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Microsoft Virutal PC 2007 How do apply the changes stored in the undo disk to the Virtual Machine

Posted on 2011-03-23
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While experimenting with Microsoft virtual PC on my desktop machine I configured the installation to use an undo drive. My virtual PC is gotten very slow and my undo drive is approximately 35 GB. How do I merge the undo drive with the virtual machine and apply the changes.

Virtual PC help us indicates you should shut down the machine right mouse click the virtual machine file and go to settings but I do not see settings in the menu.

Thanks in advance,

Steve
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by:LeeTutor
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You are right clicking on the .vcmx file in the Virtual Machines folder?  I have captured a screen shot of my virtual machines, and if I right click on one of them, I will get a context menu that includes Settings as one of its options: Virtual Machines folder
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Here's a better screen capture, where I've captured the right click menu:

 virtual machines with right click menu
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See attached for my screenshot.

Just as a side note how do you see a file extension in file Explorer?

I am clicking on the file focus which is the name of the machine and it says virtual machine settings file when I right-click on that there is no option for settings the other two files in their that are associated with focus our the virtual machine hard drive image the focus.vmc.bpcbackup file and the VirtualPCUndo_Focus_0_0_131445325 the virtual machine undo drive us Virtual-Machines-for-Experts-Exc.pdf
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Hold down the Alt key to see the Menu bar (File  Edit View  Tools Help), click on the Tools menu in this bar, select Folder Options, then in the window that opens up, click on the View tab.  Then click to remove the check mark next to "Hide extensions for known file types" and click the OK button.  That will show you all file extensions.  As shown in my screenshot, you then have to right click the file with .vcmx file extension.
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By the way, if you don't want to hold down the Alt key to see the Menu bar, but instead want to see it always, then click on the Organize menu in Windows Explorer, navigate down to the Layout item in that menu, then click to put a check mark next to Menu Bar.
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I am totally shutting machine down by doing a Action / Close / Shutdown. I'm not hibernating it or putting it in standby. I have the integration tools enabled.

"About" Virtual PC indicates that I am running Windows 7 ultimate build 7601: service pack 1. This is what I get from hitting the about button in the virtual PC window that has Action USB Tools control alt delete across the bar. My native operating system is Windows 7 ultimate build 7601: service pack one and it is 64-bit.

Tools settings shows the Undo Disks Enabled and grayed out as the machine is running as is the modify.

Arrrgggg

Steve
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All I have is a .vmc file. Type is Virtual Machine Setting File.

I searched all of C drive and there was no *.vcmx I also looked for just vcmx
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Is the virtual machine in a saved state?  If so, then it is not really shut down and the Undo Disks Enabled option will be greyed out.

I've never used Undo Disks, so I have no direct experience to draw from.  See if this page, or any of the related articles, will be of help:

http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/8253-windows-virtual-pc-change-virtual-machine-settings.html
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If you click on your name below the account picture on the Start Menu, you will be shown all the folders in your profile.  One of them should be called Virtual Machines, and on my pc that is where the .vcmx files are.  Maybe this folder or the contents are hidden on your pc.
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by:steveurich
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I went to C:\users\my name
and saw the focus.vcmx file.

I clicked on Modify and it says that the virtual hard disk being replaced has an associated undo disk. This undo disk will be deleted. Of course Microsoft in their wisdom does not include a cancel button just an OK. I am coping the undo disk and then will click OK. The ESC key did not even let me out of the popup.

They wonder why folks prefer VMware.

Should I end Task to back out or do I risk corruption of the config files?

I am assuming that I should have clicked on Undo Disks.

Steve
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