A new system shipped with Win-7 w/ XP Mode.
XP-Mode was configured under the Win-7 admin profile.
XP apps were installed and configured in the VM under the admin(win-7) profile.
The laptop was then configured with a Win-7 User profile.
The win-7 user needs to access the XP-Mode VM that's located under the Admin profile.
I see similar threads online but no final answers.