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Windows 7: Can I have more than one virtualization solution?

29 Aug 2010   #1

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit Build 7600 / Microsoft Windows XP Professional SP3
Can I have more than one virtualization solution?

Sounds like a dumb question... but I don't want issues that make me reinstall later... In my laptop I got Virtual PC with XP Mode... but as Virtual PC is only aimed for Microsoft OSes, I would like to install another solution (Maybe VirtualBox or VmWare...) so I can emulate maybe linux or another type of OS... (Maybe Windows 95... just for fun).

Can Virtual PC co-exist with other soft (VirtualBox, VMWare...) without having issues and BSODs? Wich one is better, VirtualBox or VMWare Player? Can I create new machines with this last one? Is that one free?

Thanks in advance guys.

See ya!!!

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29 Aug 2010   #2

Windows® 8 Pro (64-bit)

I have used Virtual PC (XP MODE), Virtualbox and vmware installed and working together in perfect harmony.
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29 Aug 2010   #3
Dark Nova Gamer

Windows 7 Ultimate, OS X 10.7, Ubuntu 11.04

I cannot remember exactly at this time but maybe someone else can tell you which.

Its either VirtualBox or VMWare that will let you import your XP Mode and allow you to scrap your Virtual PC. :) Personally I prefer VMWare Workstation 7.1 but that isn't free.
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29 Aug 2010   #4

Windows® 8 Pro (64-bit)

Talking about preference, I like Virtualbox.
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29 Aug 2010   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

You should be able to run them simultaneously without issues. Your only real limiter is Disk I/O.
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29 Aug 2010   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Yes, you can install all of them. VMware has the ability to directly import that XP mode image. VMWare player is my desktop virtualization software of choice.
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30 Aug 2010   #7

Linux CENTOS 7 / various Windows OS'es and servers

Hi there
Only vmware SERVER doesn't work if vmware workstation is installed otherwise you can run any virtualisation software you like.

Note however that if you DO chose multi-virtualisation software the chances are that your Virtual Machines will have different Disk Formats so they won't necessarily be compatable with each other.

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31 Aug 2010   #8

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit Build 7600 / Microsoft Windows XP Professional SP3

Perfect... then I will install VirtualBox so I can run a linux enviornment.

Thanks for your help guys, I really apreciate this

See ya!!
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31 Aug 2010   #9


I use VMware to play on Linux Mint, and full-screen works without any problems.

One thing I don't like about VMware is that if you want to install lets say Vista it bypasses the screens where you would up partitions or to format drive, even though there's nothing to format. It just jumps right into installation.

That's said VMware is easy to use and works really fast.

XP mode runs EXCELLENT on VMware Player, it can be integrated side by side with Windows 7.

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03 Dec 2012   #10

Windows 7 Pro x32

I have used all three programs but would recommend VMWare for the reliability and the ease of use. I would also recommend it because it is easy to learn, understand and supports a multitude of virtual disk formats
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