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#1 greatchap

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Posted 14 August 2013 - 01:45 AM

Hi Guys,

I have a sony vaio laptop with the following config:

OS: Win 7 Pro
Ram: 6 GB
HDD: 650 GB
Processor: i7-2640M @ 2.8 GHZ

HDD RPM: 5400

I have installed Windows XP using Microsoft Virtual PC. I run three programs in XP Mode and a couple of programs in Windows 7. I have allotted 1.5 GB Ram to XP mode.

In the xp mode the performance is very slow. At times even opening my computer and navigating to a folder takes a while.

Is there anything I can do to speed things up? Can I overclock my laptop also?

Please advice.

Thank you,

Cheers,
GR

 



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Posted 14 August 2013 - 10:23 AM

I have installed Windows XP using Microsoft Virtual PC.

 

Are running XP Mode?  Install and use Windows XP Mode in Windows 7

 

I don't know of a single oem BIOS which hasn't be set so that overclocking isn't an option.


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Posted 18 August 2013 - 06:53 PM

I experimented with a VM once, the VMWare free version not the Microsoft one, because I had some old software I was having real problems getting to run on a 64 bit Win 7 machine. For what it's worth, the results were patchy. Some software ran extremely well, including some truly elderly 16 bit CAD software dating back to the days of Win 3.x, other applications - especially simulators - ran extremely slowly. It seems to be the nature of the beast.

 

Anyway, I abandoned the VM experiment because I managed to get most of the older software to run under Win 7, and I keep an old laptop mainly because it runs the 16 bit software. The laptop may be slow, but it's still at least as fast as the 386s and 486s this software was designed to run on !

 

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Posted 18 August 2013 - 08:16 PM

VMWare is much more stable and quicker than Microsoft Virtual PC. I run all of my virtual machines from it without a hitch, sometimes I have 3 open at the same time. I assign 2gb ram to all Win OS's.

 

XP mode is an option that you may wish to consider though depending on the applications you need to run... Good link Arachi.



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Posted 21 August 2013 - 11:45 PM

Thanks for your replies guys. The programs that I want to run are not old. They use the .net framework. But since I need to run multiple copies of them I am using XP mode as an option. Should I try virtual box ? Its free and I read its fast.



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Posted 21 August 2013 - 11:53 PM

I seriously recommend VMWare. It's the most stable IME.... also free.



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Posted 22 August 2013 - 03:47 AM

Thanks for your help guys. I thought VMware was not free so I installed VirtualBox. It is working fine. I installed Win XP as guest os and my Win 7 is host os. The guest os can see host os folders but is vice versa possible.



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Posted 22 August 2013 - 12:44 PM

In VMWare you have to set up particular shared folders... Guess it's the same with VirtualBox.

 

One of those read the manual moments.



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Posted 22 August 2013 - 10:54 PM

Thanks, the whole setup is working fine now.



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Posted 23 August 2013 - 08:41 AM

Do have SP1 on this computer?


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