XP Opens Extremely Slow

Discussion in 'Virtual PC' started by JamesJ, Mar 13, 2007.

  1. JamesJ

    JamesJ Guest

    I have Vista Home Premium as the host PC and XP Home Edition
    installed as guest in VirtualPC. XP takes forever to start and when it
    does it seems any operation takes forever.I've increased the amount
    of ram to 512 (I believe is the highest) but it didn't help.
    Isn't there an operating system such as DOS I might install that I can
    run my old DOS games from??!! I've looked on the internet for DOS 6.22
    but found no link anywhere to download the program. XP is way too
    rescource hogging for what I want to do.

    JamesJ, Mar 13, 2007
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    ace_away Guest

    Buy an old copy of Win2K or Win98.
    ace_away, Mar 13, 2007
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  3. JamesJ


    512Mb of RAM for XP is not enough normally. Any XP install with that
    amount would be very slow to respond. Running DOS games under XP isn't
    an option as there is no underlying "DOS" under XP.

    DOS6.22 disks can be had, but at the moment I don't remember where they
    are on the web.


    GRAND_POOBAH, Mar 13, 2007
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    Steve Jain Guest

    512MB coule be too much RAM, depending on how much your physical system has.
    An XP VM will run decently on 256MB of RAM.

    Make sure that you've installed the VM Additions. This will give you the
    biggest performance boost.

    MS DOS is not a free OS, so it's not going to be available for download.

    You could look into free alternatives like FreeDOS to run in VPC, or also
    DOSBox which is an alternative to VPC for running DOS programs.
    Steve Jain, Mar 14, 2007
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    David B. Guest

    David B., Mar 14, 2007
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    David B. Guest

    David B., Mar 14, 2007
  7. JamesJ

    JamesJ Guest

    I'm going to give FreeDOS a shot but I have a question.
    I downloaded the ISO file for FreeDos. I'm assuming I need
    3rd party software to extract the files??

    JamesJ, Mar 15, 2007
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    Bo Berglund Guest

    An ISO file is just dragged to the VPC CD icon at the bottom and then
    it is "mounted" as a CD inside the virtual machine....

    Bo Berglund
    Bo Berglund, Mar 15, 2007
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    David Mee Guest

    Can you explain how you set this up - on mine it complains that Vista Home
    Premium isn't supported (why when everything else is!) and I can't load and
    vrtual PC's :-(
    David Mee, Mar 16, 2007
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    Robert Comer Guest

    You also need a DOS boot disk with CDRom drivers to read it...
    Robert Comer, Mar 16, 2007
  11. JamesJ

    Steve Jain Guest

    IIRC, the FreeDOS ISO will boot directly. It has a Linux boot sector.
    Steve Jain, Mar 16, 2007
  12. JamesJ

    JamesJ Guest

    VPC CD icon? Drag the file from where?
    I select capture ISO and select the ISO on the CD
    but nothing happens.

    JamesJ, Mar 16, 2007
  13. JamesJ

    Robert Comer Guest

    Cool, I didn't know that.
    Robert Comer, Mar 16, 2007
  14. JamesJ

    Robert Comer Guest

    You need to reset the VM after you capture the CD.
    Robert Comer, Mar 16, 2007
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    JamesJ Guest

    Worked ok.


    JamesJ, Mar 17, 2007
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