Thank you for explaining their purposes so clearly.
However, my opinion is that many programs are most useful for reasons OTHER than their intended purpose. Thinking "outside the box" can lead to innovation and clever workarounds. Though I do agree that software which are used for their intended purpose, work best for that specific purpose.
Specifically, I'm running an old game which requires sound and pixel shading - if there's something purpose built for that, I'd gladly use it instead of these virtualisation programs.
I did try one patch-type program, can't remember what it was now, but it was unsuccessful for my system/game combination. I also tried installing the program with compatibility to xp, which also failed. If virtualisation did not work, the next step would have been to attempt dual booting my win 8 machine with XP, though I likely would not have been able to find all the correct drivers. So lastly, I would have had to give up on my quest.
This way, I have learned a little about virtualisation programs, limitations of old software, limitations of new OS, and who knows when else this knowledge will become useful to me.
With that in mind, if you could kindly direct me to a program purpose-built for running old games that are designed solely for single-core processor machines, I'd be grateful.
Edit: I should clarify that I am using VMware Player (free), not VMware Workstation (commercial).
Okay, so I'm guilty of unwarranted snarkiness, and for that I apologize.
For your particular use case, VMware Player, VMware Workstation or VirtualBox would be the application of choice. It's great that Hyper-V 3.0 is free and can be used in Windows 8 Professional, but it's simply not a hypervisor designed for that purpose.
VMware Workstation, on the other hand (and as opposed to VMware ESXi) is designed not only to virtualize, but to completely replicate the desktop experience on the host machine. If you have to use your personal computer for work, but need a different environment in which to work, or if you need to evaluate an OS for deployment purposes, this is the product you want.
There's a reason why the two products have different feature sets, and saying that one is 'useless' because it doesn't provide the features of an entirely different product which has a different purpose is starting to get tiring.
I build a lab of Hyper-V servers to get hands on experiences on different Network scenario and also play with Fail over clusters. I start to use Vmware WS to build Clients ( Windows XP, Vista, 7 ) on a lab desktops so I can experiment domain stuff in relation to servers os in the hyper-v servers. But with time I realize that it can be done very well with Remote Desktop and the Client VM OS in the servers too. So I use now only 1 pc with Vware WS.
Now if someone take a network course and as space and budget limitation, Windows 8 and hyper-v is a great all in one solution.
I don't agree with the fact that Vmware WS is better for workflow, at least not in all case. Hyper-v is way more stable and have more power as it run on bare metal instead of inside the OS. When I was using more Vmware WS , I have to reboot the PC often to reset certain bug create by Vmware. ( mouse and menu behaviors on the Windows host mainly ) This is not and will not happen with hyper-v, as the childs ( VM) are running at the side of the parent ( host ) instead of in the host, so the child as no side effect on the parent . If you don't need extra that Vmware give like USB , 3d Acceleration. Hyper-V and Remote Desktop is a more stable solution. ( ESXi also, but I try to not extend the subject to much and it not include with Windows 8 )
this is a drawing of my setup of last year, I add few servers and workstation and a third ISP , All the servers are on AMD and allthe Workstation on Intel , with the exception of 1 , I need the same CPU manufacturer on the severs , so I can move the VM
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Same with latest Linux distros, all seem to allow seamless mouse movement without capturing. At least Open SUSE, Ubuntu and Linux Mint which I have tested work normally: click on vm to activate it, move pointer away from vm and use it normally on host.
Hey all! I am fairly new to the whole virtualization thing and wanted to find out how things happen after you activate the virtual machine. Meaning, I have a laptop running Windows 8 and I want to run Windows 7 virtually. After that happens, how do I get an internet browser installed on the virtual machine?
Does anyone know why one of the boxes is grayed out :/
When Hyper-V Platform is grayed out, it means that you do not have a 64- bit processor (CPU) that supports Second Level Address Translation (SLAT). You basically do not meet minimum requirements.