There are plenty of reasons to run a virtual machine. The first, and most compelling, is that you want to play: Maybe there are some other operating system you want to dabble with (cough Linux cough), but you don’t want to deal with installing another hard drive, partitioning your existing drive, or setting up your…
Several years ago, we looked at Cameyo which allowed you to create portable versions of just about any app. The company now offers an even cooler service: running Windows apps in a browser window.
If you want to try out software without installing what could be adware or something risky, use a virtual machine. Virtual machines are particularly useful because of their "snapshot" ability, which captures and quickly restores the VM's state. Here's how to set it up and use it.
Windows: Many people have kept their old Windows XP computers running because they have software on the systems that can't be reinstalled. VirtualXP lets you migrate an existing Windows XP installation into a virtual machine that you can run on Windows 7 or 8.
You probably know that you can run a desktop operating system in a virtual machine for testing. You can do the same thing for Android, and it's a great way to test out a phone before you buy it. Here's how to set it up.
Android: Mobile OSes are great, but they're still a bit limited in what they can do compared to desktops. Parallels Access, previously available for iOS, allows you to run your Windows and Mac apps on Android.
VirtualBox is our favorite virtualization program, but usually, it needs to be properly installed with Windows kernel drivers and system services. Portable VirtualBox lets you install VirtualBox on a USB drive or external hard drive and run your virtual machines anywhere.
VirtualBox is great for testing out a new operating system, but your virtual machines probably aren't that special when you first set them up. Here are a few tips for making them much easier to use—not to mention more powerful.
We've discussed some of the best blogging platforms and web hosts, but if you want to really control your data, why not roll your own server at home, and then use it as a dashboard to manage and re-post to sites like Tumblr and Wordpress? All you need is Virtualbox. Maymay shows us how it's done.
Let's get technical with this week's Crowdhacker. If you're a sysadmin or just a network enthusiast, you might know something about virtualization. But what's the difference between consumer-grade and enterprise virtualization? When is it time to upgrade? The experts at Stack Exchange chime in.
OS X: Parallels, the awesome virtualization app for OS X, is on sale today for $20 off its usual price of $80.
Can't decide whether you want to dual boot that second OS or virtualize it? Debate no more: you can have both. Here's how to dual boot and virtualize the same partition on your Windows PC or Mac.
If you have a Raspberry Pi and you're looking for something to do with it, the sky's the limit. If you want to use it to get your game on, this project turns your Pi into a old school gaming powerhouse using RetroPie and DOSBox.
Parallels Desktop is our favorite way to run Windows on a Mac, but it's a little pricey. Fortunately, Other World Computer is offering the software for nearly 50% off, or even more with an additional purchase.
Microsoft gave Windows 7 users a way to run older applications via Windows XP Mode. With Windows 8, however, that mode is no longer officially supported, and if you want to run Windows XP in a virtual machine, you need the license for it. Lifehacker reader Miloš, however, has found a workaround.
OS X: Parallels Desktop is our favorite tool for running Windows on your Mac, and right now you can grab Parallels Desktop 7 for only $10.
Virtual machines are great for running another operating system on top of your desktop, like testing out Windows 8 or running OS X inside Windows. They can be notoriously slow, though, and using a fixed size disk can help you speed things up.
This week on the podcast we're powering up your brain, making your online life more secure with two-factor authentication, and figuring out why everyone's pissed at Twitter. Also, we're answering your questions about home automation, Linux on Macs, and a diet that actually helps you put on weight.
OS X: Parallels Desktop 8—our favorite virtualization app for the Mac—launched today, offering several upgrades to bring OS X's best features right into Windows. You can now use Dictation, drag and drop attachments from OS X right into Windows email clients, get your Windows notifications in Notification Center, and…
Parallels Desktop, our pick for the best virtualization software for OS X, is currently on sale for $28 for the next two hours.