How To Use Virtual Pc
A tech journalist and presenter goes through an introduction of a Virtual PC and how to run it. Virtual PC is where you can run several copies of Windows on one machine at the same time, in separate windows. It is used by large corporations to save money and can also be used by people just to try out different versions of operating systems.
So, what is Virtual PC? Well, just imagine, being able to run several copies of Windows on one machine at the same time, each in their own window. It's pretty mindboggling, isn't it? But that's what tools like Microsoft Virtual PC and VMWare and Virtualbox allow you to do. They allow you to run several different instances of a computer system on one physical computer at the same time.
Now, many large corporations use this and the technology is known a virtualization and it means that they can run lots of computers on smaller numbers of hardware saving them money and also saving them a lot of power as well. But as desktop users with PC's and Macs and laptops and so on, we can also use this technology. Now, we might want to do that just so that we can try out a different version of Windows or Linux or a different operating system.
Or also, so we can run a program that doesn't run on our particular version of Windows. So, let's give it a go. What you're going to need, obviously, is a computer, and also, a copy of Microsoft Virtual PC, which you can download from the Microsoft website.
And then finally, you'll need an installation disk to install the operating system that you're wanting to run. So, after you've downloaded Microsoft Virtual PC, you want to open it up and then you get what's known as the Virtual PC console. So, here I've already got two virtual PC's, already running, already saved on my computer.
So, just to illustrate this, I'm going to start this, what is Desktop here as I've called it, that's just loading up right now. And at the same time, I'm just going to start running this Base XP Pro. And you see here, this looks like its a whole new computer that's just starting.
Here you go. So it's a copy of Windows XP booting up there on my computer that's already running Windows XP. And here, there's another computer running as well.
Now, you can have as many of these virtual instances of your operating system running at the same time as your computer can handle. And it's very easy to install a new one as well. Just go back to your console, click on new and there's a wizard that takes you through.
It asks you what operating system you want to install, how much memory and processing you want to give to it. So, that's really all there is to it. One thing I should add is that Microsoft Virtual PC is free, but you do need to pay for the operating systems that you install on it.
Things like Linux and so on are, of course, free of charge as well, but if you are installing copies of Windows on there, then you really should be paying the license fee for that. So that's it. It's as simple as that.
Have fun running Microsoft Virtual PC. A tech journalist and presenter goes through an introduction of a Virtual PC and how to run it. Virtual PC is where you can run several copies of Windows on one machine at the same time, in separate windows.
It is used by large corporations to save money and can also be used by people just to try out different versions of operating systems. .