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Windows 7: Beginner question: Virtual instead of dual boot?

05 Mar 2010   #11
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

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Dual booting is faster too. Virtual machines are a bit slower due to the software needed to run them.
Guess it depends upon the host machine. My experience is that virtual machines in VMWare or Sun VirtualBox often run circles around physical counterparts. On my machine at work, I can reboot a Windows Server 2003 VM in 11 seconds. It takes the same physical machine more time than that simply to get through the post...before it could even start to boot the secondary OS on the dual boot system.


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10 Mar 2010   #12
antharr

Windows 7 64x
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Zen00 View Post
Dual booting is faster too. Virtual machines are a bit slower due to the software needed to run them.
Guess it depends upon the host machine. My experience is that virtual machines in VMWare or Sun VirtualBox often run circles around physical counterparts. On my machine at work, I can reboot a Windows Server 2003 VM in 11 seconds. It takes the same physical machine more time than that simply to get through the post...before it could even start to boot the secondary OS on the dual boot system.
I agree with you on this one. My XP runs like a champ in VirtualBox and boots up in no time.

I also love the snapshot option. It's like system restore on steroids.
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