Problems with Virtual PC 2004 Virtual Machine Additions

Discussion in 'Virtual PC' started by Michael Faklis, Jan 19, 2004.

  1. I received my retail upgrade (not beta) of Microsoft Virtual PC 2004. I'm
    upgrading from Connectix Virtual PC v5.2. Following the directions in the
    readme.htm file, I first used Connectix Virtual PC v5.2 to remove the
    Virtual Machine Additions from each of my virtual machines. When I
    installed the new Virtual Machine Additions, it hosed up my Win95, Win98,
    and WinME virtual images.

    Win95:

    Upon rebooting, before the GUI starts, I get a message complaining "Error
    loading hostmaus.drv. You must reinstall Windows". The file was in the
    \Windows\System folder, so what's the problem? I rebooted in Safe Mode and
    removed the new Virtual Machine Additions, but Win95 will not boot and tells
    me I must reinstall Windows. It boots in Safe Mode, but not Normal Mode.

    Win98:

    Upon rebooting, before the GUI starts, I get a message complaining "Error
    loading hostmaus.drv. You must reinstall Windows". The file was in the
    \Windows\System folder, so what's the problem? I rebooted in Safe Mode and
    removed the new Virtual Machine Additions. I am not able to boot in Normal
    mode, but without the additions, however my network connection does not
    work.

    WinME:

    Upon rebooting, the GUI starts, however the screen is stuck on 640x480x16.
    I booted into Safe Mode and removed the video adapter and monitor and then
    rebooted. The monitor now works properly and I can adjust the resolution.
    The network connection does not work.

    I've spent all day attempting to recover these three virtual machines. My
    other virtual machines, MD-DOS 6.22, WFW 3.11, NT 3.51, NT 4.0, Win2K, and
    WinXP appear OK on face value, but I haven't had an opportunity to test
    them. I used the DOS Virtual Machine Additions for MS-DOS 6.22, and WFW
    3.11. There is not network driver for WFW v3.11. The Virtual Machines
    Additions no longer supports NT 3.51.

    At this point I feel rather abused by Microsoft, feeling they sent me a "not
    ready for prime time beta" packaged as the retail upgrade. I need a working
    Virtual Machine Additions, advise on how to recover my Win95 image, and how
    to reestablish the networking. All of which was working with previous
    versions from Connectix.
     
    Michael Faklis, Jan 19, 2004
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  2. In follow-up to this ongoing problem:

    Prior to upgrading Connectix Virtual PC v5.2 to Microsoft Virtual PC, I had
    virtual machines for MS-DOS 6.22, WFW 3.11, NT 3.51, Win 95, Win 98, Win ME,
    NT 4.0, Win 2K, Win XP. Each of these Virtual machines were clients to my
    (NT 4.0 based) Small Business Server 4.5. They had network access to my LAN
    and to the Internet (as SBS clients).

    Following the Readme instructions with the upgrade, I first removed the
    existing Virtual Machine Additions from all machines, and applied the new
    Virtual Machine Additions. The Readme indicates by omission that WFW 3.11
    and NT 3.51 are not supported with Virtual Machine Additions. By repeated
    trial and error, I find that Win 95, Win 98, and Win ME are not usable (or
    recoverable) once Virtual Machine Additions are installed. For those
    virtual machines, I had to go back to my backups (from before the upgrade),
    and remove the old Virtual Machine Additions while booting in Safe Mode.
    For MS DOS 6.22, NT 4.0, Win 2K, and Win XP, the new Virtual Machine
    Additions did install. However, ...

    My virtual machines can see my network-based HP G95 printer, but none of
    them can see my SBS server. They cannot see the domain controller during
    logon, and they cannot connect to any of the network shares. On the Win 95,
    Win 98, and Win ME virtual machines, the logon do longer even attempts to
    log into the domain server and the My Network desktop icon no longer exists.
    On the NT 4.0, Win 2K, and Win XP virtual machines, the login shows the
    domain-based login and the My Network desktop icon exists, but I cannot
    communicate with the domain.

    These are serious problems, which I don't believe I should need to
    experience with a retail product. Please advise on how to recover from
    this.

    -Michael Faklis
     
    Michael Faklis, Jan 21, 2004
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