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Virtual PC Guide

Mar 25, 2010, 16:03 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Serdar Yegulalp)

[ Thanks to James Maguire for this link. ]

"A virtual PC, or a PC with desktop virtualization software, is an end-user implementation of virtual computing where a desktop application (rather than a server) is used to emulate a PC. The emphasis is on direct interaction with the virtualized machine as if it were a local PC, rather than simply emulating computing power to use server-based apps.

"irtual PC Practical Applications

"Some of the common users for virtual PC software include:

"Software testing / sandboxing

"A user may want to try out a piece of software in an isolated fashion, to ensure that production systems or data aren't compromised. Once, this might have involved setting up a whole separate physical machine to do the testing, or creating a separate instance of an OS on the same machine (accessed via a dual-boot).

"In contrast, a virtual PC machine can run software—a single program, an entire OS, both—in isolation, so that any activity is confined to the virtual PC itself."

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