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    Windows 7 XP Mode

    Some months ago, I followed Fred Langa's excellent step-by-step guide to "Using Window 7's XP Mode" and have been using XP Mode for two programs - MS Money 2002 and MS Front Page 2002. I have found that the programs take quite a time to load and any Internet activity in XP Mode is very slow. Also, I keep getting told that the memory and disk activity is high. Is this normal for a Windows Virtual PC?
    Any advice on how to improve performance and other people's experience in operating Windows 7 XP Mode would be welcomed.

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    If the VM is on the same drive as the host OS performance will be significantly slower. Moving the VM to another drive will help quite a bit, externals will work as well, USB 3 better than USB 2 of course.
    For best performance I move the VM to a SSD, either internal or external USB 3, the latter choice making the VM portable.

    Also, back in the day when I was building up XP Mode from scratch, I always imported XP mode to VMWare player 3.0 (still available) and then upgraded VMWare Player to the latest version. That way it's easier to move and make a backup copy, more options, better performance.

    Memory usage should be high, if you can, assign more RAM to the VM (2 gigs might help a little) and disk activity will also be high when both the host and guest OS are active on the same disk; in fact it becomes the main bottleneck that slows everything down. I've even tried host and guest on a fast SSD and each is fast but they still get in each other's way when working and there are noticeable slowdowns here and there.

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    Thank you for confirming my experience with VM. My VM is on the same drive as the host OS. I shall now consider moving the VM to another drive as you have done to see how much improvement I can get.

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