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Directory Paths And File Access In Xp Mode


Hi all, i recently became a windows 7 user when i bought a new laptop. For many years i've been using an old 16-bit program (foxpro for windows 2. 6) under various versions of windows, up through and including xp3. It didn't work under win 7, so i purchased the online upgrade from home premium to professional so that i could download windows xp mode. This all worked well, and i'm able to use the old foxpro when running a virtual session of xp in a window. The only issue i'm having now is that i'd like to create an icon for the program on my windows 7 desktop so that i can run the program without the intermediary step of starting an xp mode virtual session. It appears from the documentation that this should be possible. But i'm having trouble with the directory paths under xp vs. Win 7. In windows xp, i store foxpro's program files in c:program filesfpw26, and i store my scripts and data files in c:documents and applications[me]my documents xyz. In xp, i created a shortcut to the executable, and under properties created a "start in:" path with the path above to the script and data files. I copied the shortcut icon over to the windows 7 desktop, but the "start in:" reference did not make it across.

So i entered this pathname again in properties for the shortcut on the windows 7 desktop. Unfortunately it isn't recognizing this; i can start foxpro from the windows 7 desktop, but it acts as if it's in the directory of its executable files under c:program files. I wondered if there was a way to describe a windows 7 version of the pathname for the script/data file directory, but i couldn't figure out how to do this. So i have three questions:1) how can i pass a pathname in the "start in:" field under properties for the foxpro shortcut icon on the windows 7 desktop to make it recognize my directory of scripts/data files that exists under my documents in the virtual version of xp?2) if i can succeed with this, is there a way to access the directory of scripts/data files from windows 7 (for example, to edit them with a text editor) without needing to start an xp virtual session? In other words, are the xp directories visible from win 7?3) alternatively, would it be feasible for me to put my directory of scripts/data files under my documents in the windows 7 directory tree, and is it possible to pass foxpro a parameter to tell it to "start in" (and act on) that directory?


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