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Take Windows 7 for a spin with VirtualBox

Feb 20, 2009, 18:31 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols)

[ Thanks to Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols for this link. ]

"I found Windows 7 to run quite well as a VM under both MEPIS Linux and Windows XP SP3. As far as I'm concerned, the Windows 7 beta actually runs better than Vista SP1.

"You should be aware, though, of some fundamental differences between running an operating system in a VM and running it natively. The most common problem is the inability to use the higher performance features of graphics, audio or network cards. That's because, like most virtualization software, VirtualBox provides the guest operating system with a virtual VESA-compatible graphics card, a virtual Intel ICH AC '97 audio and several virtual network cards. In short, your virtual Windows 7 can't use your high-end graphics card or what-have-you because only the host system has access to it, not the guest operating system, which must use virtual drivers instead."

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