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Windows 7: Virtualization recommendation ??

22 Jan 2013   #11

Win 7 Ultimate x64 desktop, Win 8.1.1 x64 laptop, Win 7 Home x64 netbook, Win 8.1.1 x64 tablet
 
 

Not screen shots, a "snapshot" of the system itself so you can restore your VM back to the state it was in when the snapshot was taken.

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22 Jan 2013   #12
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

OK, I see. I use Macrium for that. Just make an image. But ususlly I image the host and guest together.
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22 Jan 2013   #13

Win 7 Ultimate x64 desktop, Win 8.1.1 x64 laptop, Win 7 Home x64 netbook, Win 8.1.1 x64 tablet
 
 

In my work, I may need to install "iffy" pre-alpha software that could mess up the system so it's nice to take a snapshot of the VM before installing the software, that way I can revert back easily if the software causes problems. Taking a snapshot of the VM is far more efficient than doing a complete system image.
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24 Jan 2013   #14

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Okay I have now succeeded in installing Windows 8 from an upgrade into Oracle VM Box. I had similar problems to WHS to start with but then discovered that instead of the usual way of installing Win 7 then useing the Win 8 upgarde ISO to install Win 8 I found you need to open the ISO go to "Sources" then double click the setup.exe file in that folder. Don't ask me why but it works perfectly. I did have a bit of a problem getting the virtual Win 8 and WinXP that was installed in VM earlier, to recognise my USB items. This needed downloading and installing the VM Box Extension Pack and then designating the various USB connections in the USB filters section. Now all is fine and tickerty boo. If only I could work out how to shut Win 8 down I would rest easy
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24 Jan 2013   #15

Win 7 Ultimate x64 desktop, Win 8.1.1 x64 laptop, Win 7 Home x64 netbook, Win 8.1.1 x64 tablet
 
 

The easiest way to shutdown in Win 8 is to press Alt-F4 from the desktop.
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24 Jan 2013   #16

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by strollin View Post
The easiest way to shutdown in Win 8 is to press Alt-F4 from the desktop.
Thanks Bruce, my remark was just a cheap jibe at MS for making the shutdown so difficult to find. I only want an instance of Win 8 on my PC so that I will have some idea of what my new members are talking about when they ask about their new (or sometimes first) PC. I run a club for local people, usually of the older generation (like me) who are just starting out in computing! They are bound to ask why it is so complex just to turn the thing off. I fear that many will just press and hold the button on the front of the Case to turn off! Why oh why did MS not just put a tile on the start page? I daresay one can be created, I'll have a look at that later. For my part I'm staying with Win 7

EDIT: Okay have found a tut for creating Shut Down on Start screen but imagine sending this link to a real newbie who is struggling to send an email or similar "simple" task?
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24 Jan 2013   #17
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I use WIN+I to get to the power/shutdown button.
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24 Jan 2013   #18

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
I use WIN+I to get to the power/shutdown button.
True that is another way but that just takes you to Settings, it's another click to go on the Power button then to choose shut down. Win 8 is said to be faster than 7, this makes a fundamental function slow in my view!
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24 Jan 2013   #19
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Yeah, but one extra click is not the world. I can live with that. WIN+I is better than the charms - especially in a virtual machine where the corners are not the real corners of the screen and hitting those corners is a bit finagle.
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24 Jan 2013   #20
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Wolfgang,
I was thinking of running Win 8 in VMware player but apparently MS don't sell W8 retail in Australia, only upgrades Is this a plot to rid the planet of Windows 7?
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