Can Virtual PC be configured to run as a service to run a Dos App

Discussion in 'Virtual PC' started by bjdobs, Nov 1, 2004.

  1. bjdobs

    bjdobs Guest

    I have a Crosstalk Mark 2 application I wrote for home automation several
    years ago (CrossTalk Mk4 has a well rounded scripting language that can
    simulate multitasking in Dos and has extensive serial Port handling which
    makes it very easy to use for simple through to medium scale control apps)
    .... it had been running on a 386 until it died recently ... I then moved it
    to a 486 but this machine is proving to be too unstable ... I now have it
    running in a dos shell on a 24/7 P4 XP pro machine. The issue with this is
    even though this machine is on a UPS, if the power fails long enough, XP Pro
    won't restart this process properly ... I was thinking of purchasing this VPC
    product but it is no good to me unless it is able to run as a service at
    start up (as if it was a stand alone dos machine booting) . There are two
    issues with XP and crosstalk in a dos shell; one is that the machine has to
    boot past all security because the program is loaded in a users startup
    folder (Not something I want on a 24/7 machine exposed to the internet) and;
    two the Comports don't appear to be initiating cosistantly (I think there may
    be a timing issue on who XP gives control to the comports???) ... I usually
    have to cancel and start the program a number of times before XP reliquishes
    control over the hardware.
    bjdobs, Nov 1, 2004
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  2. VPC does not run as a service. For that you need Virtual Server.
    Colin Barnhorst, Nov 1, 2004
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    Alan MC Guest


    You could create a virtual dos platform. then you could configure it to run
    once windows starts by using startup group. Also virtual pc can be used to
    automatically open a virtual platform once it is loaded.

    Basically you host computer would start, then virtual pc and finally virtual
    pc (dos platform) would start up automatically. running you program. this
    is only limited to wot your system supports. you must remember that virtual
    pc runs totally isolated from the host operating system therefore you script
    would not work for the host operating system. only on virtual dos.

    Regards AC / PC Admin
    Alan MC, Nov 2, 2004
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