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01-04-2010, 07:46 PM
I have installed VMLite and Windows XPmode on my Windows 7 home premium machine and it works fine except the XP mode does recognise either the USB devices or the DVD drive. The drivers all seem up to date. Is this normal behavior for XP mode or can I do something to access the devices?

01-04-2010, 07:51 PM
under properties, have you selected the integrated features option? Here (http://www.imagef1.net.nz/files/xpmode.JPG)

Speedy Gonzales
01-04-2010, 08:12 PM
XP mode doesnt use VMlite. And XP mode isnt part of Premium

01-04-2010, 08:12 PM
How do I get to the Windows virtualization window shown? Remember this version of W7 does not normally support virtualization hence the VMLite.

01-04-2010, 08:48 PM
XP mode doesnt use VMlite. And XP mode isnt part of Premium

This is the work around from Wainui since Home pre doesn't have XP mode, and doesn't require hardware virtualization

Speedy Gonzales
01-04-2010, 08:50 PM
I know. You dont need VT if you have Ult, Pro either (now)

01-04-2010, 09:30 PM
The XP mode on a W7 that actually supports it works fine for the USB.

BUT if you only have Home Pre, you need VMLite -- it does work (mostly).

To check on the CD drive, click on Devices / CD/DVD devices, make sure the drive it ticked As shown (http://www.imagef1.net.nz/files/VMliteCD.png), I have a CD in th drive and it works fine - as for the USB, thats a bit of a gray area.

Just found This article (http://www.sevenforums.com/virtualization/56399-vmlite-xp-mode-plugin-virtualbox-released.html) Re the USB, instructions and theres a download link at the bottom for the plugin - says it allows the USB. You need to register ( its free) before allowing you to download ( Item number 4). Its 57MB,Downloading it now to try ( tomorrow) bit on the slow side tonight :sleep ( the Internet, not me) :lol:

So I can let you know tomorrow if the USB are now working.

02-04-2010, 08:40 AM
Thanks Wainuitech, CD is now working, I await with interest your trial with the USB.

02-04-2010, 02:03 PM
OK USB DOES work -- bit of mucking about, but thats because the current VMLite, still doesn't support USB as it is -- SO follow the instructions I posted on the previous post Instructions again (http://www.vmlite.com/index.php/forums/13-announcements/1059-vmlite-xp-mode-plugin-for-virtualbox-released).

I started from fresh so there wouldn't be problems :rolleyes: Anyway.

Uninstall the Current VMlite, download the two files from that site, the first one is Sun Virtual Box ( 70MB) & VMLite Plugin for VirtualBox, I then went into (my user Name) and dumped the VMlites File (folder) Sun makes a new folder called .Virtual box.

Install Sun VirtualBox. Then install VMLite Plugin for VirtualBox, load in XPmode as before -- Now USB will work. If you look At this (http://www.imagef1.net.nz/files/USB1.png) - My USB drive is now showing - clcik it and the drivers will install ( See Note Below) - before clicking - if you look in My Computer (http://www.imagef1.net.nz/files/Capture11270169916.png) NO USB drive :crying BUT After ticking (http://www.imagef1.net.nz/files/CaptureShowing.PNG) :banana.

Note: when you plug in the USB drive, you may get two pop up windows (autorun on drives) One will be for the Virtual Machine, the other will be for windows 7 - if you dont allow the right one it wont show in VM.

"should" work for a USB printer as well - just may ask for software. Cant test that, as all my printers are Network/Ethernet Based, no USB ones.

You can open XPmode from Sun VM or VMlite - doesn't matter.

04-04-2010, 10:19 PM
I would be interested to know why you need XP?
I haven't found anything that does not run on W7.

04-04-2010, 10:22 PM
Some programs Esp older ones wont run on XP.

Several months ago, I sold a new PC to a customer, they had 6or 7 older programs that would run on XP, but not in W7. Installed XP mode and happy as.

04-04-2010, 11:13 PM
Can you remember what they were?
I run FTP95, professional file, in Dos Box, Office 2000, Supervoice Fax/Phone dialer, Publisher 2000, Desktop Pro 5, Word Express (came on floppys), Neopaint for Dos, Paint Shop Pro 8, Free Agent Mail, Geno Pro, Homesite 2.5,

I have one spares program which only works in W98 in VMWare.

04-04-2010, 11:30 PM
The programs were originally designed for W98 - cant remember their names, but from memory 2 were some sort of photo editing programs.

Another one seems to ring a bell was a genealogy program - I know another customer had the same problem with Vista and the program, in the end he brought the latest version - but these other people didn't want to.

05-04-2010, 09:22 AM
I want XP to run a legacy mapping program that likes to write to folders that are protected in W7 and Vista. There are other workarounds but this looked interesting. If it is satisfactory we may use it at Seniornet instead of dual booting for different operating systems. Dual booting is OK but slow to switch from one OS to another.

05-04-2010, 03:51 PM
I have not tried VMLite, only the full version, cant remember which one.

Have you tried the Microsoft Virtual programs?

If you need to change OS frequently, have you tried closing into hibernation? This may not work with W7 as it may bypass the Boot Menu. try it anyway.