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PC World: Create Two Virtual PCs Out of One [with VMware]

Sep 10, 1999, 02:06 (11 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stan Miastkowski)


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"...VMware for Windows NT and Windows 2000. ...available as a 3MB download ...lets you run multiple operating systems at the same time 'on top' of Windows NT or Windows 2000. The utility runs the operating systems in what the company calls virtual machines, switching between them without the need to restart your PC."

"For the next 30 days, the home/educational version is available for $75, and the corporate version is available for $199. The prices will then go up to $99 and $299, respectively. VMware also offers a free 30-day evaluation version, and the company also sells VMware for Linux, which allows multiple operating systems to run concurrently on top of Linux."

"...most major applications run without problems in their respective virtual machines, although many games aren't supported. ...'major known issues and limitations' with VMware... detailed on the VMware Web site. ...include slow floppy performance, non-support of LS-120 SuperDisks, and problems with AMD K6 and Cyrix processors. In addition, virtual machines cannot play audio CDs, and CD-R and CD-RW drives can only be used for reading discs."

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