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Windows 7: Windows XP Mode Help

03 Apr 2010   #1
DQScott95

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Windows XP Mode Help

Ok so im running windows 7 ultimate x64 and i installed windows XP Mode... Everything works fine except that XP Mode lags a lot. how can i change this to make it run really smooth like it was a main OS...?


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04 Apr 2010   #2
zigzag3143

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DQScott95 View Post
Ok so im running windows 7 ultimate x64 and i installed windows XP Mode... Everything works fine except that XP Mode lags a lot. how can i change this to make it run really smooth like it was a main OS...?

Where/ how does it lag? does it lag in a browser, or on launching an app?
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04 Apr 2010   #3
DQScott95

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

It just lags in general like when i click a folder to open it i have to wait like 3 seconds for it to respond plus sometimes my apps wont even respond
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06 Apr 2010   #4
Kari

 

First thing to do is to add RAM to XP Mode. To do this, turn XP Mode off and go to its settings and assign the amount of RAM you want:

Windows XP Mode Help-xpm_memory.png

My recommendation is to use at least 1GB, 2GB's if your host has more than 3GB.

Next, modify the options.xml:
  • Turn off all running virtual machines
  • Open C:\Users\Your_Username\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows Virtual PC\Options.xml with Notepad
  • Add this somewhere between the Preferences tags:
    Code:
    <virtual_machines>
    <enable_idle_thread type="boolean">true</enable_idle_thread>
    </virtual_machines><br/>
  • Save the file
This allows your virtual machines to use more of the hosts resources, thus increasing the performance. A clear difference!

Kari


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07 Apr 2010   #5
DQScott95

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kari View Post
First thing to do is to add RAM to XP Mode. To do this, turn XP Mode off and go to its settings and assign the amount of RAM you want:

Attachment 65442

My recommendation is to use at least 1GB, 2GB's if your host has more than 3GB.


Next, modify the options.xml:
  • Turn off all running virtual machines
  • Open C:\Users\Your_Username\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows Virtual PC\Options.xml with Notepad
  • Add this somewhere between the Preferences tags:
    Code:
    <virtual_machines>
    <enable_idle_thread type="boolean">true</enable_idle_thread>
    </virtual_machines><br/>
  • Save the file
This allows your virtual machines to use more of the hosts resources, thus increasing the performance. A clear difference!

Kari
Well i already increased the ram to 1GB i have 4 total on my puter should i set it to 2GB (what is 2 gigs in MegaBytes) and as for the lines you told me to type in the XML where in it exactly should i paste it
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07 Apr 2010   #6
Kari

 

I would give it 2 gigs (2 GB = 2048 MB)

Add the lines anywhere between the Preferences tags. I have them quite in the beginning of the file:
Code:
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-16"?>
<!-- Microsoft Virtual Machine Options and Settings -->
<preferences>
	<version type="string">2.0</version>
	<properties>
		<modifier>
			<build type="string">6.1.7600.16495</build>
			<name type="string">Virtual PC</name>
		</modifier>
	</properties>
	<virtual_machines>
		<enable_idle_thread type="boolean">true</enable_idle_thread>
	</virtual_machines>
	<br />
	<virtual_machines>
		<power>
			<mm_timer_duration type="integer">10</mm_timer_duration>
		</power>
	</virtual_machines>
	<br />
	<virtual_gateway id="0">
		<id type="integer">0</id>
		<type type="integer">0</type>
	</virtual_gateway>
        ...
        ...
        ...
(The above is an extract of my options.xml file.)

Kari
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07 Apr 2010   #7
DQScott95

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

that worked it runs much better thank you
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07 Apr 2010   #8
Kari

 

Good to hear that.
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07 Apr 2010   #9
DQScott95

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I love how much faster it runs nowe i dont have to wait forever for something to load but "Kari" your using windows 7 right, well is there any way to make it run as fast as windows 7 or no???
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08 Apr 2010   #10
Kari

 

No. It is a virtual machine, using resources of the host computer, which makes everything takes longer.

Running XP Mode smoothly like host OS is not possible. XP Mode is OK when running legacy software in Win7, but because of this speed issue and emulated old S3 graphics it is not a good alternative for a gamer.

Kari
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