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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...

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