People may not be aware that they can run and use Windows 8 on Virtual PC. In fact, an operating system (OS) comes in as many different shapes and sizes as the people who develop and use it. For most of us, working in a Windows 7 or older OS is standard. Why bother learning something entirely different from what we’re used to? The OS we’re used to, after all, gets the job done. However, if you think about the myriad of features offered by other operating systems, then checking out other systems might lead to a better understanding of the possibilities for personal computers. Utilizing more than one OS offers users the chance to work with new, sometimes better components thereby unlocking their computer’s full potential.
You might not realize it, but your computer’s hard drive can be formatted to allow many different partitions when it’s booted. This means you can access the OS through one computer instead of installing and using an individual OS per computer, thereby allowing you to run Windows 8 on Virtual PC. If you’re unaccustomed to fiddling with the hard disk, though, this can seem daunting. Don’t worry. There’s an easier option for doing this that eliminates the need to manipulate the hard disk on a boot level, which means you won’t have to choose the OS without the need for rebooting each time.
This easier method is labeled “virtualization.” Its basic purpose is to develop a software version of your computer’s hardware, for example, in order to run Windows 8 on Virtual PC. Once you have this version set up, all you have to do is execute a “guest” OS using that software version. This guest OS has nothing to do with your computer’s host OS, meaning they work independently of each other. However, you can switch back and forth between the guest and host, and certain virtualization software offers the ability to swap files between the two operating systems.
The caveat for this method is that virtualization software does not mirror the processor, so the guest OS has to utilize whatever processor the main OS is using. For PC users, Linux or Windows must correlate to other versions of the same processor. Technically, this should also work within the confines of Mac operating systems, but problems with licensing usually means it’s best to avoid running Mac OS inside of Windows using
virtualization and instead go with something more compatible like running Windows 8 on Virtual PC.