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    Hello all,
    I am a newbie here; and perhaps like you all, a desperate problem has brought me here.
    I am running Windows 7 on virtual PC and to perform certain tasks, I am simply trying to drag and drop some files from my base Windows XP machine to the Windows 7 Virtual PC.
    However, it doesn't seem to work.
    I have tried:
    - drag and drop
    - copy and paste
    - Installing virtual machine additions
    - rebooting the computer

    None seem to help. Any ideas from those who have done this before or seem to know the technical reason behind it?
    Thanks in advance!

  • #2
    Re: Help copying files from Windows XP base machine to Windows 7 Virtual PC

    Have you installed / enabled the virtual machine additions?


    Edit -- sorry, I see you have installed them -- have you checked in the properties of the VM they are enabled?
    Have you rebooted your VPC since?

    Have you tried reinstalling the additions?
    Tom Jones
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    • #3
      Re: Help copying files from Windows XP base machine to Windows 7 Virtual PC

      Originally posted by Ossian View Post
      Have you installed / enabled the virtual machine additions?


      have you checked in the properties of the VM they are enabled?
      Have you rebooted your VPC since?

      Have you tried reinstalling the additions?

      I did install my virtual machine after installing the virtual machine addition, however, it is now coming up with a blue screen of death!
      If I don't install the virtual machine addition, it runs fine. But ofcourse, there is no point if I cannot copy files into the virtual machine.

      I am trying to reinstall the windows 7 on virtual PC now. Will keep you posted.
      Let me know please if you know anything about this blue screen issue.

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      • #4
        Re: Help copying files from Windows XP base machine to Windows 7 Virtual PC

        If additions will not work, you cannot drag and drop. You must install additions AFTER installing the guest OS

        How about sharing a folder on the 7 virtual machine and connecting to it on the host? (or the other way around)
        Tom Jones
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        • #5
          Re: Help copying files from Windows XP base machine to Windows 7 Virtual PC

          bearebel, what I do when I install a VM is to save it to a storage location. If I need to use that VM, I Copy & Paste the VM to the location that I want to use it from. This was you only ever have to create a single VM. This way the original VM is never used except when Updating or copying to replace a borked one. Saves a crap load of time.
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          • #6
            Re: Help copying files from Windows XP base machine to Windows 7 Virtual PC

            Originally posted by Ossian View Post
            If additions will not work, you cannot drag and drop. You must install additions AFTER installing the guest OS

            How about sharing a folder on the 7 virtual machine and connecting to it on the host? (or the other way around)
            Reinstalled the Windows 7 on Virtual PC; same problem reappeared!!
            Can install Additions, but after the restart, it just prompts to restore to a previous state.

            Also, I tried connecting my Windows 7 to the internet by using the 'Shared NAT' network adapter (as I usually and successfully do with other Virtual Machines); but it doesn't let me connect to internet although it receives an IP by DHCP. Weird!

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            • #7
              Re: Help copying files from Windows XP base machine to Windows 7 Virtual PC

              Originally posted by biggles77 View Post
              bearebel, what I do when I install a VM is to save it to a storage location. If I need to use that VM, I Copy & Paste the VM to the location that I want to use it from. This was you only ever have to create a single VM. This way the original VM is never used except when Updating or copying to replace a borked one. Saves a crap load of time.
              Certainly. That is what I do as well. However, I cannot install 'Additions' on any of these VMs that I have copied from one single VM.

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              • #8
                Re: Help copying files from Windows XP base machine to Windows 7 Virtual PC

                Originally posted by bearebel View Post
                Reinstalled the Windows 7 on Virtual PC; same problem reappeared!!
                Can install Additions, but after the restart, it just prompts to restore to a previous state.

                Also, I tried connecting my Windows 7 to the internet by using the 'Shared NAT' network adapter (as I usually and successfully do with other Virtual Machines); but it doesn't let me connect to internet although it receives an IP by DHCP. Weird!
                Found a solution!
                It only works if Windows 7 is installed on Virtual PC SP1 !

                Next problem...I need to activate this copy of Windows 7. I have the product key, but cannot connect to the Internet from Windows 7 Virtual PC. Has the IP if I use SHared NAT option, but no internet access....any clue?

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                • #9
                  Re: Help copying files from Windows XP base machine to Windows 7 Virtual PC

                  Is there still a telephone activation option?
                  Tom Jones
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                  Ossian Ltd
                  Scotland

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                  • #10
                    Re: Help copying files from Windows XP base machine to Windows 7 Virtual PC

                    Post an IPCONFIG /ALL from the Win 7 VM. Also one from the XP machine.

                    Where is Win 7 getting its DHCP IP from?
                    Where does the XP machine get its IP from?
                    Can you ping an IP from the Win 7 VM? eg, ping the XP IP from Win 7 then ping Win 7 from XP machine.
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