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I want to test multiple Operating Systems on one PC. Which one of these is better for virtualization of multiple OSs?

  1. VirtualPC
  2. Windows 7
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Why is this tagged osx ? Do you want virtualization solutions for a Mac OS X host (e.g. VMware Fusion, Parallels, etc) ? –  Paul R Jul 26 '10 at 7:23
    
It depends on what OS you're running the VM from, what type of VM you want to run (hypervisor vs paravirtualization), and whether you want a system that is easier to use or has better performance. –  Evan Plaice Jul 29 '10 at 10:32
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My understanding is that the Windows 7 built-in virtualisation is primarily for allowing older, incompatible Windows applications to run under later versions seamlessly.

If you want virtualisation of multiple OS' (where multiple doesn't just mean Microsoft SomethingOrOther), I'd be looking at a product more targeted as that.

I actually prefer VMWare Player but any of them should be good enough:

  • VMWare.
  • Virtual PC.
  • VirtualBox.
  • QEmu.
  • Bochs.
  • even DosBox if you're emulating really old operating systems.

That's also my order of preference if you're interested. You're probably not, and it's a matter of taste anyway so feel free to ignore.

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Since this is in OS X, I'm assuming you want something that runs ON OS X. I'd recommend Virtualbox. It's free and works well.

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I find my battery doesn't last too well on Macbook Pro; but it is free and easy to use. Note that upgrading to newer versions of VirtualBox can cause Vista guest OS's to think they're no longer genuine! –  JLWarlow Jul 26 '10 at 14:22
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If you want to try out OS X in a virtual machine on your Windows 7 PC: stop thinking about it. There ARE ways to accomplish this, but none of them are legal.

If you are still interested you should stick to Virtual Box and google around a bit =)

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