Best Virtual machine software to try W10 TP on Windows 8.1

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  1. banger's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro x86 and x64 dual boot
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    Best Virtual machine software to try W10 TP on Windows 8.1


    Can anyone recommend the least heavy (change in system prefs) and size, virtual machine software to test W10 TP on a Windows 8.1 Pro x86 desktop. I have tried VMWare Workstation in the past but find it is no longer free, I would like to have a quick look at W10.

    Thanks in advance

    Tim
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  2. BunnyJ's Avatar
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    You can still make use of VmWare Player for non-commercial use for free.
    https://my.vmware.com/web/vmware/fre...are_player/6_0
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  3. banger's Avatar
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    Many thanks Buns
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  4. DavidE's Avatar
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    Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64
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    And here's a tutorial by Brink - works the same for installing Win 10.
    VMware Player - Install Windows 8
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  5. Kari's Avatar
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    I prefer Windows' own native Hyper-V, to set it up in your Windows 8.1 Pro and install Windows 10 Tech Preview, simply follow the instructions in this tutorial: Hyper-V virtualization - Setup and Use in Windows 10

    Although tutorial is written to Windows 10, the Hyper-V in Windows 8 Pro & 8.1 Pro works and functions exactly the same way.
    Last edited by Kari; 14 Oct 2014 at 15:59.
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  6. banger's Avatar
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    I cant get hyper v to run on my desktop as it says the hardware is too old memory wise
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  7. Posts : 10
    Windows 10 Professional
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    Is VMWare better than VirtualBox at running as 'full' a full-screen mode as possible?
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  8. DavidE's Avatar
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    Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64
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    For me VMware Player full screen works just like my Host OS in "full screen".
    I don't use VirtualBox so I can't comment on any difference with that.

    I normally use the VM in "Windowed Maximized" so I can see both OSs at the same time.
    Some W10 modern apps don't work right unless the VM is "Full Screen".
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  9. strollin's Avatar
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    W10 Pro (desktop), W10 (laptop), W10Pro (tablet)
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    Kari said:
    I prefer Windows' own native Hyper-V, to set it up in your Windows 8.1 Pro and install Windows 10 Tech Preview, simply follow the instructions in this tutorial: Hyper-V virtualization - Setup and Use in Windows 10

    Although tutorial is written to Windows 10, the Hyper-V in Windows 8 Pro & 8.1 Pro works and functions exactly the same way.
    The OP asked for the LEAST HEAVY VM software which would automatically exclude Hyper-V which requires Win 8.x PRO and 64-bit making it the most demanding VM software I have ever encountered.
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  10. Kari's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro
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    First, Hyper-V uses less host resources than for instance VMware Player.

    Second, who on earth would like to do some serious virtualization in a system with less than 4 GB of RAM? If you have 4 GB or more it's quite natural to assume you have an x64 version of Windows.
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