I'm using VMware Player on Linux Mint 17 (64 bit) and my W10 VM is seems as good as my actual W7 install (speed and stability).
I have noticed some weird inconsistency with "Copy & Paste" between the VM and Host (and vice versa) since I updated to b9860.
First you say the UI shouldn't be unified.. then you say the UI should be unified (not have more than one version of the browser).
So i'm confused... should the UI be unified, or shouldn't it?
(and before you say "on the same computer", remember that many devices can act in multiple roles, such as the Surface which can be a laptop, tablet, or desktop depending on how you configure it).
Even more ironic, your name is "unifex" which give an air of "unification"... lol.
By the way, there aren't two versions of IE. It's the same version, it just has to ways of operating. The same is true of Chrome which also can run in Modern mode.
And then you go on to say:
The experience of using it is similar to all the complaints about 8 when it came out, where when closed an app you where returned to the Start Screen and not to the desktop
So now in 10 when you run anything from the Start Screen, it runs on the desktop, when closing apps down you are just left on the desktop
This is one of the reasons I have been trying out the Start Menu, in 10 currently this provides a much nicer way of working (as everything is desktop oriented), I find the Start Screen annoying with it taking me to the desktop for everything
I will change and adapt to 10 when it comes out, but for me so far 8.1 provides a much nicer experience
With Office I am not to sure now
If everything is running on the desktop, what advantage would there be to a modern office over the traditional layout
_Miles: You seem to have more issues with Win10 than most other TP insiders. I don't have a solid clue why though, only a few educated guesses.
My position on troubleshooting is this:
Start with a known good base.
Your specs say
- host=W8.0 x64
- 4 GB RAM
- guest=W10 x86
I would update to Win8.1 before trying Win10
Make sure VMware player is up to date
Early release software is always in flux (i.e. unstable) - make sure everything else is as stable as possible .
4 GB is fine for one or the other, but might be a little short for both the host and guest to operate efficiently.
I have 6 GB in my laptop and Win10 (3.5 or 4 GB allocated static) in a Hyper-V machine sometimes has memory issues. I think there's a leak, but it's only a gut feeling.
I would probably run the same bit depth x64 host and x64 guest. It shouldn't matter really, but then again ... who knows what's in these preview releases?
If your system specs are out of date and you've already brought your machine up to snuff, I guess the only thing left would be to create a new machine and install Win10 fresh.
You should be able to grab the ESD file from your current Win10 install by following Kari's tutorial
ESD to ISO - Create Bootable ISO from Windows 10 ESD File
If you can't bring or keep the Win10 machine up, mount the virtual hard drive (assuming VMware uses vHDs) and pull the file from inside Win8. I guess you can create the ISO using Win8, Kari would know for sure.
I posted an external link to an updated version of the ESD Decrypter tool in Kari's thread and the link also has a link to a ESD. Both Kari and the link I point to use the same tool, just different versions (Kari might have updated his tutorial or made the changes necessary in his scripts).
Alternatively, you could start at the base Win10 ISO and update through the Preview Builds update (PC Settings).
USB Flash Drive - Create to Install Windows 10
Once you have the ISO, install it on a new Virtual Machine.
You might have already gone through these steps - the only things I think might be the cause of so many issues is a memory leak in Win10 or it's the 32-bit Win10. I know that 32 bit is not supported for Win10 TP when UEFI is in play ... now that I think of it, my Hyper-V machine set up a virtual UEFI boot.
There's no way I'm updating to 8.1. The downside is if the update goes weird I'm hosed. I have no other means to download a driver or whatever to fix problems. The upside is pretty much nothing. I'd be more likely to take a risk to put W7 on than to update to a drab phone friendly OS.
VMWare Player is 6.04. That's as up to date as there is unless a new one came out today.
Edit: Again, I don't get the point of "evaluating" if problems are wished away. Let's just have press releases instead then.