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Missing “Create Virtual Machine” in the “%username%\virtual machines” folder

Posted by essjae on December 29, 2009

Below is the fix for the virtual machines folder for WinVPC when the folder here “%username%virtual machines” is missing the “Create Virtual Machine” option.

 This has bitten me twice now.  Once on my desktop after a fresh install of WinVPC and just now on my notebook.

The fix is pretty simple (thanks to Vinod Atal from MSFT when I first hit the problem back in May), copy and paste the following lines into notepad and save to a *.reg file, then double-click to run it (you shouldn’t need to reboot for the fix to take effect, close and re-open the window:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
[-HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\BagMRU]
[-HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\Bags]

3 Responses to “Missing “Create Virtual Machine” in the “%username%\virtual machines” folder”

  1. Tom said

    I recently installed XP Mode using Microsoft’s instructions (install XP Mode first, install Virtual PC second, install VPC update third). I didn’t see where I could install another virtual PC, so I tried your fix. It didn’t solve my problem. Any ideas?

    There is no virtual PC management console program, just the XP Mode vm.

  2. nrr said

    Thanks your .reg fixed my problem, with Win 7 Home Premium.


  3. Daved said

    Cheers. Worked fine on win 7 home prem

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