Earlier this week I talked about integrated mode in Windows Virtual PC. And there I mentioned that there are times that you may want to disable integrated mode. You can do this on a running virtual machine by using the tools menu:
You can also permanently disable integrated mode by disabling integration features under the virtual machine settings:
But what if you need to disable integrated mode while a virtual machine is booting? Normally when a virtual machine with integration components installed is booting on Windows Virtual PC you will see the following display:
But what if you need to boot into safe mode? Or are trying to reinstall the operating system?
Well, you can do this by hitting “SHIFT + ESC” on this dialog. You will then get access to the virtual machine session with integration features disabled. This can be very handy at times.