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Windows 7: New to Virtualization-need a little help.

03 Apr 2013   #1
Smorton

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 
New to Virtualization-need a little help.

As stated, I am very new to Virtualization and I was thinking of trying to install Win XP on my current Win7 machine. I don't now if I have the power or the ram needed.

I currently have Windows 7 Home Premium
Intel Core 2 Quad CPU Z9550 @ 2.83 GHZ 2.83 GHZ
8.00 GB of Ram, 64 bit operating system

I was going to try to install VMware Player or VirtualBox to run the Win XP. (I would also like to try Ubuntu or Linux Mint sometime).

Do I have enough ram and power? I could buy more ram. Also, my hard drive is small. It is a 120 GB Samsung SSD.

Thanks for any input.

Smorton


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03 Apr 2013   #2
Dude

Windows 10 Pro X64
 
 

Yes you can run virtual, I suggest you look through this section Virtualization - Windows 7 Help Forums


The thread you posted in, sorry had another tab going in general discussion. And yes I would look at adding some more hard drive.
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03 Apr 2013   #3
Smorton

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

More drive or more ram?

Thanks

Sm
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03 Apr 2013   #4
Dude

Windows 10 Pro X64
 
 

More hard drive. If you plan on running xp, ubuntu, and mint each can take a couple of gb, and I"m not sure how much free space you have.
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03 Apr 2013   #5
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

You have plenty of everything you mentioned. You did not say how much disk space you have. Figure 40GB for a Windows system and 20GB for a Linux system (average use and average number of programs and user files).

Have a look at this tutorial. Although it was written for Windows 8, it fully applies to all systems. You just have to select the type of system you want to install in one of the first steps. My advice, make an immediate installation. No need to delay the installation (you'll see).

Here is a little tutorial I made for installing a Linux distro - Zorin in this case but I also installed Mint that way. The only difference is in the commands needed to activate the VMware Tools. It may give you more insight.

VMware Player - Install and Setup Zorin

If you have any questions, let me know. I will be glad to help.
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03 Apr 2013   #6
Smorton

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

Right now I have 63.7 GB of used space and 55.4 GB of space that is unused on my C drive. I keep all of my documents, etc on another drive. It probably would be too expensive to get another, bigger SSD at this time. I can't run the guest OS on an external hard drive I imagine?

If I don't have enough ram will it get doggie? I like the speed I currently have. Would I notice much difference?

Thanks

SM
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03 Apr 2013   #7
Smorton

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

Heck, the Windows 8 looks like an interesting thing to install. Those are good directions.

Sm
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03 Apr 2013   #8
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Don't worry about the RAM. You have plenty. I gave my Windows 8 virtual 3GB of RAM which leaves 5GB for the rest which is Windows 7 and I also usually run Mint Mate with 1.5GB. They all run beautifully and the virtual systems run from a 60GB external SSD that I bought at Newegg for $59.95. Reason is also because my internal SSD is only 60GB. From that I sometimes run Zorin in addition to Windows 7. But Zorin needs only 12GB including VMware and the tools.

Here I have a little demo running Windows 8 in VMware Player.

VMware Player - a Windows 8 Demo
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04 Apr 2013   #9
Smorton

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

You can run virtual OS from an external SSD. I didn't know that. Hard to do? I will look at your video

Thanks

SM
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04 Apr 2013   #10
Smorton

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

Any tutorial on how to run an OS in virtual from an external SSD?

Clever.

SM
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