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Issues Running VB6 In XP Mode of Win 7 Ultimate?

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I am a developer and must support the OS platforms and software develpment tools that my clients use.  I recently purchased a new computer.  Win XP is no longer available so I ordered the PC with Win 7 Ultimate and planned to use XP Mode for any XP specific products.  So far VB6 is the only product that would not load 'natively' in Win 7 Ult.

I am concerned with issuse in general but right now I have one specific issue.

I set up the XP Mode as specified and was initially very encouraged but ran into an issue with my app.  The main form in my app contains a tab contol with 5 tabs. As expected clicking the tab opens the contents of that tab. When I click the first tab after being on any of the other 4 tabs the contenst fo the prior tab are 'ghosted' on the display of the first tab.  This does not happen when clicking between any of the other tabs regrdless of what the prior tab was.

For example:  
I click tab 2 and see the contents of that tab.  
I then click Tab 4 and see the contents of that tab.
I then click Tab 1 and see the contents of tab 4 'ghosted' behind the contents of tab 1.  Anywhere there is space on the contents of tab 1 I see the contents of tab 4.
I click on tab 3 and see it perfectly.

I can click anywhere btween tabs 2 and 5 endlessly and everythign looks fine.  As soon as I click on the first tab the contents of the prior tab intermingle with the contents of the first tab,

Any ideas?

I am also concerend about any other issues that EE'ers have encountered trying to develop VB6 in the XP mode environment.  Right now I'm leaning towards returning the new PC.

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IF you have to develop/support VB6 applications in a pure windows XP environment then develope in a pure XP environment.
Why not install a VM Player/VM Workstation with a true Windows XP image installed with your dev environment installed?

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I would definitely prefer a pure XP environment but I'm having issues with my old computer and couldn't purchase a new one with XP.

I don't know what you mean by 'Why not install a VM Player/VM Workstation with a true Windows XP image installed with your dev environment installed?"  I am not a hardware person.  Is this something that can be installed and run on the Win 7 Ult machine, or are you speaking about a  seperate unit just for my develpment work.

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IF you have a windows XP install CD you can go to www.vmware.com/d/info/desktop_downloads/vmware_player/3_0 and download VMPlayer, install it and then install a Virtual XP computer running inside your windows 7 computer.
Do some quick reading on Virtual Computers and VMPlayer, that will give you the idea of what you can do.

Neil
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If you have your old XP installation CD, you can buy or build a new PC and upgrade it to XP - Microsoft will allow you to use the Win.7 pro license to register your new XP PC.
Thousands of developers and even large corporations are doing this..
Many corporations only upgraded to XP a few years ago (from Win2000) - they don't intent to upgrade again for another 3 or 4 years, they use the above option on all their new PCs.
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Neilsr that link is not found
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