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Enabling Integration Features for IE Application Compatibility VPC Images on Windows 7

February 17th, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

We use Microsoft Internet Explorer Application Compatibility VPC Image to test compatibility with IE6, IE7 and IE8. Recently we have moved to Windows 7 and the last update of perpetually expiring images (created last time on January 18, 2011) raised some issues which made enabling of Integration Features quite difficult (BTW, the images have changed filenames, IE User does not have password stated in the IE_VPC_ReadMe.txt).

Missing drivers

When enabling the features, the installation requested usbhub.sys and usbd.sys. The first file was recommended by MS to be taken from the Windows XP SP3. I have downloaded the SP3 and extracted the file using 7zip:

7za x WindowsXP-KB936929-SP3-x86-ENU.exe i386\usb*.*

But the installation requested another file – usbd.sys, which is not part of the XP SP3 – so I have copied the file from my Windows 7 (C:\Windows\System32\drivers\usbd.sys).

Password prompt

With enabled integration features the VPC asks for password. As it turned out, it tries to do remote desktop connection to itself. It suggests Admin user but Password1 does not work – apparently the Admin account is missing completely. IE User does not work either, because this user does not have password and cannot make remote desktop connection to this PC. So the solution is to give IE User a password and to save the credentials during start up (you may need to delete credentials of the Admin user before using properties on the .VMC files.

This way I have solved all the problems I did not have when running the Compatibility images on Windows Vista with earlier images.

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