Best virtual environment for testing/playing?

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by Kris, Sep 16, 2008.

  1. Kris

    Kris Guest

    Thinking about windows 7

    what would be the best environment to test this out in? (while keeping my
    Vista Ult 32bit OEM SP1.....)
    Virtual PC?
    Virtual Box?
    Virtual Machine?
    What???

    never done this before.

    Thanks!
     
    Kris, Sep 16, 2008
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    DDW Guest

    Add another hard drive and install the new system on that using a
    dual-boot setup. Dual boot isn't the only option for that setup, but
    it's probably the easiest.

    Or - if you have a tower system with external bays, buy two drive
    caddys (about $30 each), install your current drive in one and the new
    drive in another and install the new system on the second drive while
    the first is powered off/disconnected.

    DDW
     
    DDW, Sep 16, 2008
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    Malke Guest

    Personally, I like VMware best. But just go ahead and try Virtual PC and
    Virtual Box so you can decide for yourself. They are free.

    Malke
     
    Malke, Sep 16, 2008
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  4. Testing a new operating system as a virtual machine is not a valid test as
    you are deprived of seeing how it interacts with your physical hardware.
     
    Richard Urban, Sep 16, 2008
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  5. It's going to be a long time before anybody wants to do that sort of
    'testing' with Windows 7.

    ss.
     
    Synapse Syndrome, Sep 16, 2008
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  6. Using a virtual machine will be a lot less hassle, with such an early beta.

    ss.
     
    Synapse Syndrome, Sep 16, 2008
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  7. Kris

    Kris Guest

    agreed. Also, I had to completely re install Vista to get rid of my dual
    boot with XP, even after many posts here about what "should" do it. Never
    again!
     
    Kris, Sep 16, 2008
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  8. Kris

    Kris Guest

    Thanks, Malke!
     
    Kris, Sep 16, 2008
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  9. Kris

    Kris Guest

    When they come out with RC1, I'll consider installing it in physical! :eek:)
     
    Kris, Sep 16, 2008
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  10. Kris

    Kris Guest

    agreed. Though maybe sooner than we think - wouldn't that be fantastic? a
    new toy to play with!!!!!!!!!!!!! YAY!!! (though I am having no probs
    with Vista, I'm bored!)( but I found a supposed beta build on torrent so
    thought a virtual machine would be the perfect place to play with it and
    cut my teeth on virtual stuff.)
     
    Kris, Sep 16, 2008
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    pweegar Guest

    pweegar, Sep 16, 2008
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  12. Kris

    Kris Guest

    Kris, Sep 17, 2008
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  13. Kris

    Not Even Me Guest

    at this point, it isn't even Beta, until it is releases to testers, it is
    Alpha (usually internal only).
     
    Not Even Me, Sep 17, 2008
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  14. Ah ok, you can be pedantic. I knew that, and only realised just after I
    sent it.

    ss.
     
    Synapse Syndrome, Sep 17, 2008
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  15. Kris

    Kris Guest

    not only alpha, but 1 year old alpha. I did download it, but I will not
    spend more time with it.
     
    Kris, Sep 17, 2008
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