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Need advice on how to set up a virtual os

Discussion in 'Virtual Computing' started by tysfoot, Dec 30, 2008.

  1. tysfoot

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    Hi,

    Im currently studying for my A+ and i want to set up a virtual machine on my Vista laptop. I been reading though a few posts but not totall clear of how to go about this.

    Basically all i want to do is to play around the the XP and 2000 interface so i can get to grips with my A+

    Can i set up a vitual os (xp) on my computer without disrupting anything on my current version of my os

    Is it free, if so which are the best sites to visit
     
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  2. greenbrucelee
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    I run virtual pc on my computer.

    It doesn't affect your real setting at all but if you have a low spec machine then you could struggle especially if you have a virtual network as I do.

    Virtual pc is free and there is a free version of vmware too.

    All you do is install it on your pc, create a virtual pc using the options then you install xp, 2000 or whatever onto the the virtual machine.

    I crrently have win2k3, and two vpc's running xp. Technically you have to install proper versions of the os you want to be virtual, so you can visit technet and download 180 day trials of xp and win2k3 from there or if if you have the MS press books you can use the free trials that come with them.
     
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  3. tysfoot

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    So if you take the free trials you get all of the features aswell
     
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  4. greenbrucelee
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    Yep the trials of the OSs are full versions valid for 180 days. The free versions of vmware and virtual pc are free forever.
     
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  5. tysfoot

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    Microsoft Virtual PC 2007 SP1 doesnt support vista and VMware is being really slow.

    What others do you recocommend on the Vista os that are free or offer long free trials
     
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  6. ThomasMc

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    It does work though.

    There may be some reduced functionality but I'm not sure what it is
     

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  9. tysfoot

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    ive just installed the VMware workstation but i cant find out how to install or add different operating systems


    Do you need the actual operating system disks to do this ?
     
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  11. Sparky
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    Yes, or download a trial.
     
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  12. tysfoot

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    ahhh, i didnt realise you need the actual operating systems seperate for this to work, i thought the vmware had all the different operating systems built into it.

    where do you get the free trial os from

    i want xp professional and windows 2000
     
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  13. Miro

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    I prefer VirtualBox. It is free and support all OS System, includibng Vista and Linux OS.
    I run on it XP, Ubuntu and Vista.
    Virtual PC by Microsoft is not good for me. It does not support many OS and It is much less functional than VirtualBox.
    Try it and you will see.
     
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    where do you get the free trial os from and how do yu install them onto the vmware
     
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    With virtual PC on there site is th option to download vhds, which is what you need.

    For OS software to install on VMware, your best bet is to buy an MSPress book, as they come with trial software, or sign up with microsoft to receive trial software, i did this years ago so cant provide a link sorry, im sure someone else will.
     
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    Ive been googleing how to download trial operating systems suck as windows me, 95, 98 and 2000 but cant find anything.

    does anyone have a link to download
     
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    As they are no longer sold by Microsoft, they're no longer offered by Microsoft, and you cannot legally download them from elsewhere. If you cannot find a trial copy in an old Microsoft Press book, then you're out of luck.
     
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    :( thats a bit annoying no wonder i couldnt find anything.

    so there are no websites to download any os to play around on
     
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  19. BosonMichael
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    Not legitimate, legal ones, no. This is why many of us have a TechNet Direct subscription... to give us access to full versions of Microsoft's products.
     
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    how much does the TechNet subscription cost and doe anyone have any links to download from this website as i cant see where to download anything
     
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