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Greetings,

Today I installed VMwareFusion and then installed Windows XP. Everything is working fine. The only features that aren't working are the four settings under "Hardware". It won't let me adjust the size of the HD, the amount of memory, running two processors to take advantage of the C2D processor in my computer, and it won't let me connect the battery information to the host.

Can anyone help me out here?

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Once the size of the HD is set all you can do is add another one. There are some command line tools that allow you to expand an existing drive. Check out http://www.vmware.com/community/thre...ssageID=736915 and http://www.vmware.com/community/thre...threadID=92619. Proceed with caution (if you have real-world data that you need), I managed to pooch my XP VM by trying to expand the disk space.

You should be able to adjust the other settings -- just not while the VM is running. So, just start the Fusion program without starting any VMs, then select your VM from the Library window and click settings.
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Thanks! Very helpful.

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With regards to setting RAM, how much should I allocate to Windows? I have 2 GB's total.

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With regards to setting RAM, how much should I allocate to Windows? I have 2 GB's total.

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Windows XP typically runs very well on 512MB, 1GB is usually more than sufficient for most tasks.

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Just one thing to remember -- Windows has that draconian anti-piracy thing where if you make too many "upgrades" you'll have to register again. May not be more than a minor nuisance, but something to be aware of nonetheless.
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Just one thing to remember -- Windows has that draconian anti-piracy thing where if you make too many "upgrades" you'll have to register again. May not be more than a minor nuisance, but something to be aware of nonetheless.
Please explain. I'm not familiar with that.
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When you go through the Windows XP registration process it creates a hardware profile that ties your XP serial number with that hardware. Upgrade your RAM from 512 to 2 gig (for example) and/or change your hard drive size or add another process and you'll be calling MS to re-register your software.
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Oh, that'd be a pain.
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Yup. It's also one of the contributing factors for me switching to Mac
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When you go through the Windows XP registration process it creates a hardware profile that ties your XP serial number with that hardware. Upgrade your RAM from 512 to 2 gig (for example) and/or change your hard drive size or add another process and you'll be calling MS to re-register your software.
It's usually tied to things like the motherboard, CPU and video card - not routinely upgraded items like memory and hard drives.

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Right, but if you go on an upgrade frenzy it can be a combination of any hardware.
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Am I supposed to be able to play games, even older ones like SimCity 3000, with VMware Fusion, or do I need to run games on Windows with Bootcamp?

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SimCity 3000 should work, VMWare emulates DirectX8.1 enough - I've played SimCity on one of them, either Parallels or VMWare. VMWare plays CivII under Windows 2000 perfectly.

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