W7Pro, downloaded the free Xp mode software and the Microsoft VM mode is single core!
I've got it running in VMware which is multicore but now Xp wants to be activated. Don't want to break any regulations. Is it ok to try to activate it?
I mean Microsoft gives it to you to run in a VM and I am running in a VM just not the Microsoft VM.
Oh, also I'm new to this whole Virtual Machine area. Do you need a full OS license for every VM you are running. Say I want to run my W7 installation inside my W7 installation as a VM so that I have two W7s running in one computer. Would I need to buy a brand new license?
If multiple copies of W7 are running at the same time then you are supposed to have multiple licenses. You will probably have trouble activating the virtual copy if you use the same license key for host and guest OS, since the VM counts as a different PC.
Why are you trying to play videos inside a VM? The performance problems may not be CPU-related; the VM likely does not have full access to the GPU's hardware acceleration capabilities.
As to the flash videos in a VM, I've read so much about the "holes" etc. in Adobe products I don't allow them on my main system. I know a VM is not perfect but it makes me feel a little safer and it is easier to nuke and replace.
I can play shows in my other Xp system (HBO-GO shows) but I would much prefer to be able to do that with the one that is on every day.
The Microsoft VM playing a HBO-GO show generally sits at 100% use of it's one core. So I was hoping the VMware multicore would fix that. But your probably right that it will end up being the graphic portion of the system that chokes.
The 100% CPU usage could very well be because it is being forced to do all of the video decoding in the CPU due to lack of support for GPU assisted decode inside the VM. Unless the video decoder is multi-threaded adding another virtual core won't help much.
I can certainly understand your desire to "sandbox" the Flash plugin for security reasons...