|15 Mar 2009||#1|
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Th Dinosaur bites back - Windows 2000 on a VM STILL faster than W7 (x-32)
OK I know that I can't run some new stuff on W2K but as a little experiment I tried running some things like EXCEL on W2K and a 32 bit Windows 7 version - the official buid 7000 .
Office 2003 still runs on Windows 2000 BTW.
W2K with SP4 fixes seem to beat Windows 7 by quite a long way even though I was running W2K on a Virtual machine and the Windows 7 was on a physical machine..
I think a lot of it is caused by all the Aero and "eye candy" stuff in Windows 7.
(Mind you the machine I was running the w2K virtual machine on had a Quad core and 16 GB RAM whereas the Windows 7 machine was a T7250 Duo laptop).
It goes to show that running a Virtual Machine on decent hardware is perfectly viable and IMO is always better than messing around with dual booting - unless you really HAVE to dual boot -- for example some Video hardware needs to actually access the real hardware underneath rather than use the BIOS or the "Virtual hardware".
I needed this VM as I have an old 35 mm negative film agfa professional scanner which won't run (nor is it supported anymore) in XP or VISTA. The scanner is fine -- I still have loads of pre-digital negatives which I'm slowly "digitising". I also have a Minidisc device (works on XP but also works on this VM with SP4 applied. The whole VM fits on to a 2GB usb device so very portable as well.
The old Dinosaur isn't dead yet.
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|15 Mar 2009||#3|
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Boot up time of a VM is not normally significant provided the host has decent disks and a load of resources.
To get this to work on a "Physical machine" I'd have to hunt around for some weird SCSI and SATA drivers - also the hardware on my machine probably hadn't even been thought of when W2K was around - especially some of the 3d graphics.
But at the time W2K (together with Windows 2003 server ) were the best OS'es Microsoft has produced -- hopefully Windows 7 will be in the same tradition.
Apart from Windows Me (which wasn't even a Toytown OS) the one I HATED the most (even more than VISTA) was
Windows NT (which we used to call Windows No Thanks or Windows NeanderThal).
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