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Hi Expertis. I have to run a program on a Win 7 32 bit os and have down loaded the xp mode app as well as the virtual pc app. I must have botched the installation because when I start virtual pc the xp mode does not show up. Is there any guidance you can offer?
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by:PowerEdgeTech
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To run it the first time, to go Start, All Programs, Windows Virtual PC, Windows XP Mode ... this will start the actual setup following installation of XP Mode.  Make sure to set a password for XPMUser.  Then it will show up in Windows Virtual PC as a configured VM that you can start from there.
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by:ded9
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Uninstall virtual pc. Do not uninstall XP mode.

Watch the videos on this website

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


Ded9
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PowerEdge Tech: Something went wrong in the set up because when I open Virtual PC, I don't see XP Mode
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by:PowerEdgeTech
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Don't uninstall yet ... make sure you have gone through the initial setup of XP Mode first.  It will not show up under Virtual PC until you set it up.
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by:WAT1948
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ded9: Are you saying that I should not have installed virtual pc? Becuase that is what I thought. I did not install at first but I did not see xp mode in the start menu after I had installed xp mode.
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Go to Start, All Programs, Windows Virtual PC ... do you see XP Mode there?  If not, then it must be corrupt, but it does NOT show up if you run Virtual PC until after you set up XP Mode in All Programs.
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by:WAT1948
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PowerEdge Tech: Are there instructions for this? Their instruction look like it should just appear without configuration.
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by:PowerEdgeTech
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Not in Virtual PC, but under the Windows Virtual PC folder in All Programs ... I just did it on mine.
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by:WAT1948
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Poweredge Tech: XP Mode does not show up in all programs. If I run the installation over it indicates that it is already installed. If I run virtual pc it wants me to set up a virtual machine. The XP mode does not show up.
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by:ded9
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Okay my bad- first install xp mode and then install virtual pc.

Check this video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yBqDpVquIbI

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I am going to uninstall and try again. It is just not acting the way the instruction indicate.
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I just want to be clear what I mean (also, because if this is not what you experienced, you may experience it when you reinstall).  If you launch Virtual PC after installing XP Mode, the XP Mode will NOT show up in your list of configured VM's.  You must FIRST launch XP Mode to set it up ... ONLY then will it show up as a VM in Virtual PC.

Before:
 Before launching XP Mode - Virtual PC VM list is empty.
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 After launching XP Mode - setup begins - adds XP Mode to list of Virtual PC VM's.
However, if you don't have the link to Windows XP Mode under the Windows Virtual PC folder on the Start Menu, then yes, you have a problem and can try reinstalling.

You probably already know that XP Mode is for Professional, Enterprise, and Ultimate editions of Windows 7 ... other versions will let you install XP Mode, but XP Mode will NOT run.
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by:WAT1948
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I don't have a folder for Virtual PC. Just the icon to start it. I did not have the virtual setting checked in the bios.
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by:PowerEdgeTech
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That will help it run better, but if you install all three updates as instructed (or have SP1 installed), then it should run regardless of whether you had VT enabled in the BIOS.
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by:WAT1948
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I am going to use restore point and go back to this morning and try again. Has not been a good day.
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by:ded9
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I would recommend running hav test first

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=0ee2a17f-8538-4619-8d1c-05d27e11adb2&displaylang=en


virtual setting in the bios should be enabled first


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by:WAT1948
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I did and enabled in bio. Will system restore change that back?
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I am leaving for the day. XP Mode is still downloading. Do I need to download virtual pc or does this install with the XP mode application? If I do need to download is the correct install order XP application and then vrtual pc?

Thanks for the help. I will probably try to finish this over the weekend if not then Monday morning.
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by:ryan_johnston
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http://www.microsoft.com/windows/virtual-pc/download.aspx

You MUST do them in the order it says on the page...steps 2,3,4.  

If I were you, I'd just make sure it is completely uninstalled, then start with those.  I just did this for 9 workstations last week for a 15 year old application my client was using.  There are some other things you're going to want to do after the install as well.
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by:PowerEdgeTech
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As Ryan reiterated ... just follow the instructions on the actual download page for XP Mode ... Microsoft has made this very easy, giving the files needed and the order in which they should be installed.
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by:WAT1948
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Thanks everyone... The main problem was that I had not set the bios for virtualizatio. I appreciate the guidance.
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