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Hey people,

like I said, I'm searching a good virtual machine, that doesn't blow my system up (e.g. by installing several system services or putting unneccessary trash in my autostart). I just want to emulate Windows XP Service Pack 2. Of course I already heard of VMware and VirtualPC, but which one's better, or is there an even better one?

Thanks a lot in advance.

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My opinion... VMWare :)

Depending on what your guest VM is going to be, or how many you plan on running at the same time, it helps to have that extra bit of memory but you can always get by on a couple of GIG's. If you are using a new chipset that supports Intels Virtual Machine Technology it helps run everything really nicely. Also VMWare Workstation works fine under Vista x64...

Ted.

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Ok, thanks Ted. I'm planning to run Windows XP x86 on that VM (only one instance, should be enough ^^), since on Windows XP x64 I'm having problems with ImpRec (see thread about that ImpRec bug by Fungus).

I just googled for VMware Workstation, it seems to be an evaluation version. Wasn't there a free edition, some kind of VM player available?

/edit: Yes, found it, it's called VMware Player (as mentioned above, duh)... but it weights over 170 MB, have to ask a friend to download it. :D

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I think vmware should be better.

I've only used VirtulPC for mac, cause we only had macs in school, and they couldn't do nothing so I had not choice but to install windows on em. lol :P

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VMWare Server edition is free but the drivers are still 32bit and as such it is incompatible with x64 OS's. The Player version will only play VM that have already been setup so you will not be able to create a new machine if you ever wanted to do so at a later date...

Ted.

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Well there is that, playing with the settings of the vmdk. You can also play around with the vmdk file to enable things such as Direct3D if you want to run some of those older games... :)

Ted.

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Ok, thanks for the help at all... About building the virtual machine, isn't that VMX Builder able to do this job? Just found an older CD with VMware Player and that Builder, will play around with that a bit... :D

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I just downloaded VMWare Workstation, sort of the commercial version. However, it seems to be updated more frequently and I guess it doesn't cost 190 bucks for no reason.

I [found a keygen] bought it right away but I'm still struggling to get it set up properly.

Anyway, I was just wondering what the real difference is, apart from the price :)

Besides, it's pretty big, ~ twice as much as Server, dunno about the newest version though, might have changed...

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Anyway, I was just wondering what the real difference is, apart from the price :)

Saves me typing out what this man already said:

http://kontrawize.blogs.com/kontrawize/200...e_server_v.html

Also a nice comparison chart, it may be slightly out of date but you'll get the general idea:

http://www.virtualization.info/lab/VMwareW...VMwareSVR10.pdf

I like the workstation version simply because I can take snapshots and if I ruin one VM it takes only a few clicks to have a brand new fresh system to work in. Plus it all works a treat on my Quad core :rolleyes:

If you can afford it it is actually worth buying it just to keep on supporting development, it is a great piece of software...

Ted.

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Has the "normal" VMware Player also the possibility to re-create the system? For example, if some malicious app kills my Windows (inside the VM, of course), then there are some tools which reset the VM-Windows to a previous state.

Is such a tool available for that VMware Player or just in the Workstation? I know there are such tools for a normal Windows installation (like people use them in internet caf

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