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Updated March 15, 2006
March 15, 2006
Loren Olson uses a Windows utility called ASMW PC-Optimizer Pro to boost the speed of Windows XP running in Virtual PC 7:
I get a speed of over 1.5 GHz speed under Virtual PC with Windows XP Pro. This speed is real, and I do mean real. This is attained using a G5 Dual Core Quad 2.5 GHz machine, but the hardware is not all of it by any means.
I use a Windows program called ASMW PC Optimizer. It allows me to tweak Windows XP Pro settings, which I have included below. Other programs that allow for these types of tweaks will also work with Virtual PC.
You will also help your Virtual PC performance if you keep your Windows XP clean, including your Internet cache and disk tuning.
I am very pleased with the results so far. Here are the settings for each dialog box you will find in ASMW PC Optimizer.
Performance Related Visual Tweaks
|Enable Mouse Shadow||
|Enable List-Box Smooth Scrolling||Yes|
|Enable Gradient Taskbar Captions||No|
|Disable alphablending (transparency) of Selection Rectangle||No|
|Enable Taskbar Fade in/out||No|
|Enable Combobox Animation||Yes|
|Enable Menu Animation||Yes|
|Enable Tooltip Animation||Yes|
Start Menu Tweaks
Unless you have special reasons for wanting any of these on, you do not need any of them on at all.
No Automatic window refresh Yes Show Bitmaps as icons in explorer No Show shared document folders from “My Computer” Yes
Automatically close non responding applications
(This one appears unchecked which is not correct. Very important to have checked!)
All you need here is Enable Boot defrag for faster booting, everything else can be off.
Animate Windows No Activate Desktop Quick Info Yes Deactivate Taskbar Balloon Info No Don’t Move Windows Filled No Change Windows 3D Effect Yes Desktop Shortcuts With Arrows Yes
There are several Programs that will do this job, though most all will cost something. In the end, it is clearly worth it.
with tweaking Windows in Virtual PC 7.
Other MacWindows emulator pages:
- Running Windows on Intel-based Macs
- Virtual PC 7 Notes and Reports
- Virtual PC 6 Notes and Reports
- Virtual PC 5 Notes and Reports
- Virtual PC 4 Notes and Reports
- Virtual PC 3 Notes and Reports
- Virtual PC software conflict list
- Alternative x86 emulators for Macs
- Emulator product listings and links
- Macintosh emulators for PCs
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