a phone switch (MAT) system that will not run on anything beyond NT. It was written for 3.1. The other switch control won't work on anything beyond Win2k..and yes, I've tried it with virtual machines with no joy. Fun, fun..

Bellview
Bellview

A discontinued item with no Windows 7 and 64-bit support. XP-mode saved us from having to scrap this useful device.

Par-Pro
Par-Pro

Can you run 2 HD 1 with win 7 64bit and 1 HD with windows Pro 32 bit without losing the win 7 64 bit function?

shellyahu
shellyahu

Even XP Mode isn't all it's cracked up to be (you'd see how the W7 host's USB doesn't recognize VCR2PC and thus XPM also doesn't). But I digress... The biggest problem I see now, and I don't believe it's an XPM issue, it's rather MS'S Virtual PC implementation, is how sl-o-o-o-o-w the vn is...

john3347
john3347

I am using a Mustek 600 III EP Plus flatbed scanner and ProImage Plus (an old graphics photo editing application), both of which "just work" better than any bloated, 'trying to do everything for everybody' machine or application currently available. Neither of these even work in XP. This hardware and software situation kinda prove the point that "the more a machine or application tries to do; the less well it does any of them". I am having to maintain a Windows 2000 machine for these two items and not a whole lot more. To illustrate my point here: I have a Canon PIXMA MP600 sitting here with a fatal error code and must be replaced and an HP Photosmart C7280 sitting here with the corner of a sheet of paper lodged within causing a paper jam that is going to require major printer disassembly to clear while I am still printing (and doing nothing else but doing that well) with my HP Photosmart P1100 that is more than 10 years old.

rcstan
rcstan

Bill, In your transcript, you state "I'll post the path for each of these files in the video's blog notes." I cannot locate those paths.

dougogd
dougogd

supported by xp mode. At least a geforce3 level. s3 is not supported by the software.

gunnarh
gunnarh

My HP Scanjet 6300C flatbed scanner with sheet feeder etc is not supported by any OS more recent than XP. That holds me back. Maybe it is not even supported by Windows 7/XP??

john3347
john3347

These are two different questions. Example: The photo editing application I refer to in another post in this thread will install, but, run very poorly, in Windows XP, will not install in Windows Vista, and will install but run very poorly in Windows 7 as it does in XP. I originally installed this particular application in Windows 3.11 (8 character file names).

john3347
john3347

The opposite is also true for some applications - especially the simpler (generally the lower cost and free) programs. Of course, most of these fail to install into 64 bit OS. I installed Windows 7, 64 bit at one point and the first three applications I attempted to install produced an "incompatible with OS" message. I wiped 64 bit and reinstalled 32 bit and have not looked back.

tdambra
tdambra

Allocate at least 756MB to the VMs memory-allocation setting to get out of the mud...

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