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    Virtual PC - XP Login

    I've installed Virtual PC on a machine with XP Pro on it, and then installed XP Pro within Virtual PC (I need to run two programs that use different versions of Pervasive and they won't play nice together).

    The virtual installation seemed to be up and running OK, but then I decided to join it to our domain. As soon as it starts up, it expects me to press Ctrl-Alt-Del to log in, but this simply invokes TaskManager in the host installation. How do I log in?

    Am I missing something obvious? Joining the domain is not essential, but I do want to be able to easily make available files created running the virtual OS.

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    Re: Virtual PC - XP Login

    The whole point of Control-Alt-Del is that it will be delivered to the underlying OS and cannot be intercepted.

    Try pressing the righ Alt key (marked Alt Gr) and the Del key at the same time.

    StuartR

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    Re: Virtual PC - XP Login

    Thanks, but Nope, still brings up TM.

    It's not worth digging too deep for a solution at the moment - I'm reinstalling and will make do with a local shared folder.

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    Re: Virtual PC - XP Login

    If it still brings up the Task Manager then you must be holding the Control key at the same time! Try JUST Alt Gr-Del without the Control.

    StuartR

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    Re: Virtual PC - XP Login

    Aaargh - too late!

    I thought I'd tried that, but it is Monday morning! Once I'm up and running, I'll run another virtual installation and let you know....

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    Re: Virtual PC - XP Login

    I don't know about Virtual PC, but other Virtual / Remote Control software I've used setup CTRL-ALT-INSERT or CTRL-ALT-HOME as replacements for CTRL-ALT-DELETE. I've even seen a menu option accessible via ALT-SPACE.

    Perhaps one of those will work for you.
    Christopher Baldrey

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    Re: Virtual PC - XP Login

    Thanks Chris, I'll give them a try.

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    Re: Virtual PC - XP Login

    I only still have Win98 and Win2K setup, but this is what I see in the "Action" menu item. Might it be what you need or is it not accessible from the logon screen as you need?
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    Re: Virtual PC - XP Login

    <P ID="edit" class=small>(Edited by Argus on 26-Jan-09 22:20. Added minor correction.)</P>Leif,
    As Stuart mentioned an Al showed; at default the so called "Host key" (used at some different places; moving cursor out off Guest OS screen for instance, if not using VM Additions) is the right Alt key. It's mentioned there, several times in combinations, on the Action menu, but Ctrl+Alt+Del can of course be extra tricky, and even more so if in full screen mode on the Guest OS. Then one has to use the shortcut mentioned Right Alt+Del.

    It is possible to change the "Host key", the activation key for all those action combinations, at the Virtual PC Console, under File | Options | Keyboard, i.e. the options for all VMs.

    I had some problems since on a Swedish keyboard the (backslash) is invoked by Right Alt (Alt Gr) and the key to the right of 0 (on UK/US -_), and as we know a backslash can be useful when at a OS prompt... with Right Alt as Host key nothing happened; changed the Host key to Right Ctrl, only to notice I had predilection for zooming with Ctrl+ and Ctrl- <img src=/S/laugh.gif border=0 alt=laugh width=15 height=15> had to change once more and settled for Right Shift.

    The Host key can be useful for some when changing to and from full screen. Many perhaps do remember the Right Alt+Enter combo at DOS, and still, the command prompt. Same here. So, for me, Ctrl+Alt+Del is simply Shift+Del, full screen Shift+Enter, paus OS Shift+P etc.
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    Argh; In the "history part" It should of course be: Many perhaps do remember the Alt+Enter combo at DOS, and still, the command prompt. Mixed it with Right Alt just because Virtual PC use Right Alt+Enter at default.

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    Re: Virtual PC - XP Login

    Thanks Al and Argus - I soon discovered the right combination after Stuart's post. It's all academic now as I reinstalled and am not going to bother with the network/domain log-in as a shared folder will do just as well.

    I managed to get a USB modem working though which amazed me - but just as well as that was a priority for my needs! It's doing just what I need now, so I'm happy! <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

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