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 PostPost subject: [TUT] Changing the BIOS date in Virtual PC and VMWare        Posted: Sun Jul 15, 2007 3:56 am 
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In Virtual PC:
Changing the BIOS date in virtual PC can be done very easily by entering the emulated BIOS. However, to make it keep that date after a reboot, you need to edit your vmc file.

1. Locate your .vmc file, and open it in notepad. Make sure Virtual PC is closed so you can save your edited file.

2. As you can see, its a standard XML file. All you need to do is insert
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<components>
   <host_time_sync>
      <enabled>false</enabled>
   </host_time_sync>
</components>


Inside the <integration> and <microsoft> tags, like shown below:
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3. You can now change your time and date in the emulated bios, and now the clock should not revert to the host time after a reboot.

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Open your .vmx configuration file. All you need to do is place the following lines of code anywhere in this text file.

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tools.syncTime = "FALSE"
time.synchronize.continue = "FALSE"
time.synchronize.restore = "FALSE"
time.synchronize.resume.disk = "FALSE"
time.synchronize.shrink = "FALSE"


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Thx man, that's very useful, I will give a try later :]

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I have tested it and it works on my end.
You only need this code:

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<components>

<host_time_sync>

<enabled>false</enabled>

</host_time_sync>

</components>


And dont need the:
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Type ="boolean"

otherwise my virtual pc doesnt boot any more.

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DjRob wrote:
I have tested it and it works on my end.
You only need this code:

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<components>

<host_time_sync>

<enabled>false</enabled>

</host_time_sync>

</components>


And dont need the:
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Type ="boolean"

otherwise my virtual pc doesnt boot any more.

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This depends on the version of Virtual PC that you're using...

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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Sun Jul 15, 2007 10:37 pm 
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how do to that in vmware?


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how do to that in vmware?

It should be enough to change the date in the VM's BIOS (you know how to enter that, do you?) and to disable the time sync feature in VMware's preferences.


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I had to edit the configuration (.vmx) file and place the following at the bottom:
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tools.syncTime = "FALSE"
time.synchronize.continue = "FALSE"
time.synchronize.restore = "FALSE"
time.synchronize.resume.disk = "FALSE"
time.synchronize.shrink = "FALSE"


Adding this to the first post

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sorry for bumping the thread.

But the trick doesn't work for Virtual PC 2007. I've insert the entry with and without type="boolean", but the Date is always set to the current date :(

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Then your VPC 2007 is not good.
Its works.
With the boolean insert.

But have insert it in the right place?

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For me, with the type="boolean" works in Virtual PC 2007.

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I forgot to close the <components> tag :oops:

now it seems to work.

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Cheers for this. Having to snapshot/restore was getting rather annoying.


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 PostPost subject: Re: [TUT] Changing the BIOS date in Virtual PC and VMWare        Posted: Wed Apr 06, 2011 3:13 pm 
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Hi,

Just joined here. I have Virtual PC 2007 and did what you said to change the BIOS date on it, so I tried it but for some reason cannot change the day number, I can change the month and year but not the day, anyone know why?


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 PostPost subject: Re: [TUT] Changing the BIOS date in Virtual PC and VMWare        Posted: Sat May 14, 2011 12:59 am 
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Anyone have a utility to do this automatically in VMWare?

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on VMware it is very easy as doing Virtual PC's

