Windows XP Mode IE8 is slow or unresponsive

May 6, 2012 at 13:33:59
Specs: Windows 7 64-bit, Intel Core i5 / 4GB
I installed Windows XP Mode on a 64-bit Windows 7 PC which has an Intel Core i5 CPU and 4GB RAM. The XP Mode VM was configured for 512MB RAM. It’s performance was adequate after installation even though I discovered afterwards that I hadn’t enabled Intel VT in the BIOS, which I did do a few days later, even powering down the Windows 7 host after enabling Intel VT. I thought the Windows XP Mode VM’s performance would improve as a result of this, but it didn’t. It still starts up as slow as it did before, and using IE8 inside of XP Mode is a bit of a drag because after I open just one or two tabs IE8 basically stops responding. I bumped up the XP Mode RAM from 512 to 1024MB RAM, to no avail. I figure all of this is because XP Mode is “unaware” that Intel VT has been enabled on the underlying Windows 7 host machine, and it does not know how to take advantage of that. Is there some setting in XP Mode which I can perhaps “flip on” so that it knows it’s underlying physical host has Intel VT enabled, so it can maybe run “faster”?

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May 6, 2012 at 15:52:35
That is odd, as XP mode cannot install without VT turned on. Did you download the old version of Virtual PC? Are you running Windows 7 Professional or Ultimate?

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May 7, 2012 at 19:21:49
It's Windows 7 Ultimate and I had I downloaded and installed the latest version of Virtual PC/Windows XP Mode.

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