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I just wondered if anyone did this? The modern processors from both Intel & AMD both support hardware virtualisation, so it brings the question of who actually uses it on a desktop? In theory, it should increase security, as no processes can break out of the virtual "shell", and with a load of RAM, it should have a minimal impact on system overhead. I was thinking of running a virtual machine, with everything bar the host OS running in it - I currently run XP Home, and was planning on running XP Home in this virtual "shell" for the added security.

Alternatively, it provides a very good way of running Vista 64, but then running an XP Home instance where I need to run a 32-bit app. A good excuse to go buy Vista!
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Multiple instances of Windows aren't exactly the best optimisation of virtual environments. If you insist on seting up a virtual machine you should look towards a Linux distro.
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Just use a sandbox for your web browser and any new applications that you're not sure of.
Can't x64 OS'es run 32bit apps?
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Just use a sandbox for your web browser and any new applications that you're not sure of.
Can't x64 OS'es run 32bit apps?
What do you mean by sandbox?
To my knowledge, you can't run 32-bit apps on an x64 OS - one of the major drawbacks (hopefully someone with a 64-bit OS can clarify!!)
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Yes you can run some 32-bit apps in a 64 bit environment, but Vista 64x has reputation for being choosy about the ones it will accept, do to the signed drivers issues and what not.
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Yes you can run some 32-bit apps in a 64 bit environment, but Vista 64x has reputation for being choosy about the ones it will accept, do to the signed drivers issues and what not.
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by sandbox i mean this:
http://www.sandboxie.com/
I don't use it, but i've only heard good things about it.
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I haven't really heard of people having any problems running 32bit apps in Vista, since most apps are 32-bit. 64bit Vista actually virutalizes all the 32-bit apps in order to run them, so there really isn't much issue.

Secondly, if you're going to virutalize, I don't see why you would do anything else except do it Linux, since you can do pretty much everything you need to do in Windows.
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