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Win 7 Pro / XP Mode / Multiple Users

Posted on 2011-03-24
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I have one PC that is Windows 7 Pro on the domain.  I'm trying to run a propriety program for any user that logs on to this windows 7 machine with domain credentials.  I can get XP Mode loaded with the program needed, and then use the program no problem within XP Mode apps with the administrator account that I set everything up with.  
The issue lies with any other user login into the machine.  I put the program in the all user program folder on the virtual XP machine so they can see the XP Mode app. With some of the different configs I have tried the systems (win 7) shows it as an unrecognizable file, other times win 7 recognizes the file but will not lunch, say something along the line, cannot start virt app - the virt machine configuration name "windows xp mode" could not be found.  I'm thinking I don't have the virtual pc file located where all users have access to it.

I have tried many different configurations, moving files, vhd, XP Mode apps and folders to many locations, but none seems to work just right.

If someone has a link to a step-by-step install and config process that would be great, or just post a step-by-step.

I am going to begin uninstalling XP Mode, deleting my vhd and all associated files, and uninstall virtual pc update while awaiting an answer.  This way I can start from scratch and make some documentation configuring this the right way!  

Thank you all in advance!
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by:Reece Dodds
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the virtual machine config is stored in the appdata/local folder of the user that create it - i think.
If you give Full Control permissions to "Everyone" for the folder (and it's contents) that this config lives in, then create a shortcut on the All Users desktop to the XP Mode, this should then be able to have lunch ("win 7 recognizes the file but will not lunch").
This is only a suggestion, i have not personally tried it and could be completely wrong...
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Thank you reecem27, but your suggestion was not successful.  I ended up doing a work around that is quite undesirable, but it works and is my solution for now.  

After building the XP Mode Virtual Machine the way I needed, computer joined to the domain with apps installed and working, I created a folder in c:\Users\Public called VM Users, copied all files related to this virtual machine from the profile it was created in -

- my virtual machine build location - C:\Users\USER_NAME\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows Virtual PC\Virtual Machines\

 -files copied - Windows XP Mode.vhd , Windows XP Mode.vmc, Windows XP Mode.vmc.vpcbackup, Windows XP Mode.vsv)

*Don't know if I needed all these files, but I know I needed most, so I just copied them all.

Now this virtual machine and XP Mode application are now available for all users who log into it.  The only issue is that the current user must know the user name and password of the user who built the virtual machine to begin with.  If a user tries to launch an application, or the virtual machine, then they get prompted for user name and password and they use their own credentials, there is an error message generated saying something along the lines of "This machine does not allow for interactive logins."  If the user provides the credentials for the user who built the VM (which is something I must provide because they don't know it), then the login is successful, and the application launches no problem.  I have just set up the ONE user who uses this application through Windows 7 and XP mode and saved all login setting so everything seems seemless to the user.  This is fine for now, but will become a bigger problem once I get more Windows 7 boxes on the network who need to use this very, very old properitary software.

Anyone have any suggestions on the "interactive log on" issue. or the way I created the VM and just copied the VM files and/or location of the files.
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by:kristian1979
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Since this seems to be a stumper, I will accept my last post as the solution, though I am still not excited about the way I have this set up.

Further post are still welcome.

Thanks!
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by:kristian1979
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I am excepting my own post as the solution since I have found a work around for my issue.  
I am selecting a grade lower than an 'A' because I have selected my own post as the solution, and I am not happy with my solution.
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