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Windows 7: XP Mode slow -- try (Free) Unity from vmware

20 Nov 2009   #21
HughShaw

Windows 7 Professional (x64)
 
 

I'm very impressed with VMware after getting things to work! This program seriously blows the competition away! Everything from it having the smoothest graphics, no bugs, and being the fastest has me in shock.


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20 Nov 2009   #22
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Yes, VMWare has been in the game a lot longer and that is pretty much the only thing they do..virtualization. While some of their commercial products do get expensive....the benefits and the functionality make it worth it. And their free offerings set the stage for the rest of the competition.
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20 Nov 2009   #23
HughShaw

Windows 7 Professional (x64)
 
 

Are the contents of "Documents\Virtual Machines" all we'll need to for a backup in case I want to get the exact same setup on another computer?

Edit: For anybody deleting Windows XP Mode, make sure you save the base vhd file, because VMware needs it!
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21 Nov 2009   #24
tcarrbrion

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by HughShaw View Post
Are the contents of "Documents\Virtual Machines" all we'll need to for a backup in case I want to get the exact same setup on another computer?
You can copy the folder under "virtual Machines" and have two virtual machines or copy it to a different users documents so they have XP mode as well. When you run the copy it asks if you copied or moved it. I have not tried copying to another computer.
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21 Nov 2009   #25
HughShaw

Windows 7 Professional (x64)
 
 

Yeah, I was just wondering what would happen if my hard drive crashed one day. Since I backup all my documents, would I be able to restore VMware XP Mode with all the same system settings and installations? (I do notice that the folder they store in documents has a vmx file which you can select when opening a virtual machine)
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21 Nov 2009   #26
jimbo45

Linux CENTOS 7 / various Windows OS'es and servers
 
 

Hi there
glad you liked vmware

On vmware workstation there's an option to "Clone Virtual machine" but all that does is actually just copy the data files.

Remember as far as your HOST is concerned the data in the directory which you use to open / power on your Virtual machine is just that - DATA for the HOST.

If you back up that directory it's fine. I've copied VM's like that to USB sticks, external HDD's etc.

When you power on a VM you've moved or copied answer "I copied it" to the initial prompt.

BTW copying VM's etc should not ask for any activations again since these are "identical in every way" machines --true 100% clones.

Cheers
jimbo
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21 Nov 2009   #27
tcarrbrion

Windows 7
 
 

I am very pleased with VMWare Player 3. I now have XP mode and Kubuntu 9.10 running as virtual machines on my Windows 7 64 bit and have had no problems with it. I installed VMWare tools on both systems. It does not seem too slow and is easy to use. Sound has reasonable quality (not as good as the host). I briefly tried Unity mode (with XP Mode) at it worked very well. Recommended.
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21 Nov 2009   #28
tcarrbrion

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by HughShaw View Post
Yeah, I was just wondering what would happen if my hard drive crashed one day. Since I backup all my documents, would I be able to restore VMware XP Mode with all the same system settings and installations?
Does anyone know if the key.txt file and the original base vhd need to be backed up? My guess would be not as the vmdk file would contain the key.
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21 Nov 2009   #29
HughShaw

Windows 7 Professional (x64)
 
 

Yes, just put your original base vhd file into your VMware folder. It would be something like \Documents\Virtual Machines\Windows XP Mode\. As for the key.txt file, I believe that it is stored in the original base vhd file.
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21 Nov 2009   #30
HughShaw

Windows 7 Professional (x64)
 
 

I really love VMware player! I got StarCraft working in XP Mode here, I'm sure other games will be no problem. So yes, it's confirmed that VMware can handle games built for XP.
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