Solved: Virtual PC installs in Win 7 But no Icon on Start Menu

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Installed Virtual PC and XP Mode in Win 7, but the icon that is suppose to be on the start menu..programs is missing. I have deleted and reinstalled several times.
 
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Hmm, I have virtual installed at home on 7. I don't remember if there is an icon in there as part of the setup or not, I would have guessed that there is. In any case, does the program work correctly after you install it?

If it works as it should after the install, we can just create a shortcut in the start menu > Programs to use.
 

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No it doesn't work because without the link on the start menu programs I don't know how to start it. You are suppose to have a submenu item of the XP Mode which you access to setup the virtual XP.
 
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you are supposed to have an virtual machine folder too. under C:\users\%username%\Virtual Machines\Windows XP Mode.vmcx

did you look there?
 
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Is the XP Mode icon there or is the entire Windows Virtual PC Folder missing from the Start Menu?
What version of Win 7 are you running?
32 or 64 bit?
Does your system support hardware visualization and is it enabled?
If not, did you install the 3rd component so hardware virtualization is not required?
 

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32 bit Professional. System supports visualization. Entire Windows Virtual PC Folder is missing. Not sure visualization is enabled. Will check.
 

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The 3rd component wouldn't install. System indicated it wasn't necessary. So I assume that means the visualization is enabled.
 
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Sounds like it's not needed. You can double check with this tool:
Microsoft® Hardware-Assisted Virtualization Detection Tool

Are you by any chance installing this while logged in with a Standard Account, and providing Admin credentials when prompted? On my system it installed only for the current user (I don't recall if there was an option to install for all users), so it might be on the start menu of the Admin account whose credentials you used, rather than the account you were logged in under.

You can check under the other account:
Code:
C:\Users\[COLOR=DarkRed]<Username>[/COLOR]\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs
Nothing else comes to mind at the moment.
 
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also look in that folder:
C:\Users\Admin\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows Virtual PC\Virtual computers\Windows XP Mode.vmc

If its not there the installation might not have completed succesfully or stopped for some reasons.
 
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