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Hey all, some newbie questions here, hopefully someone way smarter than myself can shed some light on this fun topic. :-p

I just upgraded my old rig, it's blaaaaaazing fast! But I'm running Vista Ultimate x64, and there are a few programs that won't run (damn you Rhapsody!). I'd like to install XP on a virtual machine (we've been messing with VMs at work), but I'm afraid I don't know much about them.

BTW, my rig is mostly for home use, gaming, and occassionally programming / video editing / <insert random development here>.



First, what virtual machine software would you recommend that I use? I tried VMWare, but am not alltogether impressed with it - the web plugin interface is kinda crap, the console is buggy and doesn't refresh right, etc etc etc... The 2nd option I've found is Microsoft Virtual PC 2007. I just downloaded it at work, and am futzing around with it.

Second, what are some of the limitations of using the above said virtual machine software of choice? If I play an audio file in a VM will it come across as all choppy? Do VMs cause any problems on the host machine? Will it cause significant performance degredation on the host machine?

Third, I have 4 GB of RAM on my rig. If I assign 1 GB to the VM, will it lock up that 1 GB, leaving only 3 GB for my main rig, or will it only allocate the RAM as it's needed?



... I'm sure I haven't even scratched the surface, and don't even know what kinds of questions I could ask here. If you think of anything in addition to the questions above, please let me know!

Thanks in advance,

~ Nick
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BTW, have you tried running those programs in Compatability mode and as administrator first? I had a few programs that did that for me so that's what I did and they work fine now.

As far as virtual machines go, you'll need VMWare which is accepted to be the best as far as I know. I use it personally on my laptop and it rocks socks. You can download a version for free from their website for 90 days I believe. VMWare Ace is the one I have and it's awesome. If you didn't like the base VMWare, try the Ace version. I've never had a problem with it and I've got Leopard, Ubuntu, Server 2008, and Fedora Virtual machines on my laptop.

The limitations are based on what you do when you install the machine. During the create new machine part, it should give you options for things like networking, audio, cpu, memory, etc. I can't remember if I ever enabled sound or not so no input there.

When assigning RAM, it basically only allows the virtual machine to use 1GB of RAM but it doesn't "lock it up" so to speak from you. Your RAM is still available to your OS.
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