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Run Windows XP inside Windows 8 with Free VMware Player 5
09-02-2012, 02:48 AM, (This post was last modified: 09-02-2012, 02:52 AM by sujay.)
Run Windows XP inside Windows 8 with Free VMware Player 5
Recently (23rd Aug) VMWare have released a major update to VMware Player. The latest version 5 is now compatible to Windows 8. So, you can enjoy the fun of running older version of Windows (Windows 2000 etc) on your latest hardware.

If you haven't used software like VMWare, VirtualBox etc ever, you are missing all the fun. Let me tell you some of the key advantages of such applications.
Use Cross Platform Jobs:
If you are a software tester or a developer, you must be using multiple PCs to perform your jobs. But with VMWare you can run everything using a single PC or Laptop.
Run Backdated Software that are not compatible with latest Windows:
If you have an essential software that runs only on older operating systems, you don't have to install that OS now. Install VMWare in your Windows and install the OS within VMWare and take a breath !!
Test Software without the risk of getting infected or affecting operating system stability:
If you are a software tester or blogger, you must be installing little known software everyday. So, there will always be a chance of infected with malware or OS crash. So, always test software in an OS within VMWare and you will always stay trouble free.

Quote:VMware Player is the easiest way to run multiple operating systems at the same time on your PC. With its user friendly interface, VMware Player makes it effortless for anyone to try out Windows 8, Windows 7, Chrome OS, the latest Linux releases, or create isolated virtual machines to safely test new software. VMware Player is free for personal use
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New Features in VMWare 5

Quote:User Interface Improvements for Windows-Based VMware Player

The VMware Player user interface has been completely revamped. The new user interface conforms with Windows standards, menus have been updated, the toolbar now matches Workstation in regular and full screen mode, new device icons have been added, along with many more improvements.

Virtual Hardware Improvements

This version of VMware Player includes the same virtual hardware improvements included with Workstation. See VMware Workstation 9.0 Release Notes
To try new hardware features, you must upgrade the hardware version of your virtual machine or create a new virtual machine that uses the latest virtual hardware version.

Ability to Configure Network Adapters

Previously, the standalone version of VMware Player did not give users a way to select what adapter would be used for a virtual machine. With standalone VMware Player, from the menu bar, you can now select VM > Settings > Network, and use the button next to "Bridged" that says "Configure Adapters."

If you launched VMware Player without admin privileges, the button displays a UAC shield. You can click the button and respond to the UAC prompt. This button displays a dialog box for specifying which adapters can be used for automatic bridging. This is the same dialog box currently used in Workstation, in the Virtual Network Editor, under Bridged > Automatic Settings.
Installation Requirements

Quote:When you install VMware Player, the installer performs checks to make sure the host system has a processor that meets the following requirements. You cannot install VMware Player if the host system does not meet these requirements.
  • 64-bit x86 CPU
  • LAHF/SAHF support in long mode
You can use CPU-Z or a similar utility to determine if the host system CPU is 64-bit capable. CPU-Z shows EM64T (Intel) or AMD64 (AMD) if the processor is 64-bit capable.
If you plan to install a 64-bit guest operating system in a virtual machine, the host system must have one of the following processors. VMware Player will not allow you to install a 64-bit guest operating system if the host system does not have one of these processors.
  • AMD CPU that has segment-limit support in long mode.
  • Intel CPU that has VT-x support. VT-x support must be enabled in the
    host system BIOS. The BIOS settings that must be enabled for VT-x
    support vary depending on the system vendor. See VMware KB article 1003944 for information on how to determine if VT-x support is enabled.
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