If you ever wanted to run another operating system on your computer besides Windows 10, you can do that by using virtualization software. These tools can be great and they have many uses, so today we’re going to show you the best virtualization software for Windows 10.
What is the best virtualization software for Windows 10?
Virtualization and virtual machines can be extremely useful to any advanced user. As you already know, you can have two or more operating systems on your PC. This is called dual boot and to use it, you need to have a dedicated partition for each operating system. This isn’t an issue if you’re using two operating systems, but sometimes you need to use multiple operating systems simultaneously. In that case, dual boot isn’t the best option, but you can solve dual boot limitations by using virtualization software.
How does virtualization work? Instead of creating a new partition and installing a new operating system on it, you can install a new operating system in a virtual environment. By using virtualization software you can create a virtual hard drive and use it to install any operating system or software on it. This can be extremely useful if you’re developing an application and you need to test it on different platforms.
On the other hand, you can also use virtualization software if you simply want to test a new operating system, such as Linux, without fear that you’ll cause any problems with your current Windows installation.
Since this new operating system is stored on a virtual hard drive, it can’t affect your operating system in any way. This means that any changes to the new operating system won’t affect your main system at all.
Before we learn more about virtualization, we also have to mention that virtualization software can be quite demanding on your PC in terms of hardware. By using any virtualization software, you’ll run a completely new operating system in a window on Windows 10. This basically means that you’ll run two operating systems at a same time, which can be demanding on your PC.
Now that you’re familiar with virtualization, you’re ready to learn about virtualization software for Windows 10.
VMware Workstation (suggested)
VMWare is the leader in terms of virtualization software, and its software offers high quality and wide range of features. If you’re looking for simple virtualization software, you might want to consider VMware Workstation Player. This is free software, and you can download and use it without limitations for personal and non-commercial use.
The application has a simple user interface, and you can easily create a virtual environment for your new operating system. VMware Workstation Player offers the most basic options, and you can create a new virtual machine or open an existing virtual machine. Of course, you can customize how much of your resources are going to be assigned to the virtual machine.
This application supports the basic features, and you can run the virtual machine or pause it and continue where you left off. Regarding the operating systems, you should be able to run almost any operating system by using VMware Player. Unfortunately, this application doesn’t offer any advanced features such as snapshots or virtual network manager in the free version.
Regarding the Pro version, it fully supports vSphere, ESXi or Workstation Pro servers. In addition, the Pro version allows you to control virtual machines remotely or to transfer virtual machines from and to vSphere environments.
Another great feature of Pro version are the snapshots. By using this feature, you can easily revert to the previous version of the virtual machine. This feature is extremely useful to developers that are testing new drivers or software in virtual environment. If any issue appears on the virtual machine, simply go back to the previous snapshot and the problem will be fixed.
It’s worth mentioning that the Pro version can work with 4K resolutions and displays. In addition, there’s support for multiple monitors with different DPI settings. You can also protect your virtual machines in the Pro version.
If you’re using virtual machine for your work, you can encrypt it and protect it with a password. You can also disable certain actions in virtual environment such as drag and drop and copy-paste. In addition, you can also disable support for USB devices thus making your virtual machine safer.
WMware Workstation Pro also supports sharing, and you can use it as a server and allow your colleagues to access virtual machines. If you need to quickly create a copy of your virtual machine, you can do that in just a few steps using WMware Workstation Pro. The application also offers high-performance 3D graphics, and it supports DirectX 10 and OpenGL 3.3.
All your VMware Workstation Pro virtual machines can work with other WMware products. There’s also support for open standards thus making WMWare Workstation Pro fully compatible with virtual machines made with other tools.
In the free version, WMWare Workstation is a simple virtualization software for beginners and home users. The free version doesn’t offer many features, so it’s perfect for first-time users. On the other hand, the Pro version offers a wide range of features, so it will be perfect for any professional or advanced user.
Virtualization software is extremely useful, and if you’re a beginner, we advise you to try Hyper-V as long as you have the necessary hardware. If you’re looking for a free solution, VirtualBox offers a wide range of features, free of charge, so it’s perfect for professionals that are on a tight budget.
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