One more Virtual PC performance tip

by Mitch Tulloch [Published on 28 Feb. 2006 / Last Updated on 28 Feb. 2006]

One more tip for improving performance of Virtual PC.

In an article titled Tuning Virtual PC Performance on, I described some tips for improving the performance of Virtual PC. Here's stilll another tip for you:

  1. Start your virtual machine (VM).
  2. Defragment the drive within the VM.
  3. Select CD --> Capture ISO Image --> browse to C:/Program Files/Microsoft Virtual PC/Virtual Machine Additions/ --> select Virtual Disk Precompactor.iso --> OK --> Yes
  4. Once pre-compacting is complete, select CD --> Release ISO Image, and then shut down your VM.
  5. Finally, in the Virtual PC console, select File --> Virtual Disk Wizard --> Next --> Edit an existing virtual disk --> browse to your .vhd --> Next --> Compact it --> Replace the original file --> Next --> Finish --> go for coffee :-)

The Author — Mitch Tulloch

Mitch Tulloch is a well-known expert on Windows Server administration and cloud computing technologies. He has published over a thousand articles on information technology topics and has written, contributed to or been series editor for over 50 books.

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