I guess I’ll start with why I love drag and drop in Virtual PC. Firstly – Virtual PC is the most drag and drop friendly application I know.
- Want to mount a CD .ISO? Drag and drop it on to the CD icon.
- Want to change the .VHD? Drag and drop the new .VHD file onto the ‘Virtual hard disk file:’ text box and it will put the right information in there.
- Want to create a shortcut to a specific virtual machine? Drag and drop the virtual machine off of the Virtual PC console onto the desktop.
- Want to copy a file into or out of a virtual machine? Drag and drop the file – and you are done.
So why do I hate drag and drop in Virtual PC?
Simple – it was originally implemented on Virtual PC for Macintosh – where most people only have one mouse button. As a result – drag and drop on Virtual PC (for Windows) only works if you use the left mouse button.
Now – my background in operating systems is actually very OS/2 heavy – and on OS/2 you can only drag and drop with the right mouse button. In Windows you can drag and drop with the right mouse button with no problems – but not in Virtual PC.
Drives me crazy…
The other reason why I hate it is that it generates the most cryptic error messages: ‘An error has occurred during a drag and drop error (d3)’
I don’t even know what that means. We should really fix that.