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Microsoft Virtual PC 2007

Virtual PC

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Microsoft's Virtual PC allows you to create virtual computers on your own Windows desktop. Each of these computers has all the hardware of a physical computer, enabling you to run each virtual PC as if it run on a dedicated machine. Virtual PC lets you run many operating systems at once on a single computer.

Virtual PC is an ideal tool if you need to use it for technical support, training or running multiple operating systems on one computer. The main program window and virtual machine console use a simple and user friendly GUI, making it easy to use. Better still, the program won't overuse your processor and leaves a very small memory footprint. You can even have a different IP address for each of your virtual machines.

You'll more than likely be surprised at the minimal GUI window and the mere handful of options when you first open Microsoft's Virtual PC application. But its strength is in its simplicity, which makes creating a virtual machine fast and easy. It even supports virtual floppy disks in the machines you create and does all its work without impairing the host machine's efficiency or performance. A wizard will take you step by step through the creation procedure so it's pretty hard to make any mistakes.

Virtual PC also has virtual machines already prepared if you want to make use of them. You can install guest operating systems to see how they run before putting them on your own hard drive or run different systems on each of the machines. This is very useful for diagnostics and troubleshooting and a real advantage to IT personnel.

Open source Virtual PC alternatives

Cooperative Linux 0.7
Available for: windows mac linux unix java
coLinux is an extremely interesting new approach to virtualization allowing you to run Linux parallel to your Windows platform. coLinux approaches the experimenting Linux novice - who does not... Read more
VirtualBox 3.0
Available for: windows mac linux unix java
Originally a commercial product VirtualBox is now also available in an open source edition. The open source version is, however, always a version behind the commercial version and thus lacks some... Read more
Available for: windows mac linux unix java
Xen is state-of-the-art virtualization on the PC - and it is even open source. With a high performance mainly due to it's architecture with the hypervisor and it's support for hardware virtualization... Read more
Available for: windows mac linux unix java
OpenVZ is a great alternative to standard virtualization offerings on the market, that unlike most other products only offers operating system level virtualization - and only on Linux. However, this... Read more

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