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  1. Kari's Avatar
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       #390

    The VM must be running, of course. When running, its folder structure is exactly the same as on any physical computer.
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  2. lx07's Avatar
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    reddwarf4ever said:
    Sorry trying to grasp the concept, although it’s virtual, does it have a physical folder, such as a conventional windows install ? I.e. A ‘C’ folder with subfolders program files etc ? Which is visible when HV is not running ? Or only when HV IS running
    Kari is right of course - C is only visible when the machine is running.

    At the risk of adding confusion there is another way to look at the contents of the virtual machine. If it isn't running you can double click (or right click) on the on the Virtual Hard Disk (.vhdx file) to mount it:

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    Then you can see the "Program Files" directory. This is my Windows XP Hyper-V virtual disk mounted on host drive E. The structure (seen externally here under E) is the same as it would be (seen internally under C) when it was running.

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    You can't run programs but it is useful for copying data sometimes.
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  3. reddwarf4ever's Avatar
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       #392

    Hi
    thanks that explains it perfectly....so as I am setting this up to run GSP money matters, ( which does not require installation ) do I simply add the folder to XP Program files while HV is running ?if so, will it be there once the PC is restarted,? Does the same go for any installed programs in XP ?
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  4. lx07's Avatar
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    reddwarf4ever said:
    do I simply add the folder to XP Program files while HV is running ?
    No. You can't mount a virtual drive when VM is running.

    Better to install XP on your VM, sign onto it and then treat it as if it was a real separate PC so install things as you normally did in XP. You can copy data to the disk when it is turned off but not on the whole programs - you'll end up with missing bits and getting authority problems.
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  5. johngalt's Avatar
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       #394

    lx07 is assuming you mean to do it the way he mentioned.

    I'm assuming you mean to add the folder inside the virtual Machine, aka VM, while it is running.

    Yes. The Virtual Machine is exactly what its name implies - a virtualized version of a standard machine aka PC.

    As long as you remember to power it off cleanly like a normal PC, you should not encounter any idiosyncrasies like missing files / programs, etc. And Hyper-V in Windows 10 includes the checkpoint feature, which is a 'snapshot' of your Virtual Machine, similar to how a backup program backs up your real PC.
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  6. reddwarf4ever's Avatar
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       #395

    Thanks, that helps a lot
    will have a play, money matters is a stand-alone ( mobile app ) doesn’t require installation, so will copy it to the pc folder while HV running and it should remain there next time I use the pc....perfect
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       #396

    can my windows 10 vm be activated through my existing windows 10 license?
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  8. cereberus's Avatar
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       #397

    n00bhere said:
    can my windows 10 vm be activated through my existing windows 10 license?
    No - a vm counts as a separate device and needs a separate licence.
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  9. Kari's Avatar
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       #398

    Something about deciding the amount of virtual RAM and virtual CPUs when creating a VM:

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  10. Cliff S's Avatar
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       #399

    Kari said:
    Something about deciding the amount of virtual RAM and virtual CPUs when creating a VM:

    One host CPU core can support 8 virtual CPUs.
    Really? And I always thought one host thread=one VM core
    And only gave my VMs 8 vCPU cores, and you know how fast my VMs are
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