With ambitious computer use it does not remain out that one changes frequently between operating systems. But constantly copying images to disk or switching between systems installed on different partitions would be quite tedious – especially in the professional environment. In this case, a virtual machine (VM) such as the VMware Workstation Player which allows you to install operating systems and run them on the desktop.
For private purposes the use of the program is free of charge, for commercial use a license is required.
Using operating systems without rebooting
VMware Workstation Player can play VM images created with VMware Workstation Pro or VMware Fusion Pro. This makes it easy to switch to other operating systems that run on the computer in virtual machines and not directly on the hardware without restarting the computer.
Virtual desktops in the enterprise
If several employees use one computer or change workstations depending on the task, cloud computing and desktop virtualization are helpful so that the familiar interface is always available. In addition, the company’s IT operating system and relevant applications can be combined in one container and passed on to employees and customers. Encryption, runtime password, limited USB access and expiration date support security.
Using the virtual machine, developers can test their software on different systems such as Windows and Linux with defined states. This is because an operating system running in VMware Workstation Player can be reset to a backup point at any time, eliminating any residue from a previous installation. In addition, unknown programs and files can be scanned without immediately compromising the host by the program installation if malware is contained – because in a restricted virtual machine, host and guest system are separated. This is important for data protection because programs in the VM cannot spy on the host system.
Continuing to use old operating systems
VMware Workstation Player not only runs current operating systems like Microsoft Windows 10 and Ubuntu, but also old ones like Windows XP. This means that older, self-developed software can still be used on the system if it no longer runs under new operating systems. If there is sufficient memory, there is no difference to the previous use.
VMware Workstation Player is available for 64-bit Microsoft Windows systems and Linux as a host system and can only be used as freeware for non-commercial private use. In the commercial environment, the purchase of a paid license is required. VMware Workstation Player supports 4K monitors, provides multi-screen support, and automatically stops virtual machines when the host system shuts down. In addition, support for DirectX 10 and OpenGL 3.3 allows you to run 3D applications such as AutoCAD and SolidWorks.
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