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Access program used in Windows 7 virtual machine

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#1 kmcampbell


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Posted 11 May 2016 - 07:11 PM

I upgraded my computer to Windows 10 from Windows 7 Professional a few days ago.  Have had several problems and have solved them all except one.  While using Windows 7, I created a virtual machine (Windows XP) to run an older program.  All worked well.  Now that I have upgraded to Windows 10, I'm having problems.  I have created a Windows XP virtual machine in Windows 10, but I can't find the program I used to run when I was using Windows 7.  It's critical that I am able to run this program for business purposes.  Any ideas?

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Posted 11 May 2016 - 07:44 PM

G'day kmcampbell, and Welcome to BC


A backup on an external drive would be the saving grace here.....


Given win 10's statement that it leaves nothing behind...perhaps your program is located in windows.old  (note the dot between windows and old)


If you can find windows.old on your windows 10 OS, have a look there......if not, install Everything


Once installed, open it, allow it to do its search (it is very quick) then type windows.old in and then open it and look for it there.

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Posted 12 May 2016 - 10:25 AM

I believe that Microsoft Virtual PC was used in W7, and that it doesn't work in W10

The alternative is (AFAIK) using Hyper-V - but I've had bad luck with it and gave up in favor of VirtualBox (which I also had problems with)

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Posted 13 May 2016 - 01:21 AM

Hi kmcampbell,


What software were you using to run the virtual machine? Is that program still available in All Apps in Start Menu? If not, all of the programs and data from your Windows 7 install will still be present in the Windows.old folder as per Condobloke's post.

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