21 March 2006 11:14
For those of you that don't have the spare hardware to try out Windows Vista on a separate box Virtual PC makes an ideal alternative. Ben Armstrong has a great post on how to optimise Virtual PC for running Windows Vista
- The more memory you can assign to the virtual machine - the better. Though make sure you leave enough memory for the host operating system.
- Install the Virtual Machine Additions that come with Virtual Server 2005 R2 - these make a world of difference.
- Turn off most of the advanced video animation. You can do this by going to:
- --> right click 'Computer'
- --> 'Properties'
- --> 'Advanced System Settings'
- --> hit the 'Settings' button under the 'Performance' section
- --> Uncheck everything except 'Smooth edges of screen fonts', 'Use drop shadows for icon labels on the desktop' and 'Use visual styles on windows and buttons' and then hit 'OK'
- While you have the Advanced System Settings open - go to the 'System Protection' tab and disable this feature (you can use undo disks to get the same level of protection)
- Stop explorer from searching the network at odd times by going to:
- --> left click 'Computer'
- --> select the 'Tools' menu
- --> 'Folder Options'
- --> select the 'View' tab
- --> Uncheck 'Automatically search for network printers'
- Finally - if you are using Virtual Server - do not use a desktop background