Testify A New Operating System Without Formatting Your PC

Testing of new operating system is really bliss when you do not need to hamper your work by removing your earlier OS and settings. It can be really convenient to you if you can evaluate a new operating system features and functionality without bringing much change to your system. With the help of visualization, you can face this challenge easily. Visualization helps you create multiple virtual machines inside your existing host OS. You can install any operating system in them. It is called a guest OS that you install in a virtual machine within your physical system.

An ideal situation

Suppose, you have windows 7 installed on your system and you need to testify Windows 8 before physically using it for your working purpose. You just need a visualization application, hardware-assisted visualization support on you system CPU and motherboard, enough system resources like; RAM and HDD storage space in order to allot the same to a virtual machine and a Windows 8 installation DVD or ISO image. If you have all these per-requisites, then you can easily start running windows 8 inside your Windows 7 environment. You can also run non-windows operating systems supported by the visualization software.

The best solution

There are quite a few visualization applications for this purpose. However, the best one is VMware Player. It is free and it support cross platform visualization features with its user friendly interface.

You can download this from the official download page of VMware.

The features

VMware player offers you an effortless way to create multiple virtual machines inside a single physical machine. You can install wide range of operating systems in them:

  • Windows 8 (all editions)
  • Windows 7 (all edition)
  • Windows XP (all editions)
  • Google Chrome OS
  • Newly released Linux distributions

You will get all the basic VM customization options in VMware player that are sufficient to evaluate a new operating system without messing with your stable physical system.

You can get a free copy of VMware player for Linux and Windows platform. You need to download the right one according to your host operating system type and architecture (32-bit/64-bit)

The procedure

  • Download the VMware player and double click the installer to install it.
  • The installation is pretty simple and you just need a few clicks on the next button and finally on the finish button to complete successfully.
  • Launch the VMware Player application from the desktop shortcut.
  • Create a new virtual machine by going through the easily understandable virtual machine create wizard.
  • Allot RAM and Hard disc space to your virtual machine. You must be careful in allotting these resources. If you allot less resource, then your guest operating system might run slow and you may not get the desired performance out of your virtual machine.
  • After successful creation of a virtual machine, mount your optical drive. Make sure that it has your guest operating system CD properly inserted and the cd is perfectly readable. You can also mount an ISO image for faster installation process.
  • Right click on your virtual machine and click reset to restart it and boot to the installation screen of the guest OS.
  • Install the OS as you install it physically. Now, you have a guest OS successfully running under a host OS. You can repeat the steps to run multiple OS virtually on your physical system.