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Windows 7: VMware Player - Install and Setup Zorin

04 Feb 2017   #40
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

Well done Ethel to be honest I was rather sceptical that it could be done but now I know thanks to your efforts
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04 Feb 2017   #41
ethel

Windows 10 Pro 64 bit
 
 
zorin os 12

Hello ICIT2LOL, I was rather unsure myself, but all is good. I will mark this as solved.
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05 Feb 2017   #42
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

Yep I reckon you passed the entrance test LOL!!
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1 Week Ago   #43
BuckSkin

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

I am a wee bit confused.
I have Windows 7 and Linux Mint Cinnamon, and also Zorin, dual-booted on some of our machines.
I previously had Windows 7 Pro and Linux Mint Cinnamon dual-boot on my main machine; but, when I switched to a SSD for the system drive, although I had successfully managed to do it before, I could not get the Linux partition to clone to the new drive --- so currently this machine is not dual-boot.
Then I stumbled upon this thread and wondered if VMware Player might be a better solution than the aggravation of having to boot back and forth.
I scanned through these pages and my answer may very well be there, but I did not catch it.

Question 1: With VMware Player, can I install programs and use them in Linux the same as I can in dual-boot configuration ?

Question 2: Lets say I am using Windows and have a few programs and need to do something in Linux; do I have to close out of my Windows programs before calling up Linux ?

Question 3: Does VMware Player/Linux simply behave as if it were another program in Windows, allowing one to simply click back and forth between the two ?

Sorry for so many questions.
Thanks for reading and all help is appreciated.
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1 Week Ago   #44
kado897

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by BuckSkin View Post
I am a wee bit confused.
I have Windows 7 and Linux Mint Cinnamon, and also Zorin, dual-booted on some of our machines.
I previously had Windows 7 Pro and Linux Mint Cinnamon dual-boot on my main machine; but, when I switched to a SSD for the system drive, although I had successfully managed to do it before, I could not get the Linux partition to clone to the new drive --- so currently this machine is not dual-boot.
Then I stumbled upon this thread and wondered if VMware Player might be a better solution than the aggravation of having to boot back and forth.
I scanned through these pages and my answer may very well be there, but I did not catch it.

Question 1: With VMware Player, can I install programs and use them in Linux the same as I can in dual-boot configuration ?

Question 2: Lets say I am using Windows and have a few programs and need to do something in Linux; do I have to close out of my Windows programs before calling up Linux ?

Question 3: Does VMware Player/Linux simply behave as if it were another program in Windows, allowing one to simply click back and forth between the two ?

Sorry for so many questions.
Thanks for reading and all help is appreciated.
1. Yes.
2. No.
3. Yes.

The only downsides to running a VM are reduced performance and you cannot easily access the virtual disks directly from Windows. You will need a reasonably powerful CPU and at least 8GB of RAM. You also need to have support in the BIOS for virtualisation.


You might also want to give VirtualBox a look. It is pretty much the same as VMware Player with a few more features.
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1 Week Ago   #45
BuckSkin

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kado897 View Post
You might also want to give VirtualBox a look. It is pretty much the same as VMware Player with a few more features.
Thanks !
I will check it out.
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1 Week Ago   #46
BuckSkin

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kado897 View Post
You might also want to give VirtualBox a look.
Thanks again.
I have downloaded VirtualBox v. 6.0.
However, I read that it works for Windows 8.1 and 10; no mention of Windows 7.
Is that simply due to Windows 7 being extinct; or, should I download an earlier version ?
6.0 was not the most recent; the information on the downloads page said something about the version after 6.0 not supporting software virtualization; I had no idea what that meant, but to be safe, I got the 6.0
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1 Week Ago   #47
kado897

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by BuckSkin View Post
Thanks again.
I have downloaded VirtualBox v. 6.0.
However, I read that it works for Windows 8.1 and 10; no mention of Windows 7.
Is that simply due to Windows 7 being extinct; or, should I download an earlier version ?
6.0 was not the most recent; the information on the downloads page said something about the version after 6.0 not supporting software virtualization; I had no idea what that meant, but to be safe, I got the 6.0
I've not run VB on W7 for several years now being on W10. I don't see any reason why it wouldn't though. I guess you are just going to have to try it unless someone else can chip in with info.
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1 Week Ago   #48
townsbg

Windows 7 pro 64-bit sp 1
 
 

7 isn't on the list of support host OS's. Chapter 1. First Steps


Maybe I'll be able to test tomorrow night. Did you download 6 or 6.1?
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1 Week Ago   #49
BuckSkin

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by townsbg View Post
Did you download 6 or 6.1?
I copy/pasted the file name:

VirtualBox-6.0.22-137980-Win
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