Windows XP Tablet Edition under Windows Virtual PC

Windows XP Tablet Edition under Windows Virtual PC

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Over the weekend I spent some time going through my dusty archives of a virtual machines, bringing them all across to Windows Virtual PC and making sure they were all up to date.  One of the virtual machines that I worked on was a Windows XP Tablet Edition virtual machine (which I blogged about back in 2005).

At first I was disappointed to notice that tablet input seemed to have stopped working.  But a bit of investigation quickly revealed the problem and the solution.  Windows XP Tablet Edition turns off all pen functionality if you connect to it using Remote Desktop – and does the same thing when using Windows Virtual PC with integration features enabled.  Disabling integration components restored pen functionality:

tablet-wvpc1 tablet-wvpc2

(The first picture above shows pen input not working – because integration is enabled, while the second shows it working correctly once integration is disabled).

Now to answer some random questions:

  • Windows XP Tablet Edition is the only Windows OS that lets you use pen input in a virtual machine.  Windows Vista and Windows 7 both check for the presence of a pen input device – which does not exist inside the virtual machine.
  • Yes, the virtual machine I upgraded over the weekend was the same virtual machine that I created for the blog post back in 2005.  Checking the creation date on the virtual machines virtual hard disk file shows that it was created one day before the original blog post.
  • For the record – the oldest virtual machine in my collection is my OS/2 Warp 4.0 virtual machine – with a creation date from mid 2001.  This is closely followed by a NetWare 3.12 virtual machine :-)

Cheers,
Ben

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  • Hi Ben, I want to ask you a Virtual PC answer. How could I contact you? I dont find any contact method in this blog

    Thanks

    Tommy

  • Have you had success moving over a Windows 98SE machine?  I always run into an issue where it hangs at shut down.  Thanks, and great blog!

  • Well then here's hoping that Windows 8 will allow using it again or maybe the next WVPC will emulate a virtual pen input device or make available the physically connected one inside the VM.

  • Ben,

    Is it possible to connect as "Local Console" with the terminal services when integration features are enabled? (Just like when you use Remote Desktops MMC in Windows Server)

    That would restore pen functionality and integration would be enabled at the same time.

    Have in mind, the same problem exists with debuggers in Windows Virtual PC 7 - they only run in local console.

    George J.

  • Hi Ben,

    I am using a tablet PC currently with Windows 7. I am wondering how i could download XP tablet edition to work on my virtual PC. Is that possible? I want to take advantage of it with older applications that worked better for me on XP. Could you help? Thanks in advance

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