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Best VM for Windows 7?

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Looking for the fastest and most efficient VM software for Windows 7. Looking to run copies of Windows 7, Windows Vista, and Windows XP for browser testing IE6, IE7, IE8 and IE9 in their full environments.

I've looked at Parallels 4 for PC and I'm not sure if VMWare is better in terms of the PC version? In terms of other VM applications out there for PC I'm not too familiar with what's best.

Suggestions?
Thanks,
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10TB 7500RPM SATA3 64GB Crucial M4 CT064M4SSD2 (Boot Drive) Lite-On IHAS124-04 DVD RW Windows 10 Ultimate 64-bit 
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Dual Screen (x2) Dell UltraSharp U2412M 24" IPS... Apple Keyboard (A1243) Antec Truepower New 650W Modular Corsair Carbide Series 500R 
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Logitech MX Anywhere 2 None Cooler Master Hyper 212+ 
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AMD A6-5400K MSI FM2-A75MA-E35 AMD Radeon HD 7540D 8GB Patriot G2 Series Division DDR3 @ 9-9-9-24 ... 
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post #2 of 12
Virtual box has always worked well for me.

If you're running Windows already, Microsoft Virtual PC will probably work ok, and is free. The only downside is that you can't run a 64-bit OS in VPC.
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post #4 of 12
VMware Player - Try it, like it, love it....seriously though it's free if it doesn't work to your expectation remove it.
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OCZ Agility 4 (OS) 1TB Hitachi (Data & Apps) 1TB Hitachi (Movies & other Multimedia) 750GB 
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DVD±RW / ASUS USB 2.0 8x Slim external DVD Burner Cooler Master Hyper T4 NZXT Sentry Mix COOLER MASTER SickleFlow 120mm x2 
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post #5 of 12
Free? VMware player. Paid, VMware Workstation. Hyper-v (built into server 08 and win 8) Works very well as well, and its free.
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VirtualBox. You won't be disappointed.
    
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post #7 of 12
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Originally Posted by JedixJarf View Post
Free? VMware player. Paid, VMware Workstation. Hyper-v (built into server 08 and win 8) Works very well as well, and its free.
Hyper-V is good also. That is the build on one of the servers at my place.
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Intel Core i7-4790 MSI ATX LGA 1150 Z97 PC MATE mobo EVGA GeForce GTX 1060 SC GAMING 16GB 
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OCZ Agility 4 (OS) 1TB Hitachi (Data & Apps) 1TB Hitachi (Movies & other Multimedia) 750GB 
Optical DriveCoolingCoolingCooling
DVD±RW / ASUS USB 2.0 8x Slim external DVD Burner Cooler Master Hyper T4 NZXT Sentry Mix COOLER MASTER SickleFlow 120mm x2 
OSMonitorMonitorMonitor
Windows 10 Pro 64bit ASUS VS247H-P 23.6"  ASUS VH236H 23"  HP 27" 2560x1440 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech Illuminated Keyboard Corsair Professional Series HX850W CM Storm Trooper Razer Tron 
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XTRAC Pads Ripper XL Rosewill Red USB 2.0 7 Port Hub With Power Adapter Creative HS-1000 Fatal1ty Gaming Headset 
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Intel Core i7-4790 MSI ATX LGA 1150 Z97 PC MATE mobo EVGA GeForce GTX 1060 SC GAMING 16GB 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
OCZ Agility 4 (OS) 1TB Hitachi (Data & Apps) 1TB Hitachi (Movies & other Multimedia) 750GB 
Optical DriveCoolingCoolingCooling
DVD±RW / ASUS USB 2.0 8x Slim external DVD Burner Cooler Master Hyper T4 NZXT Sentry Mix COOLER MASTER SickleFlow 120mm x2 
OSMonitorMonitorMonitor
Windows 10 Pro 64bit ASUS VS247H-P 23.6"  ASUS VH236H 23"  HP 27" 2560x1440 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech Illuminated Keyboard Corsair Professional Series HX850W CM Storm Trooper Razer Tron 
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XTRAC Pads Ripper XL Rosewill Red USB 2.0 7 Port Hub With Power Adapter Creative HS-1000 Fatal1ty Gaming Headset 
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post #8 of 12
Thread Starter 
I would like to run 64-bit OS and 64-bit versions of IE.
I think I tried VirtualBox before -perhaps I should give it another go.
Isn't VMWare Workstation for setting up cloud storage?
My System
(15 items)
 
HTPC
(8 items)
 
