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    Minimum spec to run Virtual machines?

    Hello to all .
    I have read many comments on Hotukdeals regarding laptops and wanted to know what the minimum spec is to run Virtual machines (either VMware or M/S version) --I wanted to have XP as my primary O/S and then have Ubuntu and Backtrack as Virtual machines....only have about 200 quid to spend .
    TIA

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    Well you cant run Microsoft's Virtual PC on any "home" versions of Windows, it has to be the Business, Professional (or Ultimate I guess) versions.

    I have ubuntu as the host OS on an atom powered miniITX with 1gb ram and can run XP in a virtual machine using VirtualBox. I've tried this on a Dell mini 9 and it just can't cope even though the cpu and memory are the same.

    Original Poster

    Thanks guys

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    How the hell do you get WinXP running in Virtual Machine, I haven't a clue what I'm doing. Vista Ultimate by the way

    guilbert53;6202239

    Well you cant run Microsoft's Virtual PC on any "home" versions of … Well you cant run Microsoft's Virtual PC on any "home" versions of Windows, it has to be the Business, Professional (or Ultimate I guess) versions.



    Virtual PC runs does run on Home versions of Windows!

    For the OP, a CPU with virualization will aid virtual machines since privileged instructions can be handled by the hardware and memory allocation is handle by hardware too.

    VMWare is much more feature rich than Virtual PC. It supports pass through of USB devices but it is easier to remove changes from a session in Virtual PC.

    The recommended specification for running a virtual machine is surprisingly low if the CPU supports virtualisation and as mentioned an Atom based netbook is capable of running a virtual machine but you will find the experience much smoother with more RAM.

    lumoruk;6242905

    How the hell do you get WinXP running in Virtual Machine, I haven't a … How the hell do you get WinXP running in Virtual Machine, I haven't a clue what I'm doing. Vista Ultimate by the way



    You set the virtual machine to capture your optical drive, turn on the virtual machine, go to its BIOS and select the option to boot from the captured optical drives.

    VMWare gets my vote, have it installed here.

    abomination;6242963

    VMWare gets my vote, have it installed here.



    Absolutely no doubt but Virtual PC is free.

    So is VMWare Server.

    abomination;6242998

    So is VMWare Server.



    Just checked and it is!

    By the way, certain flavours of Linux will not run well on Virtual PC.

    Original Poster

    I can run Virtual ware on my lowly P4 machine , but when it comes to installing XP or any Linux distro (Ubuntu for example) , I get so far then the BIOS hangs ....

    [FONT=Verdana]On an old Compaq server (2 x Pentium 4 CPUs) I've managed to use Sun's VirtualBox software to run a virtual Windows NT 4 Domain Controller for a client's site, where the previous physical server had failed and the other hardware onsite didn't have the relevant NT 4 device driver support...what a pain it took to get it working!

    VirtualBox
    virtualbox.org/

    Edit - It's free of charge as well.

    Cheers, Scotty Boy! :thumbsup:[/FONT]

    [FONT=Verdana]If you opt for purchasing VMware Workstation then there is a discount code that knocks off forty percent off the price - the code is DESKTOPSALE and listed below is a link which details the option behind this (it does work for the UK).

    VMware Workstation On Sale Too…40% OFF !!! | ESX Virtualization
    vladan.fr/vmw…oo/

    I haven't tested it out since yesterday but should still be valid.

    Cheers, Scotty Boy! :thumbsup:




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