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I have installed an application which is not compatible with Windows 7 within Windows XP Mode and it works well.

How do I get this application into the Windows 7 start menu, so I don't have to load up the Windows XP Mode each time, select Windows XP's start menu, and start the XP application. From videos I've seen, I should be able to add the application to the Windows 7 start menu and load it straight from there.

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This typically occurs automatically when you run an installer in the Windows XP Mode VM. Did this application not have an installer (e.g. just a copy)? – Matthew Reid May 18 '12 at 12:01
The application does have an installer. I even selected the Install for all users when I started the installer instead of Install just for me. – oshirowanen May 18 '12 at 12:03
Can you confirm it didn't get put into KEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Virtual Machine\VPCVAppExcludeList in the XP VM? Otherwise, there is a SU possible duplicate question here… – Matthew Reid May 18 '12 at 12:09
I'll check the registry key ASAP! I will hopefully get back to you before the end of the day. The computer on which this is being done, I switched off, and it applying 122 updates... So it's going to take some time before I can check the regkey. – oshirowanen May 18 '12 at 12:21
That was it. Thanks. – oshirowanen May 18 '12 at 13:00
up vote 2 down vote accepted

Windows XP Mode under Windows 7 should create application automatically during installation save some restriction applications which can be modified in a registry list as described below.

There are two registry keys for the application control:


KEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Virtual Machine\VPCVAppExcludeList and


HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Virtual Machine\VPCVAppIncludeList

However, if it's simple something that needs to be manually created that answer is available at [SO Manual Shortcut for XP Mode Application](If the Creating an app shortcut in Windows 7 XP Mode) which describes a manual method for creating shortcuts to launch applications in XP Mode on Windows 7.

Additional Information

The Windows XP Mode locations and installation/usage instructions can be found at Install and use Windows XP Mode.

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