Using “built in” applications with Windows XP mode

tweetmeme_url = ‘’; Last week I was asked, on Twitter, if it was possible to publish a built in application (like Internet Backgammon) from Windows XP mode.  The answer is: Yes, but it is a little tricky. Most people use Windows XP mode to run specific applications that they have that will not run under… Read more

Running DOS fullscreen applications in Windows XP Mode

tweetmeme_url = ‘’; Here is a problem that I was asked about a while ago: When I try to start a DOS application that switches to fullscreen in Windows XP Mode – it fails with an error that states “The video device failed to initialize for fullscreen mode.  Choose ‘Close’ to terminate the application.”  Why… Read more

Installing Internet Explorer 8 in Windows XP mode

tweetmeme_url = ‘’; If you are like me, and obsessively ensure that all your virtual machines are kept up-to-date with the latest patches at all times, you may have wondered why your Windows XP mode virtual machine seems to be stuck with Internet Explorer 6. No matter how many times you check for updates –… Read more

Enabling 24-bit color in Windows XP Mode

tweetmeme_url = ‘’; Before I get started today – I want to make one thing very clear: the content of this post is not officially supported by Microsoft.  Feel free to try it out – but if you hit problems do not go contacting Microsoft Product support – as this is unsupported. With that out… Read more

Enabling ClearType on Windows XP Mode

tweetmeme_url = ‘’; If you are using Windows XP mode on an LCD display – you may notice that the font looks a little jagged.  The reason for this is simple.  ClearType is not enabled. While Windows Vista and Windows 7 both enable ClearType by default – Windows XP (which was released when LCD screens… Read more

How to fix incorrect logon information for Windows XP mode

tweetmeme_url = ‘’; It is possible to get into a state where Windows XP mode stores the wrong logon information. There are a couple of ways to hit this problem – but the most common cause is because you have changed your password inside Windows XP.  The result is that when you start Windows XP… Read more

Master of Orion II under Windows Virtual PC–part 2

tweetmeme_url = ‘’; A long time ago I blogged about playing Master of Orion II under Virtual PC.  In this post I talked about using the DOS version of Master of Orion II. Recently I was asked if it was possible to run the Windows version of Master of Orion II under Windows Virtual PC. … Read more

What is the Default Virtual Machine Location for Windows Virtual PC? (And why is it what it is?)

tweetmeme_url = ‘’; My post on how to configure the default virtual machine location for Windows Virtual PC has raised a number of questions.  One of which is: what is the default default virtual machine location for Windows Virtual PC?  This question is almost always then followed by the question – why is it that?… Read more

Windows Virtual PC Everywhere – Part 2

tweetmeme_url = ‘’; Continuing in my theme of running Windows Virtual PC everywhere – I think it is time to provide an update on my Virtual PC on Hyper-V post from just over 2 years ago.  So here is the updated Windows XP Mode on Windows Virtual PC on Windows 7 on Hyper-V on Windows… Read more

Windows Virtual PC Update – Remember to Upgrade Integration Components

tweetmeme_url = ‘’; A couple of people have contacted me and reported performance issues with Windows XP Mode on systems without hardware virtualization support.  One thing that I did not mention in my post last week was that you will need to upgrade the integration components on the Windows XP virtual machine after applying the… Read more