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Best Virtual Machine Applications

Most modern computers are powerful enough to run entire operating systems within your main operating systems, which means virtual machines are more commonplace today than ever. Here’s a  most popular virtual machine applications.

Virtual machines allow you to run one operating system emulated within another operating system. Your primary OS can be Windows 7 64-bit, for example, but with enough memory and processing power, you can run Ubuntu and Windows 8, or maybe even OS X side-by-side within it.

Here is a list of best virtual machine application:

VirtualBox (Windows/Mac/Linux, Free)


VirtualBox has cross-platform support, and a huge number of features that make running and maintaining virtual machines so simple. Virtual machine descriptions and parameters are stored entirely in plain-text XML files for easy portability and easy folder sharing. You can read about additional VirtualBox features here.

VMware (Windows/Linux, Basic: Free, Premium: $189)

VMware for desktop users comes in two primary flavors: VMware Player and VMware Workstation. VMware Player is a free solution aimed at casual users who need to create and run virtual machines but don’t need advanced enterprise-level solutions. VMware Workstation includes all the features of VMWare Player—easy virtual machine creation, hardware optimization, driver-less guest OS printing, You can read more about VMware Player here and VMware Workstation here.

QEMU (Linux, Free)

QEMU is a powerful virtualization tool for Linux machines built upon the back of the KVM system (Kernel-based Virtual Machine). QEMU executes guest code directly on the host hardware, can emulate machines across hardware types with dynamic translation, and supports auto-resizing virtual disks. Unlike nearly every emulator out there QEMU does not require admin access to run, making it a perfect candidate for building thumb-drive based portable virtual machines.

Windows Virtual PC (Windows, Free)

Windows Virtual PC exists solely to emulate other—usually earlier—versions of Windows. If you need to run an app that only works under Windows XP or test software for backwards compatibility with Vista, Windows Virtual Machine has you covered. It’s limited, true, but for people working in a strictly Windows environment it gets the job done. Virtual PC is available as Virtual PC 2004, Virtual PC 2007, and Windows Virtual PC.

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