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Microsoft Virtual PC Alternative

Julian Matz
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I had Virtual PC 2007 installed on my last computer. Was happy enough with it. Now, I wanted to install it on my Windows 7 HP machine, and found out that some things have changed since I last used the product. Seems that I can't run it on Home Premium (Thanks Micro$oft!).

I'm now looking for alternatives. Any recommondations? My goal right now is to have an Ubuntu installation running on my workstation without having to boot between Ubuntu and Windows 7.
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Some good alternatives:

VMware Player:  http://www.vmware.com/products/player/

Virtual Box:  http://www.virtualbox.org/

VMware Workstation:  http://www.vmware.com/products/workstation/

Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process Advisor
Most Valuable Expert 2013
Commented:
An obvious alternative - Upgrade to Windows 7 Pro.  
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VirtualBox is one option:  http://www.virtualbox.org/
VMWare Player is another:  https://www.vmware.com/tryvmware/?p=player&lp=1
VMWare Server is another:  http://downloads.vmware.com/d/info/datacenter_downloads/vmware_server/2_0
Parallels for Windows is yet another:  http://www.parallels.com/products/upgrade-to-windows-7/

VirtualBox and the VMWare products are free, Parallels may be free to try, but will cost you around $40.
Have a look at Virtualbox

http://www.virtualbox.org/
Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process Advisor
Most Valuable Expert 2013

Commented:
VMWare Server is not for Workstations.  If you read it's documentation it cannot be used on a workstation.  It may be a licensing violation to do so otherwise.
Julian MatzTechnical Support
Top Expert 2005

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Thanks guys, will check them out.

>> An obvious alternative - Upgrade to Windows 7 Pro

I haven't yet worked out all of the benefits of Pro over HP, but definitely not worth the hassle and/or money just to get Windows Virtual PC, especially if there are alternatives. Or do you think Windows Virtual PC is THAT good??
Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process Advisor
Most Valuable Expert 2013

Commented:
For a features comparison, you can check out this:
http://www.winsupersite.com/win7/win7_skus_compare.asp

One of the nice things about XPMode (which is available with Pro) is that it integrates applications installed in XP mode on the Windows 7 start menu.  It also supports (to some extent - I haven't test) USB devices, which 2007 doesn't.  And the upgrade cost is $90 - VMWare Workstation is FAR more expensive.  Also, you would have RDP capability.  I find this indispensable.... but maybe you wouldn't.
Just to point out: Windows XP Mode requires that your CPU support hardware virtulization. Some manufacturers disable this on purpose. Make sure that your CPU supports this and you can enable it if need be. Windows XP Mode is useless for you if you want Ubuntu on your virtual machine. I would highly recommend virtual box.
Julian MatzTechnical Support
Top Expert 2005

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Commented:
VirtualBox is what I chose. I like it, seems to work very well. Thanks!
Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process Advisor
Most Valuable Expert 2013

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Just to point out, sirocco87 is incorrect.  XP Mode DOES NOT require hardware virtualization.  It DID, but microsoft removed that requirement with a patch.