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

18 Nov 2009   #1

W7 X-64 RTM,SUSE 11.1, XP PRO SP3 as a VM, VMware ESXi
 
 
XP Mode slow -- try (Free) Unity from vmware

Hi all
I've posted before about how I thought the IDEA of XP Mode was great -- but its implementation is STILL HORRIFIC. Slow / poor graphics / needs 64 bit CPU's etc

To get almost the same integration as XP mode with FAR FAR better performance and graphics use the UNITY feature of the new version of vmware player (rel 7).

Another bugbear - in XPMODE printing is solved by using vmware player instead -- DRIVERLESS PRINTING -- no printer drivers needed - prints directly from your Windows 7 / Linux box etc.

The main problem with vmplayer in the past was that it couldn't create virtual machine but only run them. (There was a trick using QEMU that could create VM's but that's another matter).

Anyway here's the link -- and you don't need to have the 64 bit VT feature enavled either so ordinary machines can run this.

VMware Player: Run Multiple Operating Systems with Free Download for a Virtual PC

Well worth a look.

While I am glad MS is thinking about virtualisation -- it still has almost a Universe to catch up with providers like vmware.

cheers
jimbo

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18 Nov 2009   #2

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

Sun's "Virtual Box" is another great offering. It's newer than VMWare which I also use and had some teething problems in the past but I currently find it better supported than vmware on the linux distros I use it for now. (Though I haven't tried to print anything from them).
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18 Nov 2009   #3

W7 X-64 RTM,SUSE 11.1, XP PRO SP3 as a VM, VMware ESXi
 
 

Hi fseal
Virtual box is fine -- I was only suggesting to people who are using the integration feature of XP MODE to switch to UNITY in vmplayer instead.

Virtual Box like vmware workstation is really for those who want to create, develop and test a load of different virtual machines. Integration is something else - mainly to allow "non technical" users to be able to run legacy XP applications directly from their desktops without having to configure / manage virtual machines.

Cheers
jimbo
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18 Nov 2009   #4

Windows 7 Professional (x64)
 
 

Are you saying that this Unity from VMware has integration features? I don't use XP mode much, but I'd hate to lose integration. Things like cut a shortcut from the XP desktop and paste it on the 7 desktop immediately.
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18 Nov 2009   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Unity pretty much provides a second start button, that gives you access to the start menu from the VM. So, anything you can do on the VM...you can do right from the host with the second start button.

Here is a video demonstrating;

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18 Nov 2009   #6

W7 X-64 RTM,SUSE 11.1, XP PRO SP3 as a VM, VMware ESXi
 
 

Hi there
nice video -- saved me the trouble

It's actually even better in WKS 7 and the new vmware player.

Cheers
jimbo.
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18 Nov 2009   #7

Windows 7 Professional (x64)
 
 

"Use VMware vCenter Converter to transform your existing Windows PC into a virtual machine and eliminate the need to re-install and re-configure your existing applications which is necessary with Windows XP Mode."

Here's a quote from the site. Can we transform our XP Mode virtual hard drive file into VMware without reinstalling everything? Also, what's the difference between VMware Player and VMLite XP Mode? (There's so many products out one wouldn't know which to choose)
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18 Nov 2009   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Yes, from within the VMWare Player, go to File and there is an option to convert your XP Mode hard drive right there.
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18 Nov 2009   #9

windows 7
 
 

One big difference between VMware Converter and VMLite MyOldPCs is that MyOldPCs preserves hardware information from host, and no longer need to re-activate the vm, it will just work. VMware Conveter needs to reactivate the vm, which is very difficult from regular consumer users.

About VMLite XP Mode, no one else is closer to Microsoft XP Mode. It takes a few mins to setup the vm, no need to install additional plugins, etc. Everything is ready to go, with 3D acceleration in next release, and it also takes the same XPM package as input. If you use it, you will see how easy it is, especially for people that have never used vm before.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by HughShaw View Post
"Use VMware vCenter Converter to transform your existing Windows PC into a virtual machine and eliminate the need to re-install and re-configure your existing applications which is necessary with Windows XP Mode."

Here's a quote from the site. Can we transform our XP Mode virtual hard drive file into VMware without reinstalling everything? Also, what's the difference between VMware Player and VMLite XP Mode? (There's so many products out one wouldn't know which to choose)
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18 Nov 2009   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I didn't have to reactivate my Windows XP Mode VM when I used the File, Import feature from within VMWare Player 3.0 either.
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