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Windows 7: VM or dual boot?

03 Nov 2015   #11
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

According to the specs MS VPC will not run 8.1 or 10

Let us know how it goes.


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03 Nov 2015   #12
HAVOC

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

I saw that and I don't need XP mode (it is running pretty good though). I also installed Oracle VirtualBox. It comes with a user manual that will be helpful as I'm a beginner with VM's.

I wanted a VM to run Windows 8.1 and 10 to see if I want to "upgrade" my system to 10 in the future and because I know someone will ask me to look at their computer and if it has 8.1 or 10, I'll be confused.

I'm going to uninstall Virtual PC. Is there and reason to keep it for what I need.?

I'm going to have to buy a copy of 8.1 and 10 if I plan to run them in a VM, correct?
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03 Nov 2015   #13
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

No reason to keep MS VPC

If you want them then ya, just buy em.

But 10 can be downloaded free I believe.

Windows 10 ISO Download - Windows 10 Forums
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03 Nov 2015   #14
lehnerus2000

W7 Ultimate SP1, LM18 MATE, W10IP VM, W10 Home, #All 64 bit
 
 
VMware Player

The latest VMware Player will run the W8 series and W10.

I run a W10 VM using VMware Player on a Linux Mint (64 bit) OS (I dual boot W7 and LM17.2)
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03 Nov 2015   #15
Brds7t7

Windows 7 Pro 64-Bit, Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit, Windows 8.1 Pro 64-Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by HAVOC View Post
Got my answer.
WindowsXPMode_N_en-us.exe doesn't come with Windows Media Player (for Europe).

Would having multiple VM's installed cause any issues like having multiple anti-viruses installed?
You mean having AV installed on both the guest and the host systems?
I've done it before, I don't tend to usually, I just have AV on my host machine. But I have had VM's set up with AV and firewalls installed. Never really caused me any issues although can slow down the VM a little occasionally.
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03 Nov 2015   #16
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

You only use 1 Virtual OS at a time, so there should be no problems. Look at how many Z has installed in reply #8

I even have ubuntu and zorin installed in mine. No issues.
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03 Nov 2015   #17
strollin

W10 Pro desktop, W10 laptop, W10 laptop, W10 Pro tablet (all 64-bit)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AddRAM View Post
You only use 1 Virtual OS at a time, so there should be no problems. Look at how many Z has installed in reply #8

I even have ubuntu and zorin installed in mine. No issues.
Provided you have enough RAM and an adequate cpu, there's no reason why you can't run multiple VMs concurrently.
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03 Nov 2015   #18
HAVOC

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

I was referring to having multiple VM programs installed at the same time.
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03 Nov 2015   #19
strollin

W10 Pro desktop, W10 laptop, W10 laptop, W10 Pro tablet (all 64-bit)
 
 

On my Win 7 desktop, I have MS Virtual PC installed with XP mode and also have both VirtualBox and VMWare Player installed. I have had some problems trying to run a VMWare Player VM at the same time as a VirtualBox VM but there is no issue with having multiple VM programs installed at the same time.
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03 Nov 2015   #20
DavidE

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64
 
 

I use both multi-boot PC's and VM's.
imho there are pros and cons to both.

For me a VM is fine for testing, learning, etc.
I would not run a "full-time/permanent" OS as a VM.
In a VM, everything runs through an emulator, and that can make a difference.
When i see an issue or question (VM), is it because of the OS or a "VM" issue ?
Been there, done that, spent the time troubleshooting.

With a bare-metal install, there is no emulator, my OS's access hardware directly.
I still use both multi-boot and VM's, they work for me as i prefer and want.
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