Windows 7® support boosts VMware® Workstation 7
VMware Workstation 7 is the right choice for developers and power users. It is the latest version of VMware's desktop virtualization tool and it gives premium technology to developers.
VMware Workstation 7 was released in October 2009 and costs $189. VMware Workstation 7 is fully compatible with Windows 7 and Windows XP Mode. This latest version also supports running VMware enterprise virtualization platforms as virtual machines.
VMware Workstation 7 can also run on older hardware that does not have CPU virtualization extensions and robust Windows graphics virtualization. It also does not have vast support for VMware's own top-of-the-line server virtualization products.
Windows 7 Support
In this latest version of VMware Workstation, the chief among the new features is support for Windows 7 and Windows 7 Aero interface.
Both the 32- and 64-bit versions of Windows 7 Enterprise editions work fine as virtual machines running under VMware Workstation 7. A test was performed on Lenovo T400s, which is equipped with an Intel P9600 Core2 Duo CPU and 4GB of RAM. The Lenovo T400s was installed with Windows 7 Enterprise 64-bit as the base OS and the physical host was equipped with an integrated USB-based fingerprint scanner, a four-point touch-enabled trackpad and the usual classification of USB and eSATA ports found on Lenovo's current line of business-class computers. The system was also equipped with an SSD hard drive.
During a virtualization test, VMware Workstation 7 was able to virtualize all of the Windows and Linux guests that were installed. The Lenovo computer with virtualization extensions showed a little better performance and the ability to run VMware Workstation 7 on older desktops computers and laptops computers without such extensions improves its attractiveness.
VMware Workstation 7 also supports the Aero interface in Windows 7 and Windows Vista. For improved CAD, game and 3D interface experiences, the latest version of VMware Workstation also adds support for OpenGL 1.4 and Shader Model 3.0.
Windows XP Mode is a virtual machine which has Windows XP Professional Service Pack 3. If you want to install and run Windows XP productivity applications on a Windows 7 computer then Windows XP Mode will be handy for you. VMware can directly import aWindows XP Mode file and use it in VMware Workstation 7.
It is possible to simultaneously run an instance of Windows XP Mode under Windows 7 Virtual PC and an instance of Windows XP Mode under VMware Workstation 7.