Windows – Virtual PC ESC and TAB no longer working

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I'm running WinXP in VirtualPC on Windows 7 and the ESC and TAB buttons are no longer working. Has anyone had this problem before?

Best Answer

Had this same problem. I could not get the above to work, however, I did find a solution.

  1. Shut down Virtual PC after shutting down any running virtual machines.

  2. Open Windows Explorer.

  3. Type %AppData% in the address bar and press Enter.

  4. Navigate to the path Roaming\Microsoft\Virtual PC under the %AppData% folder.

  5. Locate the file Options.xml in the above folder and delete it.

  6. Restart Virtual PC and the misbehaving virtual machine and note that the Escape, Tab and other keys are now working.

NB: The issue will occasionally reappear requiring the above process to be repeated. Needless to say, that is irritating.

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