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Q & A about VMware Workstation

Recently, a friend said he had installed VMware Workstation 6.0 in his Windows 8 computer, but it did not work, so he asked whether VMware Workstation can work with Windows 8 or not. Besides, regarding to the virtual software, there are frequently asked questions as below.

1. What is VMware Workstation?
2. Can VMware Workstation 6.0 and 7.0 work with Windows 8?
3. Is VMware Workstation 9.0 able to run in Windows XP?

In the following part, the article will answer the above questions one by one.

Q1: What is VMware Workstation?

A: VMware Workstation is one of the main products of VMware, Inc which is a  software company providing cloud and virtualization software services. It is a virtual desktop software which should be installed in operating systems such as Linux and Microsoft Windows systems higher than Windows 2000. Moreover, it allows multiple operating systems like Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows server 2003, Windows server 2012, Windows server 8 R2 and other systems to run simultaneously in one physical computer. And it is developed into varied editions such as VMware Workstation 5.0/5.5, VMware Workstation 6.0/6.5, VMware Workstation7.0/7.1, VMware Workstation 8.0, VMware Workstation 9.0, VMware Workstation 10.0.

Q2: Can VMware Workstation 6.0 and 7.0 work with Windows 8?

A: As mentioned before, VMware Workstation has a lot of editions. However, not all of them can work with Windows 8. In more detail, editions under VMware Workstation 7.0 can not work in Windows 8 computer. And this also explains why VMware Workstation 6.0 can not work with Windows 8. Consequently, when you want to install VMware Workstation in the Windows 8, you can choose editions higher than version 7.0.

Q3: Is VMware Workstation 9.0 able to run in Windows XP?

A: In fact, VMware Workstation 9.0 runs very slowly in Windows XP computer, or even can not run in it. BTW, VMware Workstation 9.0 runs quite well in computers with Windows 7 Ultimate operating system.

In general, VMware Workstation is very useful and convenient when you would like to solve some technical and operating problems of other Windows system in your computer without accessing other real computers of different operating systems.


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