VMware and XP: Boosting the PC’s Versatility

VMware, a software company specializing in making virtualization software, is the deemed industry leader in its field. VMware has covered groundbreaking innovations with its products. Because of virtualization, businesses can maximize the use of their IT resources to lower operational costs and increase profits without sacrificing functionality.

One of the products of VMware is VMware Workstation, which allows several operating systems to run at the same time in separate virtual machines on a physically single computer. Because of this technology, one computer has the potential to become several different ones, with each handling a different process. With virtualization, there’s no need to buy multiple computers, which saves money. There’s also no need for one computer to finish a process before starting on the next one, which saves time.

Way back in 2002, VMware announced that Guest OS Kits were packaged with fully-functional, pre-installed Windows XP to make its installation on a virtual machine easy, quick, and hassle-free.

What did this mean to users? Users who were utilizing non-Microsoft operating systems such as Mac or Ubuntu Linux didn’t have to completely do away with MS applications such as Photoshop, Dreamweaver, and MS Office, to name a few. It has been proven since then that Windows XP can run smoothly in a VMware environment.

VMware Workstation’s powers are not limited to that, though. VMware Workstation also allows a Windows XP virtual machine to run in a Linux operating system. It also allows older versions of an operating system, such as MS DOS, to run inside a newer version, such as Windows XP.