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I'm getting a new PC (16GB RAM, i5 processor) and wondering if I need Windows 8 PRO or if HOME is sufficient.

The only feature I'd use (I think) is maybe the Windows 8 Virtualization. I read a bit about it but it's unclear whether VMWARE takes advantage of it or not.

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Windows 8 Professional has Hyper-V which indeed does use some of specific CPU features for virtualization. These features are required to even install Hyper-V, I strongly suggest if you wish to use Hyper-V built into Windows 8, you make sure your new CPU will have the required features. VMWare does not require them. The differences between Windows 8 and Windows 8 Professional are well documented so I won't repeat those differences. –  Ramhound Jun 17 '13 at 17:46
    
@Ramhound I would prefer Vmware over Hyper-V. Hyper-V has a terrible guest performance for me. The GUI of the guest is sluggish while vmware is much, much faster. –  magicandre1981 Jun 18 '13 at 8:10
    
@magicandre1981 There are lots of features that make Hyper-V your personal experience taken out of it, whats better a free virtual machine application built into the operating that allows you to boot to the virtual machine itself, or a third-party application costing $200. I assume the author must be able to create virtual machines also. –  Ramhound Jun 18 '13 at 10:28
    
@all I currently use (and have a lot of VHDs for) Vmware, so I'm planning to stick with that if possible. Does Hyper-V (free version) allow you to CREATE aditional VM's or do I need to buy something from MS for that? –  Clay Nichols Jun 18 '13 at 17:46
    
@Ramhound the VMware player is free and also let you create new VMs. But it lacks features like snapshots. Running Hyper-V and Vmware side by side doesn't work. The 2 hypervisor can't run the same time. –  magicandre1981 Jun 18 '13 at 19:05

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