Post by SteveGG
Running an XP virtual machine to accomodate older programs, that won't
run in later versions of Windows. How do I get files (programs) loaded
to the virtual HD? The virtual machine doesn't seem to have access to
the CD drive (any idea why?) or I'd use that.
Well, your description almost sounds like you are
using "WinXP Mode" and Windows Virtual PC. The interface
on that is less intuitive than the older VPC2007.
VirtualBox (an Oracle/Sun product from virtualbox.org)
on the other hand, how can you miss the "Settings" dialog ?
It has a much nicer and more obvious interface.
In the storage section there, you can verify whether a virtual CD
drive has been added, or whether the virtual CD drive is mapped
to the physical CD/DVD drive in the computer.
VirtualBox should be "visually obvious". It only runs in rooted mode.
There is a window drawn, which contains the entire WinXP desktop.
Windows Virtual PC uses Terminal Services for communication between
the running instance, and the screen. Windows Virtual PC supports
rooted mode (draws a window holding the whole desktop). It also
supports rootless mode, where when you start Notepad in the
WinXP instance, a Notepad window appears in the Windows 7 desktop.
You did use the words "Virtual box" in your Subject: header,
but my spider-sense tells me you're actually running
Windows Virtual PC and the freebie "WinXP Mode" for W7Pro or greater.
Windows Virtual PC, the GUI is easy to miss, and the fact
you can't find the CD setting, tells me that's what you're missing.
In your Win7 home directory, should be a "Virtual Machines" directory.
If you highlight the "Windows XP Mode" entry, and use Settings,
maybe you'll get to see the traditional setup box ? This picture
shows the user accessing the Settings. His DVD drive is set to E: .Loading Image...
( http://www.pcworld.com/article/204720/network_win7_xp_mode.html )