Re: Living with Microsoft Windows 7 for the next several years
The only reason System 76 recommends you install Win7 in a VM is because they, as a company, don't support Windows. They're not going to have a central web site you can go to and download all the Windows drivers for your hardware.
But since you are dead set on only using it in a VM, I don't really understand what it is you are wanting from this thread. A VM is a VM. Once you have Guest Additions installed, and are using the correct chipset settings in VirtualBox, that's the best you're going to get. You aren't going to get "bare metal" performance out of a VM. You're just going to have to live with what you have.
Also, in my experience, it's the people who freak out about Windows security the most that have the most trouble. I'm running Windows 7 right now without any antivirus at all, and I never have trouble. One thing that's very important to do is make regular backups, especially if your data is as important as you say it is. It's possible to lose data in Linux, as well as Windows.
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