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Windows 7: Best VM program for Win 7

21 Apr 2011   #1
jim31

 
 
Best VM program for Win 7

I'm interested in using a Virtual Memory program so I can try applications such as Windows Home Server and perhaps Windows Server 2003.

I've been looking at a program called Windows Virtual PC. It looks like it has two components - Windows XP mode and Windows Virtual PC. Can someone explain with of the two programs I would use.

Any suggestions and help would be greatly appreciated.


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21 Apr 2011   #2
StalkeR

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 x64
 
 

For me the best is VMware. Also you can try Virtual Box ,it's also great.
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21 Apr 2011   #3
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jim31 View Post
I'm interested in using a Virtual Memory program so I can try applications such as Windows Home Server and perhaps Windows Server 2003.
I think you mean you are looking for virtualization software.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jim31 View Post
I've been looking at a program called Windows Virtual PC. It looks like it has two components - Windows XP mode and Windows Virtual PC. Can someone explain with of the two programs I would use.
Windows Virtual PC is the underlying virtual machine software provided for free by Microsoft. This allows you to create various virtual machines on your computer. Now, Windows XP mode is a virtualized Windows XP with Service Pack 3 that is "free" to use by people who own a copy of either Windows 7 Professional, Enterprise or Ultimate. It's a free copy of Windows XP that is setup to run as a virtual machine.

In addition to Microsoft's programs, there are 2 other very popular options out there. 1 is VMWare Player and the other is Oracle VirtualBox. Both of these are free and work great. The advantage to both of these is that they have great support for operating systems outside of those made by Microsoft....like Linux. Like Windows Virtual PC these are just virtualization software applications. You must create and install the virtual machine itself after installing them.

If you do happen to have a copy of Windows 7 Professional, Enterprise or Ultimate and would prefer to use VMWare Player, you can import Windows XP mode into it and use it. Like I said, it's a free copy of Windows that is activated and ready to go...provided you have 7 Professional, Enterprise or Ultimate.
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21 Apr 2011   #4
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I use Virtual Box - works well (with Guest Additions)
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21 Apr 2011   #5
jim31

 
 

Many thanks to all who replied.

Yes, I'm running a registered copy of Windows 7 Professional.
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21 Apr 2011   #6
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

In that case, I'd suggest VMWare Player with the import of Windows XP Mode. It's what I use.
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30 Apr 2011   #7
pcunite

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Virtual box is the best free one, but WMWare is so much better if you use a VM everyday. Managment is much better, support (different OSes) and so on.
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