First, I'm not sure what you mean by using a virtual machine.

I don't know how to best explain it, but a virtual machine is basically a software program, like Virtual PC, that runs on your computer. It creates an, artificial computer in memory, where you install the operating system of choice. Once the virtual machine is created, when you run it, the experience is exactly like working on a computer with that operating system. Multiple virtual machines can be installed on the same computer. So, a person might have one each for XP, Vista, Windows 7, etc. installed on a single computer.

Here are a couple of links for the virtual machine software from Microsoft, which is probably the most commonly used:

Overview of Virtual PC software and versions:

Download of Virtual PC for Windows 7 (free for certain Windows 7 versions, but not Home):

Mike Wickham


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