Virtual PC for XP?

P4i6g / P4i65g
April 9, 2010 at 08:45:14
Specs: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, 2.8 GHz / 2.0 Gb
2 questions:

1 - Is there a Virtual PC app that runs on an XP system or is it only for Windows 7?

2 - If one exists, could it theoretically be used as a troubleshooting tool for the following situation?

(If need be, we can assume the situation is happening under Windows 7, just for the purpose of this question.)

Let's say one had a PC where the internet access speed seemed to be degraded. e.g. 3 systems on a network that all used to have identical speed test results but one system is now showing much slower results.

Could a Virtual OS help determine whether the issue was hardware related or OS related? i.e. if the speed was still degraded when tested under the Virtual OS, would that be a stronger indication of a hardware problem since the hardware would be common to both OS's?


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April 9, 2010 at 09:12:16
I don't think you're going to be able to do what you're asking with it, but you can try Microsoft Virtual PC 2007:

Or VirtualBox:

Make sure to read up on how to configure the host OS & the guest OS in terms of memory allocation.

I think a better way would be to boot off a Linux Live CD so that Windows is taken totally out of the picture. If the internet speed increases when using Linux, you can be fairly certain the problem is Windows/software related rather than hardware related.

Personally, I'm a fan of Mint Linux or Mepis, but there are literally 100's of distros to choose from.

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April 9, 2010 at 09:57:05
Good answer jam!

Have an old dell I am bring back from the grave and that sounds like a perfect OS for it.

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April 9, 2010 at 14:40:51
Virtual PC's use the real hardware and software actually so you can't test it that way.

You can use a Bart's PE/ VistaPE or a W7PE disk maybe. Or as Jam points out a live linux cd may offer a good solution.

Built in to MS systems is a real good test application too. MS calls it performance monitor. If you understand how to select a metric and interpret the results you may find some answers too.

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Les Paul (1915-2009)

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