- Put them on any drive other than C:\ (actually, any drive that you don’t heavily use at the same time)
- Don Roessler discusses how to reduce the size of your virtual hard disk (.vhd) files, and some other tips.
- Scott Hanselman talks about disabling unneeded services
- Consider Virtual Server instead (not for all users)
- Always get the latest version. From Microsoft’s Virtual PC 2007 product page, the new features in Virtual PC 2007 Service Pack 1 are:
This release of Virtual PC 2007 SP1 provides updates to existing features and introduces support for the following:
Windows Vista with Service Pack 1 (SP1) Business, Ultimate, and Enterprise operating systems as a host operating system
Windows Vista with SP1 Business, Ultimate, and Enterprise as a guest operating system
Windows Server 2008 Standard as a guest operating system
Windows XP with Service Pack 3 as both a guest and host operating system
- Read The Virtual PC Guy’s Weblog
- If you need, say, two virtual machines, one with Windows Vista and one with Windows Vista SP1, install Vista onto a new machine, then copy the machine files and install SP1 on one copy–much faster than installing Vista twice.
- Need a screen shot of what’s in the virtual machine? Look at the Edit menu and choose “Select All” then “Copy”–a bitmap of the VM window will be on the clipboard. (This is how I got the capture of my BASIC graphics output from a previous post).
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