New computers – Windows 7 – XP Mode fixes
I think I may finally be getting the hang of this XP Mode thing. (I may also be fooling myself …)
As previously noted, XP Mode doesn’t access the “real” drive, but a virtual drive which is contained in one large file. (Actually, seemingly a minimum of three, but only one appears to contain the drive “contents.”) XP Mode does provide you with links to the real drives on the computer, but, while accessible from most Windows programs, since they are not mapped to drive letters, you cannot do anything with DOS programs, even though such programs run under XP Mode.
I figured I would have to create the directories, with files I wanted to work on, within the “virtual” drive, and, each time I made any modifications, remember to copy the new versions back to the “real” disk so they could be used under Win7. Not only is this a nuisance, but it wastes disk space. XP Mode takes up enough space as it is: starting at about 1.5 gig, by the time you get it up to speed with Windows updates, it has ballooned to 6 or 7 gig. Any programs or file space you want come on top of that. (And, since I no longer trust XP Mode to stay stable, I have been making backup copies as I have been doing the updating and adjusting of the virtual machine, wasting even more disk space.) An annoyance, to say the least.
I can’t remember where I found it, but somehow I noted a reference to the actual description, within XP Mode, of the links to the real drives. It looks just like a network reference to a shared resource. So I tried mapping that format and creating a DOS “lettered” drive mapping (from within XP Mode). So far it seems to work fine.
For those who’d like to try, the “network” name of the real computer seems to be TSCLIENT. So, in order to create a link to the C: drive on the real computer, map to \\TSCLIENT\C . (It does not seem to matter what your real machine’s name is, that name does not seem to be used in the reference.)