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Windows 7: Best VM for me?

08 Aug 2010   #1
bww

Windows 7 Pro-64 bit
 
 
Best VM for me?

Getting a new laptop Wed with Win 7 Pro (6 gb mem) moving from a WinXP pro and want to use basic virtualization (new laptop is hardware compatible). I have read lots of threads and looked, as much as I could, at VirtualBox, VMPlayer and VirtualPC xpmode. Which should I use?

1. I will only be running either Windows 7 or XP as the guest OSs and not doing anything but basic things. XP just to have my old system and Win 7 if I want to try something before loading to my real system.
2. I would like to get my old XP system over to be able to run programs from it by using a VHD save (I have acronis for doing the image backup as VHD).
3. Very imporant is I want something that will be easy and as trouble free as possible as I am new to virtualization.

What is the best choice for me of the three programs?

Thank you


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08 Aug 2010   #2

Windows® 8 Pro (64-bit)
 
 

I'd recommend virtualbox. It's easy to use, IMO.
Besides, many ppl here uses MS XP Mode.
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08 Aug 2010   #3

 
 

XP mode on Windows 7 seems ok unless you actually want to use it! i say VirtualBox, its free, it works, and here i am posting from linux in Windows 7!!
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08 Aug 2010   #4
bww

Windows 7 Pro-64 bit
 
 

Thank you both for your recommendation.
Would I be able to make a VHD of my current XP pro system (using Disk2VHD) and load it into virtualbox on my Win 7 system and run the programs, etc from the VHD?
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08 Aug 2010   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I'd recommend VMware Player 3.x. That's the product that I use and have used VMWare products for a number of years. You certainly can convert your existing machine into a VM with the VMWare Converter...which is a free application.

For your needs, any of these products should work well enough with little difficulty.
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12 Aug 2010   #6

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bww View Post
Thank you both for your recommendation.
Would I be able to make a VHD of my current XP pro system (using Disk2VHD) and load it into virtualbox on my Win 7 system and run the programs, etc from the VHD?
Migrate_Windows - VirtualBox
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12 Aug 2010   #7

Window's 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

I am new to the Virtual world and i went with Virtual Player and it auto installed Windows Server 2008 R2 from the iso image of my hard drive and it went pretty fast works great as far as i can tell at this point in my usage of the program. I like it better than dual booting like I did with vista and Windows 7 and XP good luck to all in the virtual world.
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12 Aug 2010   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

VirtualBox is okay though I'd recommend VMware Player or VMware Workstation.
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13 Aug 2010   #9

Windows 7 32bit RTM
 
 

VmPlayer if you want real performance especially with graphics.
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13 Aug 2010   #10

Windows 8 Professional x64
 
 

try sun virtual box..
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