How well does Windows work as a VM?

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  1. Token CDN

    Token CDN Notebook Consultant

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    I was wondering how realistic it is to use Windows (probably 7) as a VM vs. dualboot.
    ATM there really only is one thing stopping me from migrating to Linux and that is Musicbee. I haven't found anything that even remotely competes as a music manager for Linux systems and want to continue using MB. Unfortunately MB has some serious issue running under wine - the biggest being it can't write any changes I make to the music files.
    Personally, I'd rather not have to reboot my PC every time I need to spend 10 min. updating my library, so that's what got me thinking about VM.
    One possible issue I could see running into is that my music files live on my NAS, so the VM would need full network access.

    Been a dogs age since I last played around with VMs…
     
  2. Tech Junky

    Tech Junky Notebook Deity

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    Any VM will work fine w/ proper resources on the host.

    VirtualBox works well w/ the VB Extensions pack installed.
     
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  3. jclausius

    jclausius Notebook Virtuoso

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    For past 3 yrs I've been running LInux Mint as my main OS using VMWare VMWorkstation for VMs. I have a library of about 20 different clients of Windows XP thru Windows 10 along with various distributions of Linux. My CPU/Memory allocation let's me spin up about 3 simultaneous virtual machines at any given time. I haven't had time to to get to Windows 11 just yet.

    Now, I use these different virtual machines for various work related issues - which is writing software and running databases. I don't game on them or anything like that. With that said, from a software developer's point of view, it's easily been one of the best tech decisions I've made over the past 5 years.

    In regards to specs for the host machine, they're in my signature below.

     
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  4. Vasudev

    Vasudev Notebook Nobel Laureate

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    Instead of Win 7 use Win 10 under VM since VBox extension and drivers work better on 10 than on 7. With 7, I had to use different screen from SVGA to some other option to have a working display driver on Vbox.
     
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