The use of thin (Ni0.81Fe0.19)1-xCrx seed layer for obtaining high anisotropic magnetoresistance in Permalloy (Ni0.81Fe0.19) films is reported. The process yields a high ΔR/R of for example, 3.2% for 120-Å-thick NiFe, without high-temperature deposition or annealing. X-ray diffraction shows that the NiFeCr seed layer causes the formation of large  textured grains in the Permalloy film, and that the interface between these two layers is quite smooth. These both increase the ΔR and reduce the resistance R in the film, which lead to the high ΔR/R. Also discussed is the enhanced ΔR/R and thermal stability trilayer magnetoresistive sensors using this NiFeCr instead of Ta as a spacer.