Recently I needed to add applications in Windows 7 which are only compatible with Windows XP. I discovered the Virtual PC in Windows 7 and the Windows XP Mode. It is great concept and it works quite nice because you don’t notice any difference to the applications (except some RAM usage), but there is a little problem for non-installable applications. They do not show in the Windows XP Mode menu automatically.

I noticed that only some applications are listed in the Windows XP Mode list and the one that I needed was not available there. You are able to add any application in that list by performing the following:

  1. Start Windows XP Mode in Desktop mode
  2. Create a shortcut of your application’s main executable file (.exe)
  3. Move the shortcut file (.lnk) in the following path: C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs folder

The application should be now available in the Start Menu under Windows XP Mode.