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  • Virtual PC 2007 - very slow installing Windows Server 2008 (32 bit)

    I'm installing a virtual machine as a guest machine within Virtual PC 2007, and, it is noted to be very slow. Installation of the 32-bit version of Windows Server 2008 (trial) is taking over 4 hours to complete. The underlying OS on the guest is Windows Server 2008 (64 bit). Having left the installation over 24 hours, the installation was still completing by the following day; which is simply ridiculous. Overnight I had stopped Eclipse and all Java-related threads that I was running.

    One may note that:

    1. I cannot use Hyper-V due to an unresolved issue whereby the network interface (NIC) on the virtual machine does not interface with the guest machine.
    2. Somehow I am limited to installing 32 bit operating systems as guests within Virtual PC 2007.

    It seems to be stuck while the OS is 'expanding files', hence, during the hard disk operations. Eclipse, JVM , and, Java programs are also running on the machine, however, even when Eclipse and java are idle, speed is not noted to improve.

    Screenshots at http://cid-b712073b3513eb8e.skydrive...0-%20dumps.doc.

    Has anyone encountered similar issues?

    AMD Athlon 64x2 4600+ 2.40Ghz
    4Gb RAM

    Memory ~50% is free
    CPU Usage ~60% peaks to >90%

    Any ideas?

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    <no_boot_disk type="boolean">true</no_boot_disk>
    <ram_size type="integer">1024</ram_size>
    <controller_count type="integer">1</controller_count>
    <ethernet_controller id="0">
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    <vram_size type="integer">8</vram_size>
    <ide_controller id="1">
    <location id="0">
    <drive_type type="integer">2</drive_type>
    <absolute type="string">I:\File_Serv\Setups\Windows Server 2008 (trial)\32-bit\6001.18000.080118-1840_x86fre_Server_en-us-KRMSFRE_EN_DVD.iso</absolute>
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    <ide_controller id="0">
    <location id="0">
    <drive_type type="integer">1</drive_type>
    <absolute type="string">C:\Users\Administrator\Documents\My Virtual Machines\Dynamics\Dynamics Hard Disk.vhd</absolute>
    <relative type="string">.\Dynamics Hard Disk.vhd</relative>
    <absolute type="string" />
    <relative type="string" />
    <name type="string">Virtual PC 2007</name>
    <version type="string">0001.0000.0000</version>
    <floppy id="0">
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    <port_shared type="boolean">false</port_shared>
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    <connect_immediately type="boolean">false</connect_immediately>
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    <bios_guid type="string">{A0E901DE-9F64-4DCE-B53D-FD1913D62D68}</bios_guid>
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    <time_bytes type="bytes">02002000180000140609</time_bytes>
    <allow type="boolean">true</allow>
    <additions_number type="string" />
    <build_number type="string" />
    <long_name type="string" />
    <revision_number type="string" />
    <short_name type="string" />
    <suite_name type="string" />
    <depth type="integer">16</depth>
    <height type="integer">480</height>
    <width type="integer">640</width>
    <build type="string"></build>
    <name type="string">Microsoft Virtual PC 2007</name>
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    <action type="integer">4</action>
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    Re: Virtual PC 2007 - very slow installing Windows Server 2008 (32 bit)

    Originally posted by jon80 View Post
    The underlying OS on the guest is Windows Server 2008 (64 bit).
    What version of VPC are you using (exact build)? Also, have you installed 32 or 64 bit version of VPC?
    Originally posted by jon80 View Post
    Somehow I am limited to installing 32 bit operating systems as guests within Virtual PC 2007.
    VirtualPC 2007 supports only 32Bit guest OSes. It is not somehow, but by design ...

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      Re: Virtual PC 2007 - very slow installing Windows Server 2008 (32 bit)

      Do you see this behavior on any other virtual machine? Have you tried to install another OS just for giggles? I'm trying to narrow down if it's a problem with VPC or the installation media (could it be a dirty / scratched CD? Or is this an ISO, in which case, is it corrupted?).
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