Missing Virtual PC Console


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I’ve been doing a bit of work recently on a virtual PC and found that my console had gone missing. Even though it was visible in the start menu I could not actually see the window after a bit of searching I found this post by Sylvain Lafontaine on how to get it back.

Basically virtual PC stores an XML file that keeps track of all the application settings including the size and location of the Virtual PC Console.

The Options.XML file is located under

C:\Documents and Settings\__Name_Of_Your_Windows_Account__\Application
Data\Microsoft\Virtual PC\Options.xml

In Windows XP or

c:\Users\__Name_Of_Your_Windows_Account__\AppData\Microsoft\Virtual PC\Options.xml

if your running Vista.

Once you have the xml open you want to find the “Console Node” and make sure it looks a little something like the following

<height type=”integer”>575</height>
<left_position type=”integer”>0</left_position>
<top_position type=”integer”>0</top_position>
<visible type=”boolean”>true</visible>
<width type=”integer”>359</width>

just make sure you back up the file before you make any changes incase something goes wrong.

Thanks Sylvain this was a great help!

6 thoughts on “Missing Virtual PC Console

  1. Excellent post. Thanks. Strangely top and left values in my options.xml file were set to 4294935296. I changed those to 0 and get my console visible 🙂

  2. For my location in Vista, it was actually “c:\users\\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Virtual PC”. And sure enough, my values for left and top positions were also 4294935296. This had been bothering me for some time. Nice post!

  3. As Mike said, my x64 Vista had them located at “c:\users\\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Virtual PC”. This had been plaguing me for some time and this fixed it in 2 minutes. Wished I would have looked for a solution earlier.

  4. Same location on my system c:\users\\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Virtual PC
    which is a 32bit Business.
    Solution worked fine though, thanks!

  5. Thanks for the post, very handy and did the job. Much easier than a previous solution I found that involved palm mashing the keyboard while patting your head and rubbing your tummy to reset the window position.


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