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Windows 7: Should I keep xp-mode running all the time?

07 Jan 2011   #1
bww

Windows 7 Pro-64 bit
 
 
Should I keep xp-mode running all the time?

I am new to virtualization. I am running xp mode in windows 7 and have a task that I need to run in xp every day and it takes about 10 min to run.

My question is: Is it better to just let xp mode stay open all the time?

Currently I hibernate xp mode after I am done running the application, then the next day I bring it back. I also keep my Windows 7 running in sleep mode when I am not using the computer.

I have 6 gb of memory and the xp mode is using 1024mb. I don't run any memory extensive programs.

Thanks

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07 Jan 2011   #2

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Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center
 
 

Your system can run XP Mode all the time, especially thinking the amount of RAM you have. But Virtual PC process uses unnecessary processor resources also when idle, and raises both processor and GPU temperature.

I let virtual machines never run when I do not need them. Not having a virtual machine constantly on, the processor and GPU temperature stay a bit cooler and I do not waste processor resources.

Kari
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07 Jan 2011   #3
bww

Windows 7 Pro-64 bit
 
 

Kari,

So the bottom line is to just hibernate each day and then unhibernate when I want to run the program. It only takes about 1 minute for the hibernation to load up so I guess that is the best solution.

Thanks for your answer and help
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07 Jan 2011   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

My vote would be for no. these things start up so darn fast, especially when suspended, that I would keep them closed.
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07 Jan 2011   #5
bww

Windows 7 Pro-64 bit
 
 

Is suspended the same as hibernated?
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07 Jan 2011   #6

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Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center
 
 

Yes, my bit complicated answer meant No. As Pparks says, it starts fast when you need it.

Yes, suspended is as hibernated.

Kari
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