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VMware Dual booting?

by on Nov.16, 2008, under Computers, Linux

So, there is this interesting youtube video which explains how to use VMware Workstation to boot a Dual boot system into a virtual machine.

For those who are unaware, Dual booting allows you to boot either Windows or Linux.  You have to choose one or the other when you turn the system on.

With this setup, you can boot linux (my preferred OS) and use VMware, software used to emulate hardware of a computer, to run your Windows install just like you booted it normally.

Though you don’t get full functionality out of it, you get the basics, which allows me to do what I would normally do in windows (download and play games).

Also, while working with this, I ran into a problem with the current kernel in Fedora 9 (2.6.27.5-37.fc9.i686) and VMware Server 1.0.8.  I had to use the vmware-update-2.6.27-5.5.7-2.tar.gz file from this post to get the drivers to compile.  Though I did not get the Perl API libraries installed (I think its related to the drivers update, I did not look into it further yet), everything seems to be working fine.

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