With the loss of my XP box I decided it was time to try out Windows Virtual PC and the XP Mode included in Win 7 Pro. It worked great so now I won’t need to resort to using my very old Win2K box to run a couple old CAD applications that won’t install in Win7.
After playing around with XP Mode a bit I decided to get adventurous and play around with getting other OSs running in Virtual PC. I have no idea how it happened but suddenly the Virtual Machines folder lost all the special buttons. Losing the Settings button was no big deal since I could simply left click and choose settings. However I couldn’t see a workaround for the loss of the Create virtual machine button. Fortunately Ben Armstrong had posted three solutions for the problem back in 2009.