Why am I having so much trouble wrangling my virtual pc? I am NOT using XP Mode.
I have sporadic yet chronic trouble shutting it down.
I use my VPC almost every day -- sometimes it shuts down properly without a whimper, and the next time it just hangs with the "Shutting down the virtual machine" dialog. If I leave it, it simply sits there. I turn off my PC at night, so I need to close the VPC, too.
I'm willing to find out I'm doing something wrong. I've already determined that I should use Ctrl+Alt+Del to properly initiate the shutdown process (I was previously using "Close" -- also set to shutdown in the settings for this VPC). However, when I started doing that I immediately started getting messages that the local profile was unstart-able because another process had it in use, it's now locked, we're using a temp profile... So, in case my user hive was whacked, I restored from an earlier system save and started logging off first, to save my profile. But when logged off, I can't use Ctrl+Alt+Del, so I use Close after all.
I HATE VPC on Win 7 with hardware virtualization. I have a laptop that doesn't have hardware virt and so I'm able to install VPC 2007. It works flawlessly! Never an issue.
I've looked for instructions on how to deal with this but have come up short. I found a lot about how to set it up, but not a lot on how to use/maintain. Again, I am not using XP Mode. But I think I've learned that XP Mode requires a program on my guest O/S. Should I have this installed even if I'm just using Virtual PC?
How can get this under control? I can't afford to lose the data and programs I have on my VPC. I can't stop using the VPC. Can anyone help me get VPC to work? Are there any useful links out there?