I was running mostly older paint programs, like paint shop pro that wine does not like. I also tried to run some audio/video apps but that really dosn't work well. I guess I just meant in general, it ran kinda slow as far as launch times and the general responsiveness when you click or do something (drag windows etc)
I did what everyone suggested and installed the guest additions. I'm really not sure what that does but it sure worked to speed things up a great deal. In fact, I'm writing this from IE within my xp install and it feels like its on its own computer I'd say. I also increased ram from 512megs to 1gig. Also, I was considering raising the video ram from 32 megs to 128 or 256 megs because I have 512 in the actual phystical video card, but I'm not sure that would help much, its good as it is now.
I also installed tweak ui and dumped anything I didn't want or need. Next I will google some tutorials for disabling every service you don't need. I sure don't need wireless and a ton of other crap thats probably running...
One bad thing, after installing the guest additions I'm only able to get 1152x864 where before I set it to 1280x1024, which is what my main system was at. Set the same, the windows integrated with compiz better as one side of the cube.
Now it works okay but its kind of annoying switching back and forth from full screen to windowed mode when I want to switch to the linux or amiga side of the cube.
All in all, its now working how I wanted when I started messing with this, and I'm pretty sure I can say goodbye to one windows machine sitting in my basement of doom now. I will keep one windows machine just for sound/video work. Haven't tried sound and video stuff now thats its faster now, but I still think it would be best to do that on its own machine... My vector box is officially my favorite computer for quite awhile now, but this just makes it even better.
I have dos, amiga, windows and linux progs all going at once. I love it...
My sincerest thanks for everyone's kind assistance. Any other tips, I'm all ears since I'm still tweaking.