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I have tried running windows xp development virtual machine under windows 7 and the performance was dreadful.

I'm considering installing Linux and running the virtual machine from the Linux, but I'm not sure whether I can expect any performance gains?

It's a 2.4ghz core 2 duo machine with 4gb ram and 5400 rpm hdd.

Can somebody please recommend very cut down version of linux that can run VMWare player and isn't resource hungry?

Thank you

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Not really a Stack Overflow question, but it sounds like you might want to look into using VMware ESXi. It doesn't need a host OS to run virtual machines.

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That may not be a windows issue. Does your CPU support hardware virtualization / have it activated? If not - and intel can be tricky here - performacne WILL be bad on ALL virtualization "emulators". Hardware virtualization support is the key.

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  • I'll look into proc. specification in a minute. Thanks for that
    – vikp
    Jun 6, 2010 at 10:32
  • Also check bios - hardware support may simple be off there.
    – TomTom
    Jun 6, 2010 at 10:46
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I am running xp and ubuntu virtual machines on my win 7 laptop and have no problems at all. I use VirtualBox not VM. Just make sure that you allocate enough RAM and Video RAM to the virtual machine

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  • I'll give virtual box a go if the VMWAre doesnt do the job. Thank you.
    – vikp
    Jun 6, 2010 at 10:32
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My laptop is almost same spec as yours and windows 7 is installed. I can run Windows XP, Windows 2003, and Linux Vritual machines on it (not at the same time). I am using VMWare and performance is quite acceptable. I am running Visual Studio 2008 on Windows XP Virtual machine :).
When I run virtual machine, I close all applications and unnecessary services on physical machine and keep less than 1GB RAM for physical machine.

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