virtual pc

Discussion in 'Virtualization' started by zikmoshe, Feb 10, 2009.

  1. zikmoshe

    zikmoshe MDL Novice

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    I was installing xp on Microsoft virtual pc and it tool alot of time
    Is there a good freeware that can do it faster?>
     
  2. offon7544

    offon7544 MDL Expert

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    Make an iso image of your CD before, and mount the iso in VirtualPC. It is much faster.
     
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  3. foxhunter

    foxhunter MDL Member

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    This solve the problem only if the ISO-Image is located on another physical disk.

    @zikmoshe:

    What time does your installation take? How many RAM does your host have, how many RAM do you have assigned to the VM?

    I've seen a very slow installation with only 512 MB RAM (or less) in the VM
     
  4. zikmoshe

    zikmoshe MDL Novice

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    virtual machine

    I didnt measure the time bur it some hours.
    Itwas done from cd with iso image and the memorysize was 512 out 0f 2gb
     
  5. urie

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    @ zikmoshe, change the size of ram in virtual machine to 1GB, i have 3GB and i set it to 1.5GB for my vista tests
     
  6. zikmoshe

    zikmoshe MDL Novice

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    I did and it runs a lot faster
    thnks
     
  7. foxhunter

    foxhunter MDL Member

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    I've talked to a colleague this morning.

    I gave him the Windows 7 DVD and he tried to install it on his Virtual PC environment.

    The files were copied, but the decompression stood at 0 percent for more than 2 hours. There was no disk activity.

    After several searches he found, that the Virtual PC needs to be updated to the latest version/SP
     
  8. HSChronic

    HSChronic MDL Expert

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    Virtual PC is crap, I mean it is ok, but MS doesn't put much work into it so it hardly ever gets updated and improved upon. VirtualBox and VMWare are the best software virtual PC solutions. Hardware assisted Hyper-Visors are the better solution. Microsoft Hyper-V Server is a stand alone virtual server application that is free, and will use the hardware assisted virtualization that is present in most modern hardware.
     
  9. foxhunter

    foxhunter MDL Member

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    That's my opinion too.

    What version do you try? As i can see, there is a Virtual PC 2007 out.

    But you should use one of the other products.
     
  10. zikmoshe

    zikmoshe MDL Novice

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    I tried vm wares and it worked very well indeed, so I think that is the solution. Unless I told that VirtualBox is better
    Thanks
     
  11. foxhunter

    foxhunter MDL Member

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    Virtual Box is only better in pricing ;)

    My colleague has told me in the morning that the Windows 7 DVD needs more than seven hours to decompress the files.

    He hopes that the installation will be finished if he is back home.
     
  12. urie

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    You can enable hardware assisted virtualization in MS virtual PC 2007:)
     
  13. Robster400

    Robster400 MDL Novice

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    VMWare is the way forward....faultless...
    I used it to test windows 7 64bit while i was running XP 32 bit :D
    (AMD-V ftw)
     
  14. urie

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  15. urie

    urie Moderator
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    @ Robster400, yes you are correct nowadays size shouldn't be a problem, but for me it is not hard drive size but the size some programs take up on dvd i do a lot of unattended installs and it don't take long to fill up your dvd with programs this size another is nero it is getting really bad then you have the size of your install.wim if you are using vista.:eek::)