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Thread #150718   Message #3513485
Posted By: JohnInKansas
09-May-13 - 02:46 PM
Thread Name: windows 8 microsoft admit failure
Subject: RE: windows 8 microsoft admit failure
An off-topic comment dropped in a newletter article suggested that some Win8 users might need to know that - according to that reporter - the methods used in previous versions to create a "virtual machine" (VM) so that you can run multiple Operating Systems at the same time cannot be used on Win8.

Microsoft has "something new" that's incompatible with the old methods. No details given, but if you know it's there it should be easier to look it up than if something just doesn't work and you don't know why.

Note that a VM capability is not the same thing as a "dual boot" setup that allows you to run one OS or another OS, but not both at the same time. I'm sure we have a few here that are set up to run any one of several systems, but probably fewer run VMs.

WinXP and Vista did recommend setting up a VM with an older OS to run some "legacy" programs in the "virtual machine" - invariably in a separate Window, without shutting down the main OS; but I've seen few reports of anyone doing it, so this may not be much of a problem.