Windows 10: Hyper-V virtualization - Setup and Use in Windows 10  

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       10 Mar 2018 #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.    10 Mar 2018 #391

    reddwarf4ever said: View Post
    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.    10 Mar 2018 #392

    thanks that explains it 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.    10 Mar 2018 #393

    reddwarf4ever said: View Post
    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. Posts : 1,534
    WinX Pro x64 IP current
       10 Mar 2018 #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.    11 Mar 2018 #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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  7. Posts : 19
    windows 10 pro 64
       4 Weeks Ago #396

    can my windows 10 vm be activated through my existing windows 10 license?
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  8.    4 Weeks Ago #397

    n00bhere said: View Post
    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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