Best Software for light speed Virtualisation on Windows 7 64bits, intel i7

Any software recommendation to operate a Virtual Environment on an intel i7 2600 PC with 16GB memory, good GeForce GTX570 graphics card and Windows 64bit ?

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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
I would recommend VMware Workstation 8.0 (trials available and $199) or VMware Player 4.0 (for FREE)


VMware Player 4.0 Free Download
http://downloads.vmware.com/d/info/desktop_end_user_computing/vmware_player/4_0

VMware Server 2.0.2 Free Download (discontinued)
http://downloads.vmware.com/d/info/datacenter_downloads/vmware_server/2_0

VMware Workstation 8.0 (60 day trial, $199)
http://downloads.vmware.com/d/info/desktop_end_user_computing/vmware_workstation/8_0

Oracle Virtualbox 4.0
http://www.virtualbox.org/

Parallels Desktop 4 for Windows
http://www.parallels.com/uk/products/desktop/pd4wl/

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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
You could also use XP Mode, Virtual PC.(which can be download for Windows 7)

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-GB/windows7/products/features/windows-xp-mode

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kevinhsiehCommented:
You can get better performance by loading Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 and using Hyper-V, or use VMware vSphere Hypervisor (ESXi). They both would replace Windows 7. If you went with Windows Server you could still use it like you use Windows 7.
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kevinhsiehCommented:
You can get better performance by loading Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 and using Hyper-V, or use VMware vSphere Hypervisor (ESXi). They both would replace Windows 7. If you went with Windows Server you could still use it like you use Windows 7.
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New_AlexAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the answers

I don't think I will be going for Windows Server 2008 at the Moment,  due to the stiff learning curve.....
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kevinhsiehCommented:
Windows 2008 R2 looks just like Windows 7.
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