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A collection of VirtualPC speed tips
Authored by: sethd on Mar 09, '04 01:33:30PM

I don't see why having a fixed "hard drive" size would mean a performance gain. It seems that the hard drive jumps up to a fixed size when the PC is started up and then it reshrinks as the PC is shut down. Are there calculations being done on the virtual drive size as the PC is active?

On another note, I think the most important speed tip is the choice of what version of Windows to use. Windows XP is the absolute slowest of my virtual PCs. Many say that Windows 2000 is the speediest, and I've had ok experience with that. For some apps, Windows 95 has been very fast -- or apps haven't worked at all. Running Windows 95 means 100% CPU utilization of your mac, however. Windows 2000 doesn't use all of your mac's cpu unless it is doing something. Windows 2000 looks to be the best over all choice in this regard, but experimenting with Windows 95 might work for your purposes.

All this discussion makes me hope Darwine takes off.



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A collection of VirtualPC speed tips
Authored by: johnsawyercjs on Mar 10, '04 02:10:25AM

What about Windows 98?



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A collection of VirtualPC speed tips
Authored by: cynikal on Jul 18, '04 01:45:32PM

or what about windows nt 4.. that was blazing fast too.. faster than win2k and probably the fastest windows (maybe even 95)

the problem i've had with it was no usb support, and i needed that once in a while.. (to sync my pocketpc, and yes i have heard of pocketmac but when it comes to installing programs, activesync owns all sadly)



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A collection of VirtualPC speed tips
Authored by: sethd on Sep 26, '05 12:38:43PM

I hadn't tried it out before, but I agree that Windows NT 4 is the fastest OS under VPC 6.



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