Living in a Virtual World

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With the release of Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 RC , like all Developers I wanted to get my hands on the latest tools.  However, due to the fact that I’m currently working on many things, I can’t switch environments completely just incase I run into any compatibility issues that may compromise a timeline.  To get around this I’ve decided to recruit the help of Microsoft Virtual PC 2007 SP1.

Using a Virtual Machine is a great alternative, but when you’re running VMs on an older laptop things seem a little bit slow.  My Laptop has a 2.0Ghz Processor with 2 Gigabytes of RAM. As you can imagine my machine gets pretty bogged down.  I can run Virtual PC without any issues, as long as I don’t run any other intensive processes.

microsoft-virtual-pc_thumb Knowing that Visual Studio 2008 Installs in approximately 45 minutes, I expected Visual Studio 2010 would take closer to an hour or so.  After an hour and a half and the Installation  still wasn’t complete, I tried to figure out a way to get the install to run a bit faster. I took to the task manager for some answers. I right clicked on the Virtual PC Task in Task Manager, and changed the priority to high. The installation sped up and has been moving at a faster pace ever since.

If you find yourself working within a Virtual Machine and things are slowing down, I’d definitely suggest giving this a try.

Happy Coding!