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Windows 7: sandboxie and ramdisk for extra security and performance?

26 Jun 2014   #11
Callender

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 
VMWare Player vs Linux

I use both VMWare Player and Linux but notice that when I install Windows 7 HP on WMWare Player and activate the license I only get Home Basic. Never figured out why that is.

As for Linux I use a few versions for different reasons but tend to mostly use Tails run from USB as it's pretty easy to simply mount the Windows partition and copy/ save files straight to it although depending upon the file this could in theory be a security risk!


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26 Jun 2014   #12
WindowsOP

Windows Ultimate x64
 
 

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Sandboxie gives you high security but is very cumbersome to use. I prefer using a Linux virtual system for internet operation. It is a much more flexible approach and just as safe. Here is how.

A RAMdisk does not really yield anything - especially not with such a small RAM of only 6GB.
How much RAM does VMWare player & Linux use or is it similar to Virtual Box where you set up how much RAM you want to use?
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26 Jun 2014   #13
Callender

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 
RAM Usage VWWare Player vs Linux

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Sandboxie gives you high security but is very cumbersome to use. I prefer using a Linux virtual system for internet operation. It is a much more flexible approach and just as safe. Here is how.

A RAMdisk does not really yield anything - especially not with such a small RAM of only 6GB.
How much RAM does VMWare player & Linux use or is it similar to Virtual Box where you set up how much RAM you want to use?
VMWare Player - it's adjustable. See:

https://www.vmware.com/support/ws55/..._mem_host.html

As for Tails RAM usage - sorry I don't have a clue. It runs entirely in RAM anyway! All I know is that it requires a minimum of 1GB RAM to run.
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27 Jun 2014   #14
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

As was said, the RAM allocation in VMware Player is a use choice. I use 1GB or 2GB depending on the PC I am running on.

Linux can run in as little as 256MB but will typically be between 512MB and 1GB. It will also highly depend on the distro you are using. Ubuntu will use more the Puppy. With Mint Mate I have noticed RAM usage up to 2.5GB. That was when I ran it from a USB stick where Mint could use all the RAM it wanted from a total of 8GB on that particular PC.
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27 Jun 2014   #15
WindowsOP

Windows Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
As was said, the RAM allocation in VMware Player is a use choice. I use 1GB or 2GB depending on the PC I am running on.

Linux can run in as little as 256MB but will typically be between 512MB and 1GB. It will also highly depend on the distro you are using. Ubuntu will use more the Puppy. With Mint Mate I have noticed RAM usage up to 2.5GB. That was when I ran it from a USB stick where Mint could use all the RAM it wanted from a total of 8GB on that particular PC.
What distro are you referring to that runs with 256mb to 1gb? that's reasonable for me as my laptop has 6GB
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27 Jun 2014   #16
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I was not really referring to any particular distro. I tried about a dozen distros and that is what I found. 256MB is really tight and will only work well with very small systems like Puppy. But in 1GB you can run any Linux distro - at least that's what I saw during my trials.

Of course you will get a bit better performance with 2GBs if you run the higher level distros such as Ubuntu or Mint. And with 6GB of RAM you should have no problem allocating 2GBs - unless you want to run several virtual systems along with the host system at the same time - as I sometimes do, see here.
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30 Sep 2014   #17
PWRwindows

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I use the AMD RAMDISK. I made it 256Mb in size. I put my firefox cache and IE cache there. I also changed my systems ENVIRONMENT VARIABLES in TEMP and TMP to that drive. I put my windows 7 pagefile to that drive at only 16MB size.

My machine runs so much better now.

8GB RAM and only used 256MB for the ram drive and all firefox cache and IE cache and system temp stuff is used in ram now and it's amazing how nice it is compared to all that R/W to my drives.
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