Virtual machines - Running old software

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Postby Dr. John Zeigler - PEP Ed » Thu Oct 25, 2007 10:09 am

Although this can get pretty technical and, even, a little far afield of piano, this forum is filled with all kinds of situations where people are having trouble running old piano software in new operating systems. If you have a reasonably new computer, you can take advantage of an aspect of the processor that has become more developed at both Intel and AMD. It's called "virtualization". Virtualization allows you to run a wholly different "virtual machine" with a wholly different operating system (Linux, or Windows XP) inside a window in Vista or the Mac operating system. There are several software packages that allow you to do this, Virtual PC 2007 or Parallels, for example, among others. You don't have to reformat your hard disk, set up a multi-boot menu or repartition. You just install the software and the "guest" operating system and you're running Linux under Vista, or Windows 3.1 under XP, or XP under Vista, among other combinations.

As I write this, I'm running Linux in a window under Vista using Parallels. For those who love Piano Discovery, but can't get it to run under XP or those who love Miracle DOS, but can't get it to run under Vista, this might be a neat solution.
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