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Cant install Hyper-V Integration Services on guest os

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I'm running Windows 10 Technical Preview as the host OS, and i'm trying to get my previous XP operating system running in a VM. It's all up and running except that in the Action Menu for the guest connection, the option to install integration services is not there. I've checked all the boxes in Hyper-V manager. So I don't understand this. can anyone help please?
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Microsoft say that Hyper-V Integration Services in Windows 10 Preview will now be delivered through Windows Update. The standard vmguest.iso file is no longer included with Hyper-V. See here for further information: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-au/library/dn765471.aspx#BKMK_IS
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That article refers to Windows Server technical preview, but it may well be relevant to Windows 10 preview also. However, If they are changing it so that Integration Services are to be delivered via windows update,  wouldn't they remove the ability to choose which integration services are offered from within the VM settings window? I can still go in there and choose the 6 IS options which are to be offered.
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I've now installed every single windows xp update and I didn't see anything about Hyper-V Integration Services. So i'm at a loss to know what to do next.
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Sorry just realised you were using a XP VM. Seeing as XP is now out of support, I doubt you'll be getting the Integration Services for XP through Windows Update. I'd be surprised if XP is even supported in Windows 10 Hyper-V.

Anyway, I think you can get around this issue by using a copy of the vmguest.iso file from a Windows Server 2012 R2 or Windows 8 machine. Do you have access to a machine with any of these operating systems installed?
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I can get access to a windows 8 machine. I'll search on there for it. I can also get a 180 day trial of Server 2012. So I could get it from there also.

I would have thought that a lot of people would want to preserve old operating systems in virtual machines. It's a shame that Microsoft have made this change.

Thanks for your help so far.

Ian
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Make sure it's running Windows 8.1 or Server 2012 R2 so you have the latest copy of the Integration Services. The Hyper-V role also has to be enabled on the machine otherwise these files won't exist.

In Windows 8.1 I believe the Integration Services files are stored in C:\Windows\VMGuest . Create an ISO image from this folder using a program such as ImgBurn (beware of some crapware it may install), copy it across to your Windows 10 machine, mount the ISO file to your XP VM then run the command D:\Support\x86\setup.exe to install the Integration Services.

This should then get your XP VM up and running properly. Keep me posted with how you go.
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Well that was an interesting few hours..... Firstly I got a windows 8.1 laptop and tried enabling Hyper-V, but it wouldn't let me because the bios didn't support virtualization. So then I downloaded a trial version of Server 2012 and installed that in a VM. But laughed when that wouldn't allow me to enable Hyper-V because a hypervisor was already running! Anyway I googled around and found some powershell tweaks that would enable Hyper-V anyway and I then got the vmguest folder.

So thanks for your help. It's sorted now. I was surprised to find that the XP vm now runs noticeably slower since installing the Integration Services.
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That's unfortunate. Guess it's Microsoft's way of trying to get everyone off XP!

Glad I could help.
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