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i7 2600K Gigabyte Z68X-UD3H-B3 MSI GTX480 Lightning 8GB Patriot G2 Series Division DDR3 @ 9-9-9-24 ... 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveOS
10TB 7500RPM SATA3 64GB Crucial M4 CT064M4SSD2 (Boot Drive) Lite-On IHAS124-04 DVD RW Windows 10 Ultimate 64-bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Dual Screen (x2) Dell UltraSharp U2412M 24" IPS... Apple Keyboard (A1243) Antec Truepower New 650W Modular Corsair Carbide Series 500R 
MouseMouse PadOther
Logitech MX Anywhere 2 None Cooler Master Hyper 212+ 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD A6-5400K MSI FM2-A75MA-E35 AMD Radeon HD 7540D 8GB Patriot G2 Series Division DDR3 @ 9-9-9-24 ... 
Hard DriveHard DriveOSCase
64GB Crucial M4 CT064M4SSD2 Toshiba HDKPC08 3TB SATA3 7200RPM 32MB Cache Windows 8 Professional 64-bit Apex DM-387 mATX HTPC Case w/ 275W PSU 
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My System
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HTPC
(8 items)
 
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i7 2600K Gigabyte Z68X-UD3H-B3 MSI GTX480 Lightning 8GB Patriot G2 Series Division DDR3 @ 9-9-9-24 ... 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveOS
10TB 7500RPM SATA3 64GB Crucial M4 CT064M4SSD2 (Boot Drive) Lite-On IHAS124-04 DVD RW Windows 10 Ultimate 64-bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Dual Screen (x2) Dell UltraSharp U2412M 24" IPS... Apple Keyboard (A1243) Antec Truepower New 650W Modular Corsair Carbide Series 500R 
MouseMouse PadOther
Logitech MX Anywhere 2 None Cooler Master Hyper 212+ 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD A6-5400K MSI FM2-A75MA-E35 AMD Radeon HD 7540D 8GB Patriot G2 Series Division DDR3 @ 9-9-9-24 ... 
Hard DriveHard DriveOSCase
64GB Crucial M4 CT064M4SSD2 Toshiba HDKPC08 3TB SATA3 7200RPM 32MB Cache Windows 8 Professional 64-bit Apex DM-387 mATX HTPC Case w/ 275W PSU 
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post #9 of 12
Quote:
Originally Posted by revlimiter View Post
I would like to run 64-bit OS and 64-bit versions of IE.
I think I tried VirtualBox before -perhaps I should give it another go.
Isn't VMWare Workstation for setting up cloud storage?
No VMware workstation is just a way to manage multiple VM's in one window sort of like Vbox, just with much better support.
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Intel Xeon E5-2650 Intel Xeon E5-2650 ASUS Z9PE-D8 WS XFX 6870 
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i7 2600k @ 5.2 Ghz Asus Maximus IV Gene-Z Gskill 2133 4GB Caviar Black 
CoolingOSPower
Corsair H100 Arch x64 OCZ 650 Watt 
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Intel Xeon E5-2650 Intel Xeon E5-2650 ASUS Z9PE-D8 WS XFX 6870 
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post #10 of 12
Thread Starter 
Gonna give VMWare Player a shot. Thanks for your help!

In terms of best performance for a VM for Mac, would you say Parallels 7?
My System
(15 items)
 
HTPC
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i7 2600K Gigabyte Z68X-UD3H-B3 MSI GTX480 Lightning 8GB Patriot G2 Series Division DDR3 @ 9-9-9-24 ... 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveOS
10TB 7500RPM SATA3 64GB Crucial M4 CT064M4SSD2 (Boot Drive) Lite-On IHAS124-04 DVD RW Windows 10 Ultimate 64-bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Dual Screen (x2) Dell UltraSharp U2412M 24" IPS... Apple Keyboard (A1243) Antec Truepower New 650W Modular Corsair Carbide Series 500R 
MouseMouse PadOther
Logitech MX Anywhere 2 None Cooler Master Hyper 212+ 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD A6-5400K MSI FM2-A75MA-E35 AMD Radeon HD 7540D 8GB Patriot G2 Series Division DDR3 @ 9-9-9-24 ... 
Hard DriveHard DriveOSCase
64GB Crucial M4 CT064M4SSD2 Toshiba HDKPC08 3TB SATA3 7200RPM 32MB Cache Windows 8 Professional 64-bit Apex DM-387 mATX HTPC Case w/ 275W PSU 
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My System
(15 items)
 
HTPC
(8 items)
 
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i7 2600K Gigabyte Z68X-UD3H-B3 MSI GTX480 Lightning 8GB Patriot G2 Series Division DDR3 @ 9-9-9-24 ... 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveOS
10TB 7500RPM SATA3 64GB Crucial M4 CT064M4SSD2 (Boot Drive) Lite-On IHAS124-04 DVD RW Windows 10 Ultimate 64-bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Dual Screen (x2) Dell UltraSharp U2412M 24" IPS... Apple Keyboard (A1243) Antec Truepower New 650W Modular Corsair Carbide Series 500R 
MouseMouse PadOther
Logitech MX Anywhere 2 None Cooler Master Hyper 212+ 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD A6-5400K MSI FM2-A75MA-E35 AMD Radeon HD 7540D 8GB Patriot G2 Series Division DDR3 @ 9-9-9-24 ... 
Hard DriveHard DriveOSCase
64GB Crucial M4 CT064M4SSD2 Toshiba HDKPC08 3TB SATA3 7200RPM 32MB Cache Windows 8 Professional 64-bit Apex DM-387 mATX HTPC Case w/ 275W PSU 
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