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 PostPost subject: Re: [TUT] Changing the BIOS date in Virtual PC and VMWare        Posted: Tue May 17, 2011 10:41 pm 
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Hi,
in what section should I add this entry in Virtual PC 2007?
Here is the Options.xml file:
Code:
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-16"?>
<!-- Microsoft Virtual Machine Options and Settings -->
<preferences>
   <version type="string">2.0</version>
   <properties>
      <modifier>
         <build type="string">6.0.156.0</build>
         <name type="string">Microsoft Virtual PC 2007</name>
      </modifier>
   </properties>
   <virtual_gateway id="0">
      <id type="integer">0</id>
      <type type="integer">0</type>
   </virtual_gateway>
   <virtual_gateway id="1">
      <adapter type="string">\DosDevices\VPCNetS2_{A502A14D-B76A-4609-BA1D-AC5ECC58D064}</adapter>
      <id type="integer">16</id>
      <name type="string">Bluetooth Personal Area Network</name>
      <type type="integer">2</type>
   </virtual_gateway>
   <virtual_gateway>
      <next>
         <virtual_gateway_id type="integer">21</virtual_gateway_id>
      </next>
   </virtual_gateway>
   <virtual_gateway id="2">
      <adapter type="string">\DosDevices\VPCNetS2_{665DDBA1-5914-4BE5-B39A-507F3663F07C}</adapter>
      <id type="integer">17</id>
      <name type="string">Intel(R) PRO/Wireless 2200BG Network Connection - Intel Wireless Connection Agent Miniport</name>
      <type type="integer">2</type>
   </virtual_gateway>
   <virtual_network id="0">
      <gateway type="integer">0</gateway>
      <id type="bytes">FBB37009BDCF11DF813CE81224EF90E4</id>
      <name type="string">Local only</name>
      <notes type="string">This is the local only virtual network. Virtual machines connected to this virtual network can only communicate with other virtual machines on this network.</notes>
   </virtual_network>
   <virtual_network id="1">
      <gateway type="integer">20</gateway>
      <id type="bytes">FBB3700ABDCF11DF813CE81224EF90E4</id>
      <name type="string">Bluetooth Personal Area Network</name>
      <notes type="string">This is an external virtual network. Virtual NICs attached to this virtual network can access external networks through the "Bluetooth Personal Area Network" host network adapter.</notes>
   </virtual_network>
   <virtual_network id="2">
      <gateway type="integer">17</gateway>
      <id type="bytes">FBB3700BBDCF11DF813CE81224EF90E4</id>
      <name type="string">Intel(R) PRO/Wireless 2200BG Network Connection - Intel Wireless Connection Agent Miniport</name>
      <notes type="string">This is an external virtual network. Virtual NICs attached to this virtual network can access external networks through the "Intel(R) PRO/Wireless 2200BG Network Connection - Intel Wireless Connection Agent Miniport" host network adapter.</notes>
   </virtual_network>
   <window>
      <new_pc>
         <left_position type="integer">366</left_position>
         <top_position type="integer">290</top_position>
      </new_pc>
      <console>
         <height type="integer">254</height>
         <left_position type="integer">984</left_position>
         <top_position type="integer">139</top_position>
         <visible type="boolean">true</visible>
         <width type="integer">364</width>
      </console>
      <virtual_disk_wizard>
         <left_position type="integer">366</left_position>
         <top_position type="integer">290</top_position>
      </virtual_disk_wizard>
   </window>
   <settings>
      <virtual_pc>
         <enable_hw_assist type="boolean">true</enable_hw_assist>
      </virtual_pc>
   </settings>
   <virtual_gateway id="3">
      <adapter type="string">\DosDevices\VPCNetS2_{E7138AF3-D317-4428-9AD8-F6635CD5F34D}</adapter>
      <id type="integer">18</id>
      <name type="string">Marvell Yukon 88E8053 PCI-E Gigabit Ethernet Controller</name>
      <type type="integer">2</type>
   </virtual_gateway>
   <virtual_network id="3">
      <gateway type="integer">18</gateway>
      <id type="bytes">803C72D1122511E08216AFB37C7236B9</id>
      <name type="string">Marvell Yukon 88E8053 PCI-E Gigabit Ethernet Controller</name>
      <notes type="string">This is an external virtual network. Virtual NICs attached to this virtual network can access external networks through the "Marvell Yukon 88E8053 PCI-E Gigabit Ethernet Controller" host network adapter.</notes>
   </virtual_network>
   <alerts>
      <communications>
         <AETEMCAS type="boolean">true</AETEMCAS>
         <NTFYDIIE type="boolean">true</NTFYDIIE>
         <AETEMVCL type="boolean">true</AETEMVCL>
         <NTFYANID type="boolean">true</NTFYANID>
      </communications>
   </alerts>
   <virtual_gateway id="4">
      <adapter type="string">\DosDevices\VPCNetS2_{7D37B3E2-3A64-4D4E-87E2-4CFCAA3E56CE}</adapter>
      <id type="integer">19</id>
      <name type="string">Intel(R) PRO/Wireless 2915ABG Network Connection - Intel Wireless Connection Agent Miniport</name>
      <type type="integer">2</type>
   </virtual_gateway>
   <virtual_gateway id="5">
      <adapter type="string">\DosDevices\VPCNetS2_{13D92EEE-D51B-4144-9025-7AABCC4470D0}</adapter>
      <id type="integer">20</id>
      <name type="string">Bluetooth Personal Area Network</name>
      <type type="integer">2</type>
   </virtual_gateway>
   <virtual_network id="4">
      <gateway type="integer">19</gateway>
      <id type="bytes">D6E6BF0D65C011E08166C92F1C797757</id>
      <name type="string">Intel(R) PRO/Wireless 2915ABG Network Connection - Intel Wireless Connection Agent Miniport</name>
      <notes type="string">This is an external virtual network. Virtual NICs attached to this virtual network can access external networks through the "Intel(R) PRO/Wireless 2915ABG Network Connection - Intel Wireless Connection Agent Miniport" host network adapter.</notes>
   </virtual_network>
   <virtual_machines>
      <enable_idle_thread type="boolean">true</enable_idle_thread>
   </virtual_machines>
</preferences>


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 PostPost subject: Re: [TUT] Changing the BIOS date in Virtual PC and VMWare        Posted: Fri Jun 28, 2013 6:57 pm 
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I realize this is an old topic, but I have a virtual application running but the license times out with the current date. I need some info out of this application so I think if I can set the date back it should run.

This is the latest Virtual PC for windows 7 running on a 64 bit laptop

I was able to make the changed in the .vmc, using notepad as the editor and font color red in-case I needed to undo anything. I verified the changes were still in the file and ran the application. The date continued to revert back to the current date, and when I closed down the applications my changes were no longer in the .vms file.

Is there something that overrides this file with a back-up file?

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How about desynchronizing the date in VirtualBox?


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Doesn't seem to be working correctly in Windows Virtual PC, still resets the BIOS date.

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How about desynchronizing the date in VirtualBox?


You need to set the TimeOffset value, check TCB for further information.


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How about desynchronizing the date in VirtualBox?
Look up VirtualTimeMachine by neo on this forum. Pretty helpful tool regarding virtualbox.


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