If it hasn’t happened already, there will come a time when you’ll wish your computer was running a different operating system. Whether you’re a competent software developer or simply a user desiring an application exclusive to an OS other than the one you own, there are plenty of valid reasons why you’d want to use another OS. However, despite what you might think, you don’t necessarily have to adhere to your supposed monetary and spatial restraints, given the number of available virtual machines.Assuming your machine touts the capabilities, intuitive software allows you to emulate your desired OS within another, allowing you to run two operating systems alongside one another on a single machine. For instance, you could run Apple’s Mac OS X on a Windows computer using a virtual machine. Below we’ve compiled our picks for the best virtual machine applications available for Windows, Mac, and Linux.VirtualBox (Free)VirtualBox … [Read more...] about Is one operating system not enough? Here’s the five best virtual machine applications
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Can you live on a netbook? Will Windows 7 run on one? These are two questions that many had been asking as we entered 2009. Well, I’ve been using Windows 7 on an HP Mini 1000, and I’m actually surprised to say that the answer to the first is a strong maybe, and to the second, a very strong yes. Let’s talk about my experiences with Windows 7 on the HP Mini 1000 netbook this week. The first generation of netbooks consisted of machines that were extremely underpowered. Many ran Linux, which consumers couldn’t figure out, resulting in return rates that often exceeded 30 percent. We are now on the second generation, and most (over 80 percent) are sold with Windows XP, and run Intel’s Atom processor, which provides adequate performance and strong battery life (with some companies claiming over seven hours of battery life). Price points for these products have crept up a bit along with the performance, but are generally below $600 (most … [Read more...] about Living on Windows 7 and an HP Mini 1000
Windows 7 was released back in 2009. That’s seven years ago, and a lot has changed in the tech world since then. Even so, Windows 7 remains the most popular desktop operating system on the planet. This in spite of Microsoft’s insistence that users upgrade to Windows 10.It seems that many of you want to keep using Windows 7, and, to be fair, there are all sorts of reasons that might be the case. Maybe a piece of hardware you need won’t work with new operating system, or perhaps you’d rather not go through the upgrade process. Or maybe you tried Windows 10 and didn’t like it.Whatever your reason, you need to keep your security in mind if you’re sticking with Windows 7. Here are a few tips for anyone who hopes to stick with Microsoft’s most popular operating system.Know your end-of-support datesIf you’re going to keep using Windows 7, you need to know how long Microsoft will be offering support. The terms used to explain this … [Read more...] about Sticking with Windows 7? Make sure you do these 5 things first
At its TechEd event being held in New Orleans, Microsoft has announced it plans to release a public beta version of WIndows 7 Service Pack 1 by the end of July, marking the company’s first comprehensive update to its Windows 7 operating system since its release in October 2009. However, users expecting major new features or enhancements in Windows 7 SP1 will mostly be disappointed: the update will mostly be a collation of existing security updates and performance enhancements already released to Windows users.“For Windows 7, SP1 will simply be the combination of updates already available through Windows Update and additional hotfixes based on feedback by our customers and partners,” wrote Microsoft Windows team general manager Gavriella Schuster, in a blog posting. “In other words, customers can feel confident about deploying Windows 7 now!”Microsoft will also be releasing Service Pack 1 for Windows Server 2008 R2, which will including two new features: … [Read more...] about Windows 7 SP1 Coming in July
Regardless of which version of the Asus ZenFone 2 you get, it’ll be powered by a quad-core Intel Atom processor. As such, XDA member ycavan decided to take advantage of it by installing Windows 7 on it, reports XDA Developers.Thanks to the Atom processor that powers the ZenFone 2, Windows 7 actually runs at near-native speeds, ensuring the possibility of installing Windows 8, Windows 8.1, or even Windows 10. Moreover, there were no major bugs during the Windows 7 install, so running the operating system should provide users with a relatively pain-free experience.As for how to install Windows 7 on the ZenFone 2, however, the process is not for the faint of heart. For starters, you will need to have root access to the ZenFone 2, and will also need to unlock its bootloader in order to install the new kernel. You can then choose to partition the phone’s storage, whether the internal storage or the Micro SD card, and you will … [Read more...] about For some reason, someone got Windows 7 running on an Asus ZenFone 2
It’s no secret that consumers have been slow to warm up to Windows 8 or Windows 8.1, the latter of which was released this past October. Could the sagging adoption numbers and legions of people who are clinging to Windows XP and Windows 7 be pacified by a machine that runs Windows 8.1 but is capable of supporting Android apps? It sounds like we’ll soon find out.You might hear the term “PC Plus” quite a bit during CES 2014, which will begin on January 7. PC Plus refers to the concept of a Windows 8.1 machine that also runs Android apps. We’re talking about laptops here, not tablets. Aside from that (big) detail, this is not exactly a new idea.Bluestacks, an Android emulator for Windows and Mac OS X, is able to perform the task of running Android apps on traditional desktop operating systems. While Blackstacks simply ran as a separate program within Windows and OS X, the relationship between Windows 8.1 and Android apps could work differently with PC Plus, … [Read more...] about Windows 8.1 machines running Android apps to descend upon CES 2014?
