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Oct 26, 2012

Can't run Windows Virtual PC in Windows 8 Pro.

Was running Windows 7 Professional using Windows Virtual PC to run XP mode to operate AutoCAD 2000. Since I upgraded I can't open AutoCAD. Do I have to reinstall Virtual PC? Did I lose all my dwg files from XP mode?

D
07/09/2013

While Microsoft has tried to prevent Virtual PC 2007 being installed on Windows 8, you can still install it and it still works!

 

But to do this you need to make a couple of edits in your Group Policy Editor (gpedit.msc)

Go to: Computer Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Windows Components -> Application Compatibility

 

Enable both Application Compatibility Engine and Program Compatibility Assistant.

 

Reboot your computer. Download the Virtual PC installation, and then rename the setup file to something different, and then installation will proceed without restriction.

 

I have more details and pictures to help here: http://daniel-mitchell.com/blog/run-virtual-pc-in-windows-8-bypass-compatibility-assistant/

 

Hope this helps.

t
11/06/2012

If by "upgrade" you mean to Windows 8 (any flavor), then you are done. Windows 8 does NOT run Windows Virtual PC. This "feature" has been replaced by "Hyper-V" which explicitly does NOT include "XP Mode". In fact, now Microsoft claims that "XP Mode" under Windows Virtual PC was just a side-effect [that marketing turned into a selling point]. Autodesk fully appreciates Microsoft's cooperation and stands ready to assist you in upgrading to a version of AutoCAD that is compatible with Windows 8.

 

http://www.winsupersite.com/article/windows8/windows-8-tip-virtualize-hyperv-143521

 

r
10/26/2012

Sorry, I totally missed that you said in the question header that you upgraded to Windows 8 Pro.  I should follow a version of the old carpentry rule of measuring vs. cutting and read twice, post once.  

r
10/26/2012

 

Since upgrading Windows 7 or your machine?  If it is the latter, my first thought is that the hardware might not support Windows XP mode due to the requirement that VT be built in natively by the CPU. Obviously, this wouldn't be the problem if you are using the same hardware as before.  If your CPU doesn't support hardware assisted virtualization, then you can download KB977206 to run Windows Virtual PC without hardware virtualization.  

http://www.mydigitallife.info/download-kb977206-to-run-windows-virtual-p...

http://download.microsoft.com/download/0/A/3/0A32

 

Other than that, I'm pretty much drawing a blank.  Good luck.

 

10/26/2012
You might have to wait for an update to Virtual PC. It's possible that it hasn't yet been updated so that your virtual machines will run on Windows 8. I'd check the Virtual PC site regularly to see if an update is on the way. You may also want to drop customer service an email to see if an update is pending. I'm sure Microsoft will make it work eventually, but it may not happen right away.
10/26/2012
You might have to wait for an update to Virtual PC. It's possible that it hasn't yet been updated so that your virtual machines will run on Windows 8. I'd check the Virtual PC site regularly to see if an update is on the way. You may also want to drop Virtual PC customer service an email to see if an update is pending. I'm sure Microsoft will make it work eventually, but it may not happen right away.
10/26/2012
You might have to wait for an update to Virtual PC. It's possible that it hasn't yet been updated so that your virtual machines will run on Windows 8. I'd check the Virtual PC site regularly to see if an update is on the way. You may also want to drop Virtual PC customer service an email to see if an update is pending. I'm sure Microsoft will make it work eventually, but it may not happen right away.
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