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I am running virtual pc 2007 on an XP 32-bit machine. I am able to load an instance of Windows 98. It boots and allows me to logon. However, once running I am unable to gain access to the desktop. I can't click on any icons or access the start menu.

What am I doing wrong here?
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from the system requirements i can see that win98 are not compatible. see below:
Supported operating systems: Windows Server 2003, Standard Edition (32-bit x86), Windows Server 2003, Standard x64 Edition, Windows Vista Business, Windows Vista Business 64-bit edition, Windows Vista Enterprise, Windows Vista Enterprise 64-bit edition, Windows Vista Ultimate, Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit edition, Windows XP Professional Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition , Windows XP Tablet PC Edition

An x64-based or an x86-based computer with a 400 MHz or faster (1 GHz recommended) processor with L2 cache

Processor: AMD Athlon/Duron, Intel Celeron, Intel Pentium II, Intel Pentium III, Intel Pentium 4, Intel Core Duo, and Intel Core2 Duo

RAM: Add the RAM requirement for the host operating system that you will be using to the requirement for the guest operating system that you will be using. If you will be using multiple guest operating systems simultaneously, total the requirements for all the guest operating systems that you need to run simultaneously.

Available disk space: To determine the hard disk space required, add the requirement for each guest operating system that will be installed.

Virtual PC 2007 runs on: Windows Vista™ Business; Windows Vista™ Enterprise; Windows Vista™ Ultimate; Windows Server 2003, Standard Edition; Windows Server 2003, Standard x64 Edition; Windows XP Professional; Windows XP Professional x64 Edition; or Windows XP Tablet PC Edition
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I have found VPC to be a bit buggy.  Have you considered moving to Oracle VirtualBox?  It's a free solution and works wonders.
an excellent free alternative is to use vmware player which is for free and install the win98 that way

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Virtual PC is running on an XP professional computer. Windows 98 is the virtual machine

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I need to open the VHD virtual hard drive and get some files copied.  Can I do that with vmware
i understand that please look under the supported systems there is no win98
can i ask you what are you trying to achieve? i am a bit confused
you have one pc with one hard drive and you have partition it so the main operating system is windows xp and you have installed vp 2007 in order to run win98?

do you need to recover lost files? do you need to run a program only compatible with win98?

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I need to be able to retrieve files from a virtual hard drive (.vhd) the O/S on that drive is WIN98. the vhd can be accessed from my XP computer which is running virtual PC 2007.  I have done this previously, but I'm guessing it was with an older version of virtual pc.
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How do I mount the VHD drive in Windows 7?  When I double click on it, it is unrecognised
You can mount the drive by opening computer managment, Click on Disk Management, Click on the Action tab, and then Click on Attach VHD and browse to the location of the VHD.
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As noted above, you simply mount the VHD in Disk Management.    If you're not familiar with that, just right-click on Computer;  then select Manage.    Then click on Disk Management ... and mount it as noted above.

... Then (as I noted earlier) you can simply use Windows Explorer to navigate through the virtual drive and copy whatever files you need from (or to) it.

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