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    New to Virtualization

    I will be buying a new PC with Ubuntu 13.04 pre-installed on which I will install classic Gnome. I would like to run windows in a virtual machine. To be sure that we are all on the same page, that means to me that I will be able to run Win7 in a virtual window which I will be able to run either full screen or windowed. What would be my best pick for visualization software. Of course free would be a big plus but if I have to buy something to get the best, I won't rule it out. This is for my home machine. What else do I need to know?

    JC

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    Re: New to Virtualization

    Hi JerryC.

    I'm very happy with VirtualBox, which is in the repositories (Software Center). For a more cutting edge version you can download the latest onn their website too.

    Just a thought.
    Regards.

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    Re: New to Virtualization

    Thanks. I'll check it out.

    JC

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    Re: New to Virtualization

    I installed Virtualbox and installed WinXP in Virtualbox. Everything seems to work except when I resize the VB window the XP display doesn't change with it. Is this a VB problem or an XP problem?

    JC

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    Re: New to Virtualization

    Did you install the guest additions? That usually solves the window resize and fullscreen issues.

    While you are at it, it may be beneficial to also install the extension pack so can have access to USB devices.

    Regards.

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