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 Help Needed for 95-Year-Old User 
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Ladies and Gentlemen:

I am an old geezer trying to set up a Win 7 PC for use by my 95-year-old mom. Her ancient Win XP PC is disintegrating. She is very attached to her computer. However, not only does she have macular degeneration (she must use ZoomText to see her PC), she also simply cannot learn anything new about computers. She only uses Outlook Express, Word 2000 and surfs the internet (she could barely adapt to the changes in all of the new browser versions).

I have installed a VM Ware Player and Win XP and her familiar programs. What I very much need to accomplish is setting up the new PC to boot directly into the virtual machine and the copy of XP, just as if mom were using her old PC.

My computer skills only go so far; and not far enough. I have searched for hours and only found the following concerning automatically booting into the guest operating system:

Install VM Server and make the adjustments in it. I do not wish to do this. I have struggled for weeks setting up what I have already.

I found this at
“Did you ever tried to automate the process of having a script or shortcut to automatically start a virtual guest with VMWare Player? After you login you can start VMWare Player and locate the virtual machine or click the recent one but still you need to control this process. Maybe you want to start the virtual machine at system startup with Scheduled Tasks or instruct a user to click on a specific shortcut for a pre-created virtual machine he needs to test.
I created a small script which can used for this process. Create new file in notepad and paste the commands below. Make sure the VMWare Player installation path is correct and the location of your VMWare guest.
@Echo off
REM VMWare Player cmd script for virtual guest startup
REM Ivan Versluis @
REM Email:
REM Date: 29/01/2008
"C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware Player\vmplayer.exe" "C:\VMWareGuests\Server\Windows Server 2003 Standard Edition.vmx" “

Sadly, although I know what scripts are and have downloaded and used a few, I cannot write them nor do I fully understand them. In the case of the one above (which seems to be what I need), I do not know where the “script” begins or ends or exactly what to do with the information in the article.

I would appreciate it very much if someone could help me with the information above, or even better for me, write a script that I could download or copy and use.

Thank you for your assistance in advance. JFW

Sun Jul 10, 2011 9:27 am
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Sorry for the late reply (I'm just getting back from vacation).

How have you made out with this?

Dave Mishchenko
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Mon Jul 25, 2011 6:50 pm
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