"One of parent hard disks of Windows XP Mode is missing"

Discussion in 'Windows 7 Software' started by charilyn, Sep 20, 2010.

  1. charilyn

    charilyn New Member

    Sep 20, 2010
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    I've used this site for good advice, esp by Kari to whom I send hopes for speedy recovery.

    I'm trying to enable multiple users to access programs via XP mode, through Win7 64-bit computer (Win7 Professional).

    Using Admin Profile, when trying to open Win XP mode within All Programs from Start Menu, I get this boxed message:
    Win XP Mode - Windows Virtual PC
    "One of the parent hard disks of 'Windows XP Mode' is missing."

    I followed online help to again download XP Mode plus from MS website. Same error message.

    Please read farther, if it would help to know what I've done.
    Background: New Dell PC came with Win7 Home Premium. (detailed specs, if needed, are on my profile).
    Used Admin profile to upgrade to Win7Prof, to use a large supply of business-related programs I used in XP.
    Admin profile, used MS website to load and install Win XP mode, virtual PC, then update win XP mode (as instructed).
    [Note: Now I think maybe I installed incorrectly, because I find Win Virtual PC under folder "Programs (x86)". But cannot find way to uninstall thru add/remove in Control Panel because XP Mode and Virtual PC don't show up as installed.]

    Then I enabled a couple user profiles to access winXP mode via adding standard users as mbrs of Remote Desktop Users (under manage My Computer) - using guidance found on forum posts.
    Sorry for being so lengthy compared with other posts. I just need to know how to start over, if that's what I must do. I did uninstall most programs I'd added after installing XP mode.

    Thanks for any help you can give - I'm desperate, as solo business woman, to get PC working.
    - Charilyn

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