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Unable to successfully install Update for Windows (KB958559) for Virtual PC

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Hello,

The PC in question is running Windows 7 32-bit. The client desires to run an application in XP Mode via Virtual PC. I checked the hardware requirements, and made sure to enable Virtualization in the BIOS.

When I run Update for Windows (KB958559), I am prompted to restart Windows (pretty typical for a Windows Update). Upon reboot, the update gets to 98% applying itself, when it fails, and uninstalls itself.

FYI, I ran all other pending Windows Updates, except Office 2010 SP2.

This Update for Windows (KB958559) is itself Virtual PC, so without it I cannot run XP Mode in Windows 7. I did a bit of research on the web, and was unable to resolve this.

Thanks to all for your help in advance.
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If you have Windows 7 Pro, you do not need Virtual PC to run XP Mode. Just download XP Mode and install it.

If you want to use Virtual PC, then you would build an XP machine as a guest machine.

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Just to check - You do have Windows 7 Pro. Is that correct?

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Correct, it is Windows 7 Pro. The intention of running XP Mode via Virtual PC is to run a program called Traverse on the virtual XP box, because it does not install properly in Windows 7. The user will then perform all other functions on his Win 7 session, with the XP window minimized.

How does XP Mode function without Virtual PC? Just curious as I have only used it a bit.
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You do not need Virtual PC for XP Mode for Windows 7 Pro. Go to Microsoft and then to All Downloads and download XP Mode. It is self contained. Uninstall Virtual PC, download XP Mode and install it. You will then have an XP machine.

I have done the above for clients and it works fine. I use VMware Workstation myself.

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Thank you. I will try this tomorrow and report back.
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Here is a link to XP Mode to assist you in finding it.

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-CA/windows7/install-and-use-windows-xp-mode-in-windows-7

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This worked! Thank you. I am using VMware Player.
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