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I want to run Windows 7 and Linux at the same time in VMWare for different tasks.

Is there a solution to this?

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Err, yes, VMWare actually is the solution to this problem. We quite often run VMs side by side. Other than memory requirements (I think VMWare allocates the memory in advance for a VM and that becomes unavailable elsewhere), we've had very little trouble doing just that.

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@paxdiablo,do I need two vmware instances to run two OS,or just one instance ? –  mysql_go Apr 21 '11 at 14:17
@mysql_go: you need two if you want to run them concurrently. You can dual boot in one but I don't think that's what you're looking for. –  paxdiablo Apr 21 '11 at 14:18
@paxdiablo ,do you mean that if only one vmware instance,I need to close win7 before running linux by dual boot? –  mysql_go Apr 21 '11 at 14:24
@mysql_go: think of a VMWare instance just like a physical machine. You cannot run Linux and Windows concurrently on a physical machine (well, not without VMWare :-) ), so you can't do it in a VM either. Just create two distinct VMs, one for Linux, one for Windows. Then you can run them separately or concurrently as often as you want. –  paxdiablo Apr 21 '11 at 14:26
@mysql_go: no, snapshots belong to an instance, they are preserved across invocations of that instance. –  paxdiablo Apr 21 '11 at 14:34

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