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Article #182 Windows XP Mode Guide for Installing Solid Route Accounting - Enterprise Edition on Windows 7 64-bit Operating Systems (OS)

Windows XP Mode Guide for Installing Solid Route Accounting - Enterprise Edition on Windows 7 64-bit Operating Systems (OS)


This topic is for advanced users. It is recommended you use the services of a Microsoft Certified technician and set aside sufficient time to complete. Depending on your proficiency, it can take 2 to 4 hours to complete all of these steps.

Clients with Support Agreements:

Under the terms of Solid’s support agreement, the client is responsible to provide a working computer system. This means that all of the work done under this Solid Know How™ is at the client’s responsibility. If you wish to have Solid undertake this upgrade, then you will need to purchase support as follows:

  1. Main Computer - 4 support tickets for the main computer, plus
  2. Workstations - 1 additional support ticket for each additional workstation, plus
  3. Support Person - A person at your location with administrator access to your system for the duration of the installation, and
  4. Appointment - Make an appointment a few days in advance.


As the power of office computers increases, Windows 7 64-bit operating systems are becoming more and more prevalent in the workplace. Like most other software, Solid Route Accounting - Enterprise Edition is well suited for this work environment through the Windows XP Mode feature, which is available at no additional cost for users of Windows 7 Professional, Ultimate and Enterprise versions. It’s important to note though that not all Windows 7 64-bit computer systems may have the needed hardware components to handle Windows XP Mode, so it’s important to verify this hardware compatibility prior to purchasing a new company computer.


This guide moves through 3 main steps:

  • Step 1: Install Windows XP Mode.
  • Step 2: Download and install Solid Route Accounting - Enterprise Edition on your Windows 7 computer.
  • Step 3: Setup Solid Route Accounting - Enterprise Edition on XP Mode.

Step 1: Install Windows XP Mode:

Note: Before starting installation, determine if your computer can run Windows XP Mode. Thankfully Microsoft has made the checking of computer hardware and installation of Windows XP Mode an easy 4 step process. From the new Windows 7 64-bit operating system computer, view the Microsoft Windows Virtual PC page and follow their instruction. Here is the link:
Microsoft Windows Virtual PC Download Page

  1. Any Windows 7 64-bit computer will need this Windows XP Mode for using Solid Route Accounting - Enterprise Edition. To verify that this computer is indeed a Windows 7 64-bit computer:
    1. Click on the ‘START’ button in the lower left corner of the screen,
    2. Right-click on ‘Computer’,
    3. From that menu select ‘Properties’.
      1. Under ‘Windows Edition’ make note of the edition of Windows 7 being used as this information will be needed for Step 3 below.
      2. Under ‘System’, verify that the ‘System type’ is a ’64-bit Operating System’.
      3. If it’s a 32-bit Operating System after all, you do not need Windows XP Mode to install Enterprise Edition.
  2. Click on the link on this step called ‘tool’ to verify that this 64-bit computer has the hardware required to use Windows XP Mode. This is a piece of Microsoft software that will need to be downloaded onto the 64-bit PC and run.
  3. Once the computer has been verified to have the correct hardware, select the Windows Edition (from Step 1 above) as well as the language of the 64-bit operating system.
  4. Download and install ‘Windows XP Mode’ first, then install ‘Windows Virtual PC’, followed by ‘Windows XP Mode update’.

The computer may require a restart after installing the ‘Windows Virtual PC’. When ready, follow the steps below to get Solid Route Accounting - Enterprise Edition working on this computer. In addition, there will likely be updates to the Windows XP system. Be sure to download and install them as recommended by Microsoft.

Step 2: Install Solid Route Accounting - Enterprise Edition on this computer:

  1. Download CONFIG.NT to SysWOW64 Folder - In order for our installer to complete successfully, it will expect there to be a file called ‘CONFIG.NT’ within the SysWOW64 folder on this computer. See the ‘Attachments’ at the end of this article for a ‘CONFIG.NT’ file to download for free by clicking on the file’s name.
    1. When asked what you would like to do with this file select [Save], and when the Save windows shows, choose ‘Computer’ from the menu on the left, followed by selecting the (C:) drive, which is typically called ‘Local Disc (C:)’.
    2. Once inside the (C:) drive, navigate to ‘Windows’ and open the ‘SysWOW64’ folder. Once inside the ‘SysWOW64’ folder, use the [Save] button to download and save this CONFIG.NT file into this folder.
  2. Solid Route Accounting - Enterprise Edition is now ready to be installed onto the Windows 7 operating system.
    1. Download Latest Version - Contact a Solid Client Service Representative to get the latest version of Enterprise Edition.
    2. Install this version - Once download is complete, run the installation. You will also need:
      1. You will need Administrator access, and ...
      2. Your license key to activate your file. Please obtain this from Solid Innovation.
  3. Once Installation is complete, cleanup Windows 7 Desktop:
    1. Two new icons will appear on Windows 7’s desktop, those being for ‘Solid MultiConnect’ and ‘Solid Route Accounting’.
    2. Delete only the ‘Solid Route Accounting’ icon.
      1. This will prevent it from being used from this location, as this program can only be used within Windows XP Mode.

