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Use a virtual machine -- it's free!

By Phantasm66 ยท 107 replies
May 3, 2007
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  1. sebmills25

    sebmills25 TS Rookie

    Well thats makes sense. Virtual all the way!

    Cheers. I will use it for my home use. As i find myself reformatting more and more as i seem to test software and it makes my OS 'messy'.

    But the server use was what interested the most and the points you put accross were very good. Thanks.
  2. kiyhkuj

    kiyhkuj TS Rookie Posts: 85

    there's one question everybody forgot to ask: how do u remove it in case u've had enough???
  3. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 5,837   +6

    Usually you do the totally radical and unthinkable thing: go to add-remove programs and choose to uninstall.
  4. RNDude

    RNDude TS Rookie

    OEM OS Can't be virtualized?

    My XP came pre-installed on my PC, as do so many. In order to have a vurtualized XP machine, must I go out and buy a full new-install version of Windows?

    Short of doing that, do I have any other options besides maybe a virtualized Linux installaton under Windows?

    Very interesting stuff. Thanks, guys.
  5. kiyhkuj

    kiyhkuj TS Rookie Posts: 85

    in that case forgive me for my totally and ridiculous question!
  6. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 5,837   +6

    Yes, you are allowed to have only one installed copy of your XP.

    I suppose you could do what I did - install Linux as the main OS and put the XP in the virtual machine.
  7. da_head

    da_head TS Enthusiast Posts: 70

    sorry if this was answered already, but how much will this slow your computer down by? is there a certain minimum requirements or something?
  8. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 10,432   +801

    Good information there!

    For windows, this means running your VM as a GUEST user.
    Create a "RunAs" short-cut in Windows XP that saves the User password

    * Create a normal Short-Cut to openvpn-gui.exe (c:\program files\openvpn\bin\openvpn-gui.exe) on the desktop.
    (or whichever VM product you've installed)
    * Right-click the short-cut and select Properties.
    * In the Target box, insert the following before the path to openvpn-gui.exe: "runas /savecred /user:guest ".
    * Double-click the new short-cut, and enter the guest password.

    Next time you run this short-cut, it will start OpenVPN GUI as guest automatically without prompting you for any credentials.
    If you want OpenVPN-GUI to auto-start when you logon, move this short-cut to your "Startup" folder
    on the Start->Programs menu.​

    edit: ( using WinXP Home? you can't use the /savecred switch with runas.exe as it is ignored )
  9. Pazuzu

    Pazuzu TS Booster Posts: 211

    Minimum Spec for Virtual Machine

    Just wondering what sort of minimum spec is required to run a VM ?

    This is just wishful thinking on my five year old PC but traffic permitting I might be on the road to self employment so I am dreaming of dual core with sufficient RAM

    Not very enthusiastic at the thought of having to have a linux as the primary OS. I make a big enough mess with XP home.
  10. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 5,837   +6

    It depends on what virtualisation software you are going to use. All of them have their hardware requirements listed on the homepages.

    And of course, you have to consider the amount of resources your guest OS needs. If you are going to put Vista inside a VM, then the host machine has to be top of the line while you can run virtual DOS with any old junk as long as the virtualisation program itself can run.
  11. Obi-Wan Jerkobi

    Obi-Wan Jerkobi TS Maniac Posts: 502

    Is there any way possible to install Ubuntu on the VM in windows xp? Because I don't have any more licences. Do you know any other VM program that can do that if I cant?
  12. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,499   +2,295

    I Bees Confoozed....

    Obi-Wan buddy, you lost me with that one. Why would you need a virtual machine or another license to run Ubuntu?
  13. Obi-Wan Jerkobi

    Obi-Wan Jerkobi TS Maniac Posts: 502

    Well, I already installed Ubuntu on the VM (Decided to try it out) so I don't need help anymore. Sry. :p
  14. Richardw9

    Richardw9 TS Rookie Posts: 127

    Would it not be allot slower when using the virtual pc?
  15. hynesy

    hynesy TS Maniac Posts: 389

    You would only use the virtual machine to test suspect files, or newly downloaded files for viruses, you wouldn't run all your daily chores through the virtual machine.
  16. gordonheavyfoot

    gordonheavyfoot TS Rookie

    VMWARE Questions...

    Wow this is an old post...hopefully someone can still help...

    Ok, I have a PC which is strictly for music use. The question is: Can I use this software to create a Virtual Machine using my music computer?

    Can I unplug the VM when I am not using it?

    From the posts it is clear that this would help greatly, but what potential risks (i.e. viruses, registry changes, malware, spy ware, etc...) would I still face with regards to infecting my tangible unit?

    Lastly, Would the BIOS of my VM reflect everything my tangible unit includes?

    If so, Could programs on my tangible unit, be hidden/ deleted from the VM BIOS?

    Thank-you in advance-GO RANGERS!
  17. Pazuzu

    Pazuzu TS Booster Posts: 211

    Musicians PC & Virtual Machine

    Just a thought. If you have not yet resolved your query, gordonheavyfoot , perhaps you might have more response if you started a new thread?
  18. dangermouz

    dangermouz TS Rookie

    Once this is downloaded and installed, how do you run the virtual machine? Do you need to install windows and everything you want to run on the machine after its installed, etc?

    EDIT: I click on the vmware shortcut on my desktop and it opens my web browser with the port in the address bar but it says "Unable to connect".

    I honestly have no idea what to do lol
  19. Lanarkshire IT

    Lanarkshire IT TS Rookie Posts: 46

    hi all

    I use virtual machines for OS deployment, update testing, software testing, OS trials and testing etc etc

    a Windows Server 2003 VM with Windows Deployment Services configured is an excellent way to reinstall operating systems over a LAN cable without user input

    so if anyone needs helps on setting up a VM give me a shout
  20. Daproblemis

    Daproblemis TS Rookie Posts: 46


    is it Vista compatabile?
  21. ChrisDown

    ChrisDown TS Rookie Posts: 125

    As an aside, you guys might want to look into sandboxing within your primary OS. You don't need a VM to sandbox a web browser, or any other application. Sandboxie is a neat little app that can do this.
  22. Corwin613

    Corwin613 TS Enthusiast Posts: 93

    VMWare can be used to install any OS used it in one of my classes in college to teach us how to install/use older OS's
  23. CapnYousef

    CapnYousef TS Rookie Posts: 38

    I've always just used VirtualPC, but I'm just too cool sometimes.

    VMWare is pretty high level stuff compared to VPC, imo... too many buttons O_O
  24. collin369

    collin369 TS Rookie Posts: 40

    will vmware install on a 1gb flash drive and if i put it on the flash drive will it be portable? would it run slow if i put it on a 1gb flash drive?
  25. WinXPert

    WinXPert TS Guru Posts: 445

    One good use of virtualization is trying out a slipstreamed CD before burning to see if it works or trying out a linux distro on top of windows. DSL works well on a VM.

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