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Windows 7: Why do you use a virtual machine?

06 May 2009   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64.
Why do you use a virtual machine?

As the title suggests I would like to know for what purposes do you use a virtual machine. Is it for performance issues or compatibility or do you do it because you can? I have never used it myself as I have never had the need to so don't really know what it's all about, but I cant get my head around why you would not want to just run things off the operating system you have. I'm fortunate in that all the games and software I use have no problems running on x64 windows 7 so xp mode wont be installed on my machine.

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06 May 2009   #2

Windows 7 RC

Personally, I use it for 2 reasons:

1. Applications that require XP

For example, at the moment I have an XP VM for testing an SSL VPN connection, that does not work on 7, so I can still connect to a corporate network.

2. Server testing

I run a few 2003 servers, for testing server stuff. This works well on Windows Virtual PC (better than VPC2007 did on the the Beta).
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06 May 2009   #3

WIN 7 Ultimate 7127 RC

Mitchell on Demand 2005 does not work on Win7 correctly... it works, but not 100%..

I have not tried MasterCam X2 yet on Win7, but I hear it does not work, so I am perpared with my XP VM to use it.
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06 May 2009   #4

Main OS: Windows 7 64 bit, Secondary: Vista 32 bit

well i wanted to try it out but apparantly Sony doesnt want its Vaio customers doing so...
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06 May 2009   #5

Vista Ult 64 bit Seven Ult RTM x64

To play around with server 2008 and also comes in handy if I'm over at Vista forums as I can have Vista running in a VM and not lose use of W7 for other things.

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08 May 2009   #6

Windows 7 Pro x64

So far, I've used mine for Exchange 2007 Management Tools and the 2003 Server Admin Tools Pack.
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08 May 2009   #7

Windows 7 7100

Just because I can :)
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23 May 2009   #8


i will run windows 2008 web server in virtual mode
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23 May 2009   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit

For me i'm running windows XP with windows 7 in a virtual machine. Its because I didn't know if I would like windows 7 or not so I didn't want to commit my PC to it. This way if something goes wrong it goes wrong inside the virtual PC, it doesn't leave. And if I want to delete 7 I can easily enough. Now that I've used it for a while I'm seriously thinking about going and buying a new machine, likely a cheap laptop to use seven on. Until 7 comes out and is available in a more permanent solution I wont be committing my current machine to 7.
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25 May 2009   #10

Windows 7 Ult x64(x2), HomePrem x32(x4), Server 08 (+VM), 08 R2 (VM) , SuSe 11.2 (VM), XP 32 (VM)

for honeypoting!...:)
that and testing different OS's on it.. (VPC still has a longs ways to go in the matter of features)
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