Thanks in advance for any suggestions.
You are using an ancient outdated version of Photoshop in a modern version of Windows via the Windows XP Mode virtualization system. It may just be too much to expect perfect integration.
But one thing you should always check when there are any display issues is whether you're running the latest display driver released by the company that makes your video card. Display driver updates fix many problems.
I am using the latest and greatest video driver from NVIDIA, although this is loaded and updated in the Win 7 section of the computer, not within the virtual XPM window.
I have to laugh at your use of the terms "ancient and outdated" when referring to the software. You are talking to a senior citizen, and if anything is ancient and outdated, it is I. In fact, I purchased Photoshop 7.0 in October 2004. That's eight years ago (in October). It seems like the blink of an eye to me.
What is more, all of us cannot easily scarf up the $200 or so that Adobe wants for an upgrade. If it were around fifty bucks, I wouldn't mind. But $200 is a big piece of change, especially when I had to pay a few hundred more to upgrade Acrobat and Premier Elements and a number of other programs just so they would work with the 64-bit mode of Win 7.
You'll be here too someday.
I'm sorry, I didn't mean to sound critical of your age, and I too feel pretty old sometimes (I'm no spring chicken - hey, I get the senior discount at Einstein Bros Bagels ).
But in computer terms, Photoshop 7.0 is now almost 6 major versions out of date (Photoshop CS6 is 13.0).
If you had even a reasonably recent Macintosh model, we probably wouldn't even be discussing this, because there would be no way for you to run Photoshop 7.0 at all.
By the way, I'm not sure it's strictly necessary to run Photoshop 7.0 using Windows XP Mode. I have Photoshop 6.0 installed right on Windows 7 x64 and it runs okay. Do you have very large hard drives? Why did you choose to install it using Windows XP Mode?
Thanks for your response. I was only joking.
As far as the virtual XP mode goes: I wasted a lot of time with Adobe techies – in India and elsewhere – first, trying to get an unlock code to install the Photoshop 7 on my new hard disk, then when it booted up, the program would not initialize. I just get an error message, saying “Photoshop 7.9 could not initialize because your scratch disks are full.” Then it shuts down. This, after I have a 1.5 TB size new main drive.
Unless you have any ideas on how to get around this bad penny initialization error message, I am stuck. It does work in XPM mode, though. Although I was able to change the screen resolution to remove the mouse pointer in the circle tool, now the tool is the cursor that looks like a small oval over which crosshairs are placed. I can’t seem to get a normal, single circle. Is there a switch that restores cursors to a default?
There's no way I know of except to have free space smaller than 1 TB, I think. That's why I asked if you have a large hard drive.
Try pressing the Caps Lock key to get away from the crosshair cursor.
I'm just guessing that your cursor issue may be a result of Photoshop running in a virtual Windows environment (and you're getting one cursor from the virtual guest machine, and one from the host), but I have no personal experience trying to run Photoshop 7 specifically under Windows XP Mode virtualization.