The U.S. military’s budget is so incredibly massive, we never thought they would have any reason to use iffy copies of Windows operating systems. Yet, here we are.An unnamed U.S. soldier reportedly told TorrentFreak that an education center located in the Camp As Sayliyah military base, where he’s stationed in Qatar, houses 18 PCs, all of which are running unlicensed copies of Windows 7. This comes after the Obama administration settled a military software piracy case last month for the hefty sum of $50 million.“All of the computers in this computer lab show that the operating system is not a genuine copy,” said the soldier. “I am not anti-government in any way, but I have been in the Army a long time, and I feel the Army should be kept honest and accountable for what they do, especially when it is so public and a hot button issue in these times.”Photos purportedly provided by the soldier show that the machines provide users with pop up notifications … [Read more...] about US military reportedly uses unlicensed copies of Windows 7
Windows 8 has gotten lots of buzz, and plenty of criticism, for its attempt to shake up your PC’s operating system. With so many big changes, you may want to keep your old Windows 7 OS on your machine, just so you have something familiar to ease the transition. Fortunately, you can work a little hard drive wizardry to make space for both the old and the new. Here’s how you can dual boot Windows 8 on a computer that already runs Windows 7.Step 1: Back up your current systemThis is always a good practice when you are tweaking an operating system. The risk of losing data is usually pretty low, but you don’t want files to disappear the one and only time you didn’t back up. Make sure you save a copy of your entire hard drive in addition to your regular backups. (You are backing up your files, right?)Step 2: Create a new partition on your hard driveYou’ll need to set aside a separate chunk of your hard drive to house the new OS and everything you’ll run on … [Read more...] about How to Dual Boot Windows 7 and Windows 8
Although Windows users have given Windows 7 a much warmer reception than its predecessor Windows Vista, users of older application software that doesn’t work under Windows 7 were left in a bit of a lurch. Sure, Windows 7 Professional, Enterprise, and Ultimate offers an XP Mode that essentially runs a virtual computer running Windows XP so users can still tap into most older, non-updated software. The problem was that Windows 7’s XP Mode required a PC processor that supported hardware virtualization, and that capability had to be enabled in the machine’s BIOS—and that’s not something an everyday Windows user knows how to do. Now, Microsoft has eased some of that pain, announcing a new version of XP Mode that no longer requires hardware virtualization to run.“This change simplifies the experience by making virtualization more accessible to many more PCs for small and midsize businesses wanting to migrate to Windows 7 Professional or higher editions, … [Read more...] about Microsoft Eases Windows 7 XP Mode Hardware Requirements
Microsoft gave developers their first hands-on experience with the upcoming Windows 7 operating system (OS) Tuesday.Set for release in 2010, the version of Windows 7 shown at the company's Professional Developers Conference refines certain aspects of the company's Windows Vista OS and is designed to improve on performance."The best way to think of Windows 7 is to look at it as an improved version of Windows Vista. It starts with a Windows Vista foundation, but what it does from there is add some extra functionality. There are some good usability features they have added that, no matter how you cut it, are good stuff. In that respect it's a step forward for customers and should help improve adoption," said Al Gillen, an IDC analyst, told TechNewsWorld.Microsoft's pre-beta preview included a look at several key changes to some familiar Windows features emphasizing functionality and efficiency.The software maker has revamped the Task Bar, Jump Menus and the System Tray. In the new OS, the … [Read more...] about With Windows 7, Can Microsoft Lift the Vista Hex?