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    Question Microsoft Virtual PC vs. Virtual Box

    This is more of a question of curiosity more than a problem .

    I went and downloaded the following :
    Microsoft Virtual PC 2007
    Sun Systems Virtual Box
    Linux Fedora and Unbuntu iso files

    Keep in mind I am running Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit and am just looking for something to use as a sand box because sanboxie does not support 64bit systems and I cannot install it .

    I started with MS Virtual PC because the tutorial made it seem easier to use but once I installed it and tried to run either of the OS's I downloaded it told me me host operating system did not support running either one of the OS's I downloaded .



    I ten installed Virtual Box , set it up and vualla ! it runs both OS's no problem no questions asked !
    I think I can use either OS as a sandbox .

    My question is why will virtual pc not run the OS's but yet virtual box will ?
    Second , is this a good idea to use as a sand box ?

    Thanks for your answers in advance

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    Windows VPC will run Linux distros BUT isn't recommended for it since peripheral devices like mouse etc. are a hassle.

    Virtual Box is pretty good if you'll be installing Linux.

    If you're gonna install Windows in a virtual environment then VPC is the best solution because of the integration with devices and the host machine.

    So in short:

    If you're gonna install Windows in a virtual environment -> Virtual PC
    Linux distros -> Virtual Box

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    I used both, in fact I published a tutorial about them ( http://forum.thewindowsclub.com/wind...partition.html ). I had Windows7 RC and Ubuntu running on them (with a Vista 32bit host). I find Virtual Box much better. Had all kinds of problems with Virtual PC and finally gave up on it.
    And yes, it is a good way to isolate your system. If anything happens, you just delete the 2 vBox files and make a new one.

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    Thanks for the help and replies guys but just one more question ......

    A friend of mine said that VMWare is the way to go if your going to set up a virtual enviornment , he said it takes all the guess work out of setting up a virtual machine , he is running VMWare Workstation and said in just a couple of clicks he has his virtual enviornment up and running , as I do not live close enough to just go and see for myself I thought I would just ask here , is this true ?
    If it is , I know VMWare is kind of pricey but what it could potentially save you in the long run would be priceless.

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    hmm... well VMWare is more targeted towards large scale implementation, in businesses, hence the price. And from what I gather that's not your requirement. You should be good with Virtual Box. I wouldn't suggest you spending the money.

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    I think VM Ware is an overkill for us "home users". Virtual Box has done everything I ever wanted to do in a virtual partition - and it is so easy to set-up (see my tutorial linked above).
    Just another thought. If you want to have a safe environment for browsing the web, you could use "Fedora on a stick" ( Fedora 9 Puts Your Desktop on a USB Drive - Feature - Lifehacker ). That is 100% safe. You just change the boot sequence in the BIOS and boot into Fedora from a USB stick. When you are done and the session is over you just log-off and all traces are gone. It uses Firefox as a browser and you can import your bookmarks. The only little disadvantage is that you start at square1 every time you go into Fedora - but it is neat.
    There are similar setups for Ubuntu. E.g. this one ( How-to: Installing Ubuntu Linux on a usb pendrive | Debian/Ubuntu Tips & Tricks ). But I like Fedora better.

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    @imav, nice suggestion, thanks.

    I also find VPC, best for Windows. though never tried installing Linux in Virtual environment using VPC.

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    Quote Originally Posted by edee View Post
    My question is why will virtual pc not run the OS's but yet virtual box will ?
    Second , is this a good idea to use as a sand box ?
    IMHO, probably because Microsoft wrote Virtual PC. Why would they want to enable users to use any OS other than Windows?

    From what I understand, VirtualPC is also the way go if you have Windows 7 installed and want to run, say, XP virtually. I'm just wanting to play around with it, but not enough to purchase another license.

    I've read that you will need a new Windows license to install Windows in VirtualBox. Tried once to translate an Acronis image of XP system into a vhd and load it in VirtualBox. Didn't work. I'm missing something but haven't spent much time trying to make it work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jelson View Post

    From what I understand, VirtualPC is also the way go if you have Windows 7 installed and want to run, say, XP virtually. I'm just wanting to play around with it, but not enough to purchase another license.
    If you purchase or upgrade to Windows 7 Professional or Windows 7 ultimate, you will get a virtual instance of Windows XP for free, known as XP Mode.

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    Quote Originally Posted by iMav View Post
    If you purchase or upgrade to Windows 7 Professional or Windows 7 ultimate, you will get a virtual instance of Windows XP for free, known as XP Mode.
    Very kewl! Sounds exactly like what I'm looking for. Thanx.

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