How to Setup a Virtual Machine in Windows® 7
The Windows 7 being the latest version of Windows operating system from the Microsoft offers its users with wide variety of options for customizing the looks and functions of their PCs. The windows 7 is a highly functional and advanced operating system put to the users end via a simple and graphic rich user interface. Like its previous versions, the Windows 7 is also build on the Windows NT platform and supports countless third party applications. Although most of the latest applications and devices are supported by the Windows 7, some of the older programs and applications might be having compatibility issues when installed and used with Windows 7. In order to fix these kinds of issues, the windows 7 OS supports virtual machines or environments in the computers supporting hardware virtualization. The virtual machines or environments are those programs that enable the users to install and work on virtual operating system while in an operating system, for example, the virtual machine program like Windows Virtual PC allows the Windows 7 users to work on Windows XP while in Windows 7. These virtual machines are very useful for the users who have to work on older applications and programs which are not compatible with the latest operating systems such as Windows 7. Installing the virtual machine programs in Windows 7 using recommended settings under proper guidance will help the users to work in virtual environments with minimal errors or issues.
The following points discussed below will help the users to set up Virtual Machine in your Windows 7 system:
- Verify system support
- Downloading the files
- Installing and setting up
Verify system support
The Windows 7 users advised to check for and ensure that your system and the processor supports hardware virtualization feature needed to setup the virtual machine or environment in Windows 7. It is also recommended that the users turn on the hardware virtualization feature in your system BIOS prior to the installation of virtual machine so as to avoid related issues during the installation.
Downloading the files
The installer packages for the virtual machine in Windows 7 should be downloaded only from the original manufacturer of the program, for example if the users prefers the Windows Virtual PC program for creating the virtual machine in Windows 7, then you should download it from the Microsoft support website only so as to avoid possible malware infections.
Installing the files for the desired virtual machine program after closing/saving all the currently running programs or work is recommended as the virtual machine program will require a system restart for completing the install process. After restarting the Windows 7 to complete the reinstall, the install process will be completed and the users can access the program from the Windows 7 start menu. The first start wizard of the program will prompt to input username & password for securing the program startup. Inputting all the necessary data in the startup wizard and proceeding to the configurable options menu of the installed virtual machine application will help the users to set up the desired virtual environment in your Windows 7 system.
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