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Windows 7: Two OSs on VMware


17 Aug 2012   #1

Desk Top with Win 7 Home Premium 64 bit and Lap Top with Windows 8.1 Pro 64 bit
 
 
Two OSs on VMware

My OS is Windows 7 64 bit. I installed VMware and then Win8 (pre release) in VMware. Can I have two operating systems on VMware? I would like to install Ubunto and would like to know if that can be done. Thanks

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17 Aug 2012   #2

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Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center
 
 

As long as your hard disks have space enough for a new virtual machine, you can install as many guest OS as you want to. Each and everyone of them is individual, not depending on each others. You can also run as many of them simultaneously as you want to as long as there's enough RAM, for instance a PC with 16 GB of RAM can easily run 5 virtual machines with 2 GB RAM each simultaneously and still have enough resources to run a game on host at the same time.

Kari
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17 Aug 2012   #3

windows7 ultimate x64bit
 
 

of cource!!! me i run 4!! the problem is the ram memmory and the prossessor, you need more than 6GB of ram and minimun 2 cores prossessor with minimum 6MB memmory cache!the virtual machine use your hardware in the numbers that, you set! for example me i have 1.50GB ram for linux fendora, 2 GB for windows8, and 1GB for windows xp,
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18 Aug 2012   #4

W7 X-64 W8.1 X-64 Opensuse 13.1 W2003 Server
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Valon1982 View Post
of cource!!! me i run 4!! the problem is the ram memmory and the prossessor, you need more than 6GB of ram and minimun 2 cores prossessor with minimum 6MB memmory cache!the virtual machine use your hardware in the numbers that, you set! for example me i have 1.50GB ram for linux fendora, 2 GB for windows8, and 1GB for windows xp,

Hi there
CPU isn't generally a problem with VM's running on something like Windows 7 -- we aren't talking about servers hosting many many VM's as a "Server Farm" type of operation (depending on what you are running of course) but RAM IS.

VM's EAT RAM for breakfast -- put 8GB in mimimum - 16 GB better-- cheap enough - now -then you are fine.

4GB is borderline - might work if you run say a single VM - you won't be able to run many concurrently.

Cheers
jimbo
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18 Aug 2012   #5

Desk Top with Win 7 Home Premium 64 bit and Lap Top with Windows 8.1 Pro 64 bit
 
 

I have 8Gig of RAM in my host machine. I have Win8 installed in VMware to which I assigned 4 gig. I'm now going to install UBUNTU. I will not run Win8 and UBUNTU at the same time. Should I assign 4 gig to UBUNTU? As I said, I won't run them both at the same time.
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19 Aug 2012   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

In that case, yes, no problem. VMs only consume RAM when they are active, and the guess OS is actually allocating RAM for its own use. You might even be able to run at the same time, but expect crashes between them when when running RAM demanding programs, also the host performance may suffer.
But if not running at the same time, all should run fine.
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