Why use a virtual machine?
ignazio_io at yahoo.it
Sun Nov 30 00:29:01 GMT 2008
Steven Vollom wrote:
> I have been reading for a couple of hours trying to understand the
> function of a virtual machine, and how to make it work. I even
> installed VirtualBox, but can't get it working yet.
> When you operate using a virtual system, does it function the same as
> using the program, like Win XP?
It works like a separate computer. For programs running in the virtual
machine (most of them at least), it's just like being run on a real system
> When operating it, can you make things function, like play a .bin movie
> that won't play in Hardy?
Yes, if the operating system and/or the player installed in it support it
> Do you have to purchase a copy of Windows XP to install in the
> VirtualMachine or how do you get it in your computer? I am not willing
> to pay any more money to Microsoft; I have been abused by them.
> Nonetheless, there are things that I cannot do, because of not having XP
To legally use windows on a virtual machine, you need a license for it.
What do you mean "not having XP any more"? Did you have it installed on
some computer, and was it preinstalled (a OEM version) or did you have a
separate copy you installed? The preinstalled OEM copies usually cannot
be used on any other hardware, so no virtual machine as well, but if you
had a regular copy you can use it.
> These questions are on the front side of my interest in Virtual Box.
> None are answered in my first two hours of study. At least they were
> not explained in a way I could understand. It seems like the answers I
> want are assumed by the author. I am even reading about advanced
> benefits and alternative uses, and I still do not know if what I want is
What have you tried that didn't work? Have you tried creating virtual
machines and installing operating systems into them?
> There are so many ways I am lacking in my understanding of the operation
> of a Linux system, I don't want to waste my study time on a subject that
> doesn't serve a need. It looks like I could read for days without my
> question being addressed, if ever.
> Additionally, if you are required to purchase a copy of XP to install
> into the virtual machine, what is the advantage of that over a dual boot
> system that has XP as an alternate boot?
:) because you don't need a reboot to use a windows program, if you need
to... or you can run an operating system you don't normally use to
assist remotely someone else who's using it (I've been doing that on the
phone like: do this, what do you see? /that and that./ - replicate the
steps on my side - ok now you should see this, does it work? /yes/...
and so forth. Time consuming but more effective than guessing or flying
to the other end of the cable to fix the problem myself )
Before I will ever purchase
> another Microsoft product, I will go without, rather than purchase from
> them. TIA
:D ok so you don't have use for windows on your virtual machine. Still
you can try changing all possible settings in a virtual machine instead
of on your real system, so you can learn new things without risking your
system and your data. If that doesn't happen very often, then you may
really not have much use for virtual machines at all :) your call on that.
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