Virtualization in Windows® 7
Windows 7 is the latest operating system from Microsoft which was released on July 2009. It has been built with a number of advanced features that makes your system high performing. Advanced features in your Windows 7 include handwriting recognition, support for virtual hard disks, multi-core processor support, etc. This new version from Microsoft was intended to be a more focused, incremental upgrade to the Windows line, with the goal of being compatible with most of the applications and hardware. The taskbar has seen the biggest visual changes in your Windows 7 operating system. Other features in Windows 7 include Windows Search, Snap, Jump List, etc. Windows 7 comes in six different editions, such as Starter, Home Basic, Home Premium, Professional, Enterprise and Ultimate. With the help of virtualization in Windows 7, you can you can run operating system, such as Windows XP or Linux while using Windows 7.
Following are the features and benefits virtualization in Windows 7 and information about guest and host operating systems:
- Host operating system
- Guest operating system
Virtualization is the creation of a virtual version of something, like operating system, a server, a storage device, etc. Network virtualization in Windows 7 which combines the network resources and hardware components into software based entity. Network virtualization in Windows 7 is of two types, including external and internal virtualization. Network virtualization in your Windows 7 system optimizes the network speed. XP Mode in Windows 7 is the virtual operating system. With the help of this feature, you can execute any application which is intended to run only in Windows XP.
Host operating system
Host operating system is the original operating system installed on a system. Host operating system can host a number of guest operating systems. You can create a number of guest operating systems in a host operating system.
An operating system that is running in a virtualized environment is called a guest operating system. Using a guest operating system in a virtual machine is generally like using the same operating system on a physical computer. A user will log into a guest system and be unaware that the machine is a virtual one.
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