Step 3 - Setup Solid Route Accounting - Enterprise Edition on XP Mode:

  1. Start Windows XP Mode for the first time:
    1. We are now ready to work inside Windows XP Mode. To access this mode, click on Windows 7’s ‘START’ button, and under ‘All Programs’ select ‘Windows Virtual PC’ followed by ‘Windows XP Mode’. The first time this program is run, it will automatically run through an installer.
    2. Allow the Windows XP Mode installer to complete.
  2. From within Windows XP Mode, locate the ‘Si’ folder.
    1. To begin, click on the ‘START’ button, and select ‘My Computer’ to list all the drives available to this Windows XP Mode computer.
    2. Under the category of ‘Other’, open the drive listed as ‘C on (computer name)’.
    3. Once opened, enter the ‘Si’ folder, where all of the files that make up the Solid Route Accounting - Enterprise Edition business system should now be displayed.
  3. Find the location of the files from within the XP Mode:
    1. Right-click on any of these file or folder names
    2. From this right-click menu select ‘Properties’, which should open up to the ‘General’ tab.
    3. Under the ‘General’ tab, the program’s ‘Location’ should be displayed.
    4. Copy or write down exactly this location. Once copied, close down these windows.
      1. The location should look something like this: \\tsclient\C\Si
  4. Map a drive letter to the SRA files inside Windows XP Mode:
    1. In Windows XP Mode, click on ‘START’
    2. Right-click on ‘My Computer’, and select the menu option ‘Map Network Drive…
    3. Make a note of the ‘Drive’ letter, which is by default typically ‘Z:’, however can be changed to any other available drive letter.
    4. In the ‘Folder’ field, Paste or type in the ‘Location’ from the previous step.
    5. When done, use [Finish] to create this mapped drive.
  5. From within Windows XP Mode, open Windows Explorer and Move to the newly mapped drive:
    1. Begin with ‘START’ and open ‘My Computer’ where there should be a new section of ‘Network Drives’.
    2. In this section the newly mapped drive will be listed as ‘C on (name) (Z:)’, where ‘Z’ is the Drive letter from the previous step.
    3. Open this drive to be taken back to the folder that the Solid Route Accounting - Enterprise Edition business system was installed to.
  6. Run Solid’s workstation client install tool from the mapped drive. Install .NET 2 upgrade from Microsoft if not presently installed:
    1. Within this mapped drive, select the ‘Workstation’ folder, and open ‘SiClient’ to begin the workstation’s installation.
      1. Note: If a message appears informing that .NET 2.0 or greater needs to be installed, follow the link available to install the most recent version of .NET first, and then try running this ‘SiClient’ program again to begin the installation wizard.
      2. Note: You must install .NET 2. So be sure to navigate to the correct location on the Microsoft site. Generally, Microsoft will have special notes about various upgrades listed elsewhere on this page. As of writing, this is the current location for the .NET 2 upgrade:

    2. Complete the workstation installation wizard.
      1. Use the [Next] button to proceed through the screens.
      2. Note: Do not install Si MultiConnect, the communications program. Instead, always run Si MultiConnect from the Windows 7 desktop, outside of Windows XP Mode.
      3. Verify that all other settings are correct as you go, however the default settings given will be appropriate for most installations.
  7. Adjust Windows XP Mode settings in CONFIG.NT and set the Workstation environmental variable TRMNO:
    1. Set the correct CONFIG.NT value:
      1. Move to the folder C:\Windows\System 32.
      2. Edit the file CONFIG.NT using Notepad.
      3. At the end of the file, change FILES=40 to at least FILES=125.
      4. Save this file.
    2. Set the correct TRMNO:
      1. By default, the workstation install tool will set TRMNO=02. You will need to ensure that the first or main computer is set to TRMNO=01, while every other computer in the network is set to a unique TRMNO. Increment each number by 1.
      2. To change TRMNO, do this in Windows XP Mode.
      3. Click on the ‘START’ button, and then right-click on ‘My Computer’, and
      4. Right-click menu select ‘Properties’.
      5. Inside the System Properties, select the ‘Advanced’ tab from along the top,
      6. Select the [Environment Variables] button near the bottom. This will display a list of some of the variables (information) that this computer uses to run.
      7. In the second section called ‘System Variables’, scroll down and find the variable called ‘TRMNO’. Select ‘TRMNO’ and use the [Edit] button to change its ‘Variable value’ to ‘01’ or your unique number as noted above. Use [OK] to accept this change and return to the ‘Environment Variables’ window, and use [OK] once again to close this window and return to the ‘System Properties’. Use [OK] one last time to close the ‘System Properties’ window, and Solid Route Accounting is now ready to be run.

Congratulations, once the workstation wizard is complete, Solid Route Accounting will now be available from the desktop in Windows XP Mode.

Please Note Operating Sequences:

  1. Solid MultiConnect™ runs from the Windows 7 desktop.
  2. Solid Route Accounting™ (i.e. Solid Business Central™) runs from the Windows XP Mode desktop.
  3. That means you start up your computer in this order:
    1. Start the computer
    2. Start Solid MultiConnect.
    3. Start Windows XP Mode.
    4. Start Solid Business Central from within XP Mode.
  4. When shutting down, be sure to exit programs in reverse order.

Next Steps:

  1. If you have been using Wi-Fi connections, please refer to the following two Solid KnowHow articles to assist you in configuring server side, port forwarding, and external IP address setup together with the mobile setup:
    1. Article #116 Palm OS Wi-Fi Internal and External Sync Setup Guide
    2. Article#187 Windows Mobile OS Wi-Fi Internal and External Wireless Sync Setup Guide
  2. Setup Printers in Solid Route Accounting - Enterprise Edition and for Solid Business Central:
    1. Article#110 How to Configure Solid Business Central to Print to a New Office Printer?

Last modified on Friday, 16 February 2018 13:17

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  • Software Components: Solid Business Central
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