Dutch_Master wrote:As you'd expect here, we recommend Linux as the host platform
As for the spec's: depending on other requirements, any PC with >2 GHz clock speed and 3 GB RAM will run a Win-OS guest. However, mind that Vi$ta requires a minimum of 2 GB RAM to work, so the more RAM you put in, the better it'll perform, for M$ standards of course
FYI: my 'normal' supplier of PC components also has "upgrade kits". One has an Asus mainboard (FM1 socket), a top-end (-ish) AMD proc and 8 GB RAM (1333, IIRC) for under 200 Euro. Add enclosure, PSU (if not included in enclosure) and harddrive and basically, you'd be done for under 350 Euro.
wyliecoyoteuk wrote:Using Linux as the host has the advantage that you can run multiple instances of the same windows license (just not at the same time) for testing purposes, as the virtual and actual hardware remain the same.
I do this to maintain a software demo suite for incompatible applications.
wyliecoyoteuk wrote:Only problem with dual boot is that you can only access one OS at a time.
Most modern PCs can easily support 2 or more OSes in VMs.
I have a 4 core AMD processor with 8Gb of memory, and it can happily run several VMs simultaneously.
My dual core 4 GB laptop can run 2 without a problem.
Ram wrote:I have an HP G62, 3 gig, I3 Quad core running Ubuntu 10.04 LTS and Virtualbox Ver 4.1.10r76795 running XP with 500 MB of Ram
This for testing / dev work.
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If that helps
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