Vmware + Vista Questions

undeclared

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My idea is simply this:

Q6600 PC
8 gigs of ram
8800 GTX

That's gonna be my build.

I want to know if I can load up vmware, or microsoft virtual pc, etc..

Load Vista Ultimate X64..

Assign 2 CPUs and 4 gigs of ram to a VMWARE session of Windows XP
(and keep the other 2 cpus and 4 gigs of ram for vista..)

That way - I could play all the games or use all the apps that don't work, while keeping in my native vista.. Hence, no requirement of a dual boot.

Might this be able to work?
 

Cutthroat

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It would be easy enough to change the affinity of VMware so it used two cores, but you would also have to do that with every other process running on the PC to run on the other two cores. I'll bet it would work for the most part, but doesn't sound fun to do. On the other hand, you likely wouldn't use VMware to burn a disk with XP and play a game on Vista at the same time anyway, and even if you did do something like that with 4 cores I'm sure it would still run smoothly.

I think it would be a lot easier to dual boot. Mind you I dropped XP two months ago and never looked back, I didn't need it anymore once Vista was working good for me.
 

Kakumba

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I wouldn't bother with assigning cores. The only virtualization product I know is VMWare, and if you use VMWare Workstation, you can only assign 2 cores and up to 3600MB RAM to a VM anyway, so unless you are doing something on the host to use more than the remainder of the resources, you wont have any issues.

Also, using VMWare Workstation, the virtual GPU that it emulates wont play games too well....

All in all, this is not a situation for VMWare. Unless another product is better than it, I would recommend you dual boot.
 

AllGamer

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in VMware 6.0 you can use 8 GB RAM now and supports multi cores and also both 64bit / 32bit for both host and guests

The only problem i found with VMware 6.0 is that DirectX9c is not working properly

i had to revert back to VMware 5.5x where Direct9c works perfectly, but i like the new memory/cpu and OS support of 6.0
 

Kakumba

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Ahh. Hmmm, I have 6.0 lying around here somewhere, suppose I should try it. Didn't really have a reason to upgrade from 5.5....
 

Night201

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I'd try it, but keep your gaming in Vista and use the VMWare of XP for apps.
 

JackMDS

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Originally posted by: Night201
I'd try it, but keep your gaming in Vista and use the VMWare of XP for apps.
Yap, No matter what concoction you do your Games would not be agile on a Virtual PC.