Windows Virtual PC on Windows 7 very slow network access

Discussion in 'Virtual PC' started by John Daintree, Oct 14, 2009.

  1. Hello All,

    I'm running Windows Virtual PC on Windows 7 RTM. (4 cores, 64 bit, 8G RAM)

    I've created an XP VM but the VM's network performance back to the host
    machine is really slow. A similar VM on an XP host (via Virtual PC 2007)
    performs much better network-wise (orders of magnitude better probably).

    I'm not running this in "XP mode" (at least I don't think I am), I just want
    a VM to test software installs on.

    I've installed the "Integration features". I dunno what else to pursue.

    Any ideas?


    John Daintree, Oct 14, 2009
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  2. OK, worked around it, uninstalled Windows Virtual PC (y'know , the new
    Windows 7 one), and installed Microsoft Virtual PC 2007 (y'know, the old
    one). This one seems to work and does all I need.

    Don't get me started....

    John Daintree, Oct 19, 2009
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  3. Argh! I do appreciate hearing this, as I'm about to go down that path.

    So (anyone) what does the new one offer, other than USB support, that I'd be losing?
    Karl E. Peterson, Oct 20, 2009
  4. John Daintree

    Bo Berglund Guest

    The possibility to run a *single* program inside the virtual machine
    and only show this program's window on the Win7 desktop, not the
    entire viurtual machine desktop?
    Bo Berglund, Oct 21, 2009
  5. Hopefully an update will fix the performance problems.

    For my use though, I'm just testing software builds and installations, so I
    don't need any of that "new" stuff.

    John Daintree, Oct 21, 2009
  6. That's somewhat intriguing. What are you doing, maximizing the app within the VM?
    Any links that I could use to get a better idea about this feature?
    Karl E. Peterson, Oct 21, 2009
  7. Hi Karl,

    I don't think I'm doing anything unusual. I start the VM, which is a fairly
    "clean" XP installation, and then launch our install bootstrapper , which is
    just a dialog based (so not full screen) installer. The bootstrap binary is
    located on our local network. It takes an age for the install GUI to show,
    and then installing the MSIs (also on the network drive) takes even longer.

    I'm assuming an update to Windows 7 will fix this, but I'll probably not
    notice now that I've un-installed Windows Virtual PC.

    If I stumble across anythng online I'll post it here.

    John Daintree, Oct 26, 2009
  8. John Daintree

    ssarthur2 Guest

    The new one also offers improved drive mapping. I am finding it easier to
    move files in and out of the VM using the mapped drives.

    However, they took away the capability to simply drag files in and out of
    the VM. This feature was buggy in VPC 2007, but why not fix it instead of
    taking it away?

    Also, I am having problem with Windows VPC not responding. Occasionally,
    the VM seems to simply stop responding and I will have to sit and wait for 3
    - 4 seconds for it to come back. This will drive me back to VPC 2007, if I
    can't find a work around. If there is a work-around, it is worth staying on
    WVPC, in my opinion.
    ssarthur2, Nov 24, 2009
  9. ssarthur2 explained on 11/24/2009 :
    I like that, yeah.
    Hmmmm, yeah, that is a real WTF, isn't it?
    I have one that I can't get the Integration Components installed in,
    and it's just a giant steaming pile of y'knowwhat, at the moment. I'm
    not sure what to do to get that one going.

    But otherwise, it seems to be kinda sorta okay. Oh, and a Win95 VM is
    popping a new error I haven't seen before, either. Ei yi yi..
    Karl E. Peterson, Nov 24, 2009
  10. John Daintree

    Bo Berglund Guest

    The reason is that the console is totally redesigned and now uses
    Remote Desktop technology. Obviously it was never possible to
    drag-drop stuff in an RDP session so the infrastructure is not
    Bo Berglund, Nov 24, 2009
  11. Bo Berglund explained :
    I did not know that. Interesting!

    (Doesn't mean I didn't always *want* to use drag/drop with RDP... <g>)
    Karl E. Peterson, Nov 24, 2009
  12. John Daintree

    lenkd Guest

    I have the same exact problem you cant opperate a bitt torrent insid
    them anymore because the network access is so horrible. and simpl
    filesharing become unstable and explorer crashes while testing softwar
    builds of my network apps
    lenkd, Dec 5, 2009
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