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Configuring Windows XP Mode

by TripTripTrip / October 6, 2012 9:54 PM PDT

I recently upgraded from Windows XP to Windows 7 (Ultimate). All of my programs run beautifully on W7 with one exception--an old (and indispensable) version of Quicken for Windows.

Luckily, this program runs fine in Windows XP Mode. At the moment, however, I can't get XP mode fully set up.

Specifically:

Printer--Windows XP Mode does not see my printer. I thought in XP Mode all my peripherals were made available to the programs 'out of the box'.

Mouse--The scroll wheel on my Logitech mouse works in the Windows and Internet Explorer but not in Quicken. I have not yet tried installing the Logitech drivers. In Windows XP itself I never had to do this.

Screen resolution--I would like to adjust the screen resolution in XP mode as Quicken is practically microscopic on my new, hi-res screen. However, when I go to properties to adjust it, I cannot change the value.

When I googled these topics, one suggestion that came up repeatedly was to "disable integration." However, if I disable integration, won't I lose the printer and mouse functionality? On the other hand, these are exactly the features aren't working at the moment anyway.

I would be very happy if someone could offer some guidance.

Thanks,

Trip

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Just ideas.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 7, 2012 3:11 AM PDT

If you disable integration you can re-enable if it doesn't work out. As to the printer, it's far from " all my peripherals were made available to the programs 'out of the box'." as I found myself installing a printer driver.

I don't offer support for XP Mode but will share a very common workaround.

Go get doPDF, CutePDF, PDF995 or your choice of such software then install that in XP. Now you can print to PDFs and print said PDFs in the host OS.
Bob

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Just ideas.
by TripTripTrip / October 8, 2012 10:24 PM PDT
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Bob,

Thanks so much for the pdf idea, which is very practical. But I still have the problem of the screen resolution and mouse... Does anyone have any ideas about changing these in XP mode?

Thanks again,

Trip

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As to the scroll wheel.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 9, 2012 1:50 AM PDT
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I'd install the Logitech mouse software in XP. I can't guess here but it appears you want to know if such works before you try it. Sadly with machines and software all over the map (I'll let you think about that) it is not possible today to give iron clad answers.

That mouse wheel is also dependant on the APPLICATION. I have an old XP machine that I pull out and work on for a specific project and the wheel works in almost all apps except the one I use for the project. Very annoying but it's because that app doesn't use the wheel.
Bob

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by TripTripTrip / October 10, 2012 8:03 PM PDT

Thanks once more for the good advice, Bob.

I actually thought that since XP Mode was not working in three separate but related areas -- printer, mouse and display functions not integrating with Win 7 -- there might be a common denominator that one of the forum members could spot.

I'll dive in to each 'problem' individually when I've got more time this weekend, and will post the results.

Thanks again,

Trip

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