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Problems with Windows Virtual machine for Windows XP Pro installation

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  • Hi All,

    I have installed Microsoft Virtual PC on Windows 7 Pro.  The reason is that I am working on a contract that involves upgrading a VB6 project to VS2015.  My first step is to examine the files used in the original configuration.  One program will not install on Windows 7.  So that lead me to the Microsoft Virtual PC.

    I got the Virtual PC installed.  I dug out my Windows XP Pro CD but could not find the product key.  I found the product key on the CD by looking at folder i386 on the cd and finding file Unattended.txt.  I printed out the page, punched in the Product key, and it will not take.

    Any suggestions?

    Friday, October 21, 2016 1:57 PM

Answers

  • I just mounted an ISO for XP I had and the key listed in unattend is not the one I would use to install the product. I think it is just a placeholder / example. There really is no forum for licensing issues. You probably would have to contact the seller or a licensing specialist.

    https://www.microsoft.com/licensing/servicecenter/Help/Contact.aspx

    (btw VB6 will install fine on Windows 7 or might try XP Mode)

     

     

     



    Regards, Dave Patrick ....
    Microsoft Certified Professional
    Microsoft MVP [Windows Server] Datacenter Management

    Disclaimer: This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties or guarantees, and confers no rights.



    Friday, October 21, 2016 2:31 PM
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  • As much as I know (from experience) the licensing team will not help regarding win xp as the system over the support time life. Moreover, VB6 also need a licence! make sure you have it. I would probably try the second option Dave mentioned which is installing VB6 on the main OS (win 7). You should have no issue installing on the same machine VS 2015, as long as you install it in the right order, which mean first VB6 and then VS 2015 (according to documentation I found both System Requirements fir to win 7).

    I found the following short tutorial. I have not test it or read it in deep, but in first glance it seems good. please check if this help you, and remember that that VB6 is not longer supported and anything you do is on your own risk:

    http://www.fortypoundhead.com/showcontent.asp?artid=20502

    Here you can see official documentation saying that VB6 Works Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012, and Windows 10. But the VS team dose not committed to this, they just committed to “It Just Works” compatibility :-)
    https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/vstudio/ms788708.aspx

    * If you have MSDN subscription then you can download windowx XP and use it. This is the option to use if you still want to use win XP and you lost the key.


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    Sunday, October 23, 2016 12:34 AM
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  • I just mounted an ISO for XP I had and the key listed in unattend is not the one I would use to install the product. I think it is just a placeholder / example. There really is no forum for licensing issues. You probably would have to contact the seller or a licensing specialist.

    https://www.microsoft.com/licensing/servicecenter/Help/Contact.aspx

    (btw VB6 will install fine on Windows 7 or might try XP Mode)

     

     

     



    Regards, Dave Patrick ....
    Microsoft Certified Professional
    Microsoft MVP [Windows Server] Datacenter Management

    Disclaimer: This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties or guarantees, and confers no rights.



    Friday, October 21, 2016 2:31 PM
    Moderator
  • As much as I know (from experience) the licensing team will not help regarding win xp as the system over the support time life. Moreover, VB6 also need a licence! make sure you have it. I would probably try the second option Dave mentioned which is installing VB6 on the main OS (win 7). You should have no issue installing on the same machine VS 2015, as long as you install it in the right order, which mean first VB6 and then VS 2015 (according to documentation I found both System Requirements fir to win 7).

    I found the following short tutorial. I have not test it or read it in deep, but in first glance it seems good. please check if this help you, and remember that that VB6 is not longer supported and anything you do is on your own risk:

    http://www.fortypoundhead.com/showcontent.asp?artid=20502

    Here you can see official documentation saying that VB6 Works Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012, and Windows 10. But the VS team dose not committed to this, they just committed to “It Just Works” compatibility :-)
    https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/vstudio/ms788708.aspx

    * If you have MSDN subscription then you can download windowx XP and use it. This is the option to use if you still want to use win XP and you lost the key.


    signature   Ronen Ariely
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    Sunday, October 23, 2016 12:34 AM
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