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Ms Virtual Pc Locks Up Computer

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#1 Andrew


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Posted 18 March 2007 - 06:11 PM

In the past, I've used MS Virtual PC 2003 to run an installation of Windows 2000 SP4 (in which I would open suspicious files and such, rather than in the system proper).

I haven't used it in a while, and there have been at least one intervening fresh install of Windows XP Pro SP2 on my machine.

Now, a few days ago, I wanted to install ubuntu 6.10 on the VM so I installed MSVPC2003 and created a virtual hard drive, etc. I boot the virtual machine from my physical optical drive and booted the Ubuntu CD. This had the effect of completely freezing the entire machine. No BSOD, but the computer was completely unresponsive. The cpas lock light wouldn't even come on when I pressed the key!

So, hard reboot, and try again. Same result. So I downloaded and installed MS Virtual PC 2007. Same result.

I got to believe that MS must have "accidently" made MSVPC incompatible with the Linux kernel (I also tried freeBSD and Puppy Linux, no dice) and I gave up.

Then yesterday, I tried to install Windows 2000 on the VPC. It got as far as asking me to set the date and time (after the first rebot) and froze just like Ubuntu.

I don't understan why it isn't working! THe only difference that I can think of between the time it worked and now is that I've performed a fresh install of Windows XP and used Autopatcher to bring the new installation up to date without re-downloading all the updates from MS. Could Autopatcher be the problem?

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Posted 19 March 2007 - 07:06 PM

No error messages while installing the program?

I'd suggest checking the Event Viewer for problems, then I'd leave Task Manager open to the Processes tab to see what happens when you start the VM. I suspect some sort of corruption in the OS - but haven't tried either with Linux. They both work fine for me with other versions of Windows.
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