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Address to XP Mode > Virtual PC

by pjdc3 / November 13, 2010 8:35 PM PST

Does someone know how, or is there even a way... of "addressing" a program installed in Virt PC from within Win7? What I would like to do is Dbl-Click a file in Win7, & have a program that is installed in XP Mode > Virtual PC open that file. If I had the "address", I'd be able to form the association.

Just knowing how to "bridge" between the two would be useful for other applications as well.

My internet search has proved futile, I really don't know what search terms to use to get the desired results.
TIA for any help, or ideas, anyone can offer

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Have you looked here
by lacsr / November 13, 2010 9:29 PM PST
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Win7 Videos
by pjdc3 / November 14, 2010 1:24 AM PST
In reply to: Have you looked here

Thanks for the reply... Since I'm new to Win7 I do a lot of reading about it; and yes, I did come across this page, but it didn't help me with what I was trying to do. Now I'll start looking for a work around, and the video you pointed out, may help me with that.
Thanks again... pjdc3

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You asked this before
by Jimmy Greystone / November 13, 2010 10:31 PM PST

You asked this before, and were told it's unlikely to be possible, and that's because you're running an OS inside a virtual machine. It kind of defeats the purpose if you can have direct communication between the two like that.

Have you tried just looking for an updated version of the program you're using, or even tried seeing if it will work without the aid of XP Mode?

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It was a 2nd Question
by pjdc3 / November 14, 2010 1:25 AM PST
In reply to: You asked this before

Yes, I did ask this before. It was the second question of an earlier post, but it got buried in the exchange about Directories, so I thought it best to give it it's own thread.

There is no update for "Cetus"... support for it was dropped before XP came out.

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This is worth of its own discussion.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 14, 2010 12:07 AM PST

Let me start by both of us reading:

That's ONE HALF the solution. Here's the other half of the problem and why I didn't write it was likely. It's not impossible but the setup and having to deal with configuring the virtual xp to access the host's file system creates what looks to be harder than a FIVE DAY MARATHON. Let's look at a few hurdles.

1. The file is not in the XP MODE VM's file system. I think this one is covered but it would be interesting to see how file, save as works. Your XP MODE's local drive is C:, the host OS (7) would be C: and I can see that while drive D: in the XP MODE might be the C: drive on 7, all this means is average Joe is in deep waters.

2. Reading above you discover that the environment variables and more may need work.

I'm not say this is impossible, just that it is a moon shot for everyday Joes.

--> I'd look to run the app in 7.

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Look for a Work around
by pjdc3 / November 14, 2010 1:25 AM PST

You're right, it may not be impossible, but it's sure nudging up against it.:-( I studied a little BASIC 6.0 a number of years ago, but it was only to gain a better understanding of how applications, etc. work, not to do any serious coding... I have a tuff time writing a batch file now.

Now that I know what I wanted to do doesn't have a (simple) answer, I'll look into some sort of a work around... probably just treat it like physical separated machines... use USB drive to transfer each document, etc. The problem with that is I have a couple thousand documents wrote with Cetus.

All this trouble because I don't know how to spell Confused
Thanks for all your help... pjdc3

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by sk528 / November 14, 2010 3:39 PM PST

I am not much in MS XP-Mode but recall to have seen an XP-Mode folder (host) under Start/Programs where installed applications are listed under XP - double click on it and XP-starts up and runs the software.

However, I dropped using it very soon due to many compatibility issues with my older software and mouse.

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Apps installed in XP
by pjdc3 / November 14, 2010 11:11 PM PST
In reply to: Bridge?

Yes, you're correct, under "All Programs" is a link to bring up an application installed in XP, but that still will not OPEN a file stored on Win7, even though it was made by the same app.
Good of you to point it out, it just might of...
Thanks... pjdc3

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Easy Job
by sk528 / November 15, 2010 4:25 AM PST
In reply to: Apps installed in XP

you need to network-share the 7-folder(s) you want to use in XP - then it will be accessible in 7. Make sure those 7-folder you need are set to share with *Everyone*.

After that browse the network from within XP and these folders will show up in XP ready for use. Just keep in mind these folders must not reside under your user/name tree coz you cant share with *Everyone* inside User tree. If needed in XP move those 7-folders out of the user area, rename the folder and share set to Everyone.

hope that helps

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