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EasyBCD is geared for users of all kinds. Whether you just want to add an entry to your old XP partition or want to create a duplicate for testing purposes. Alternatively, you might be interested in debugging the Windows and need to make sure you've got a backup operating system to revert to if something goes wrong.
With Vista becoming ever more widespread, users are demanding more control over how it is installed. vLite allows you to remove unwanted components in order to make Vista run faster and to your liking. Note that this is not a hacking tool - all files and registry entries are protected as they would be if you installed the unedited version only with the changes you select.
The program works by configuring the installation directly before the installation itself, meaning you'll have to remake the ISO and reinstall it. This method is much cleaner, not to mention easier and more logical than doing it after installation on every reinstall. You can select which components to remove but note that unchecking a component will not remove it. The developers say this has been done because not all components are supported by the program and disabling the check boxes removes any confusion. Be very careful when removing components however because they cannot be reinstalled afterwards. The program warns you to be careful with major components by displaying a "Caution!" warning label when you hover over it.
This is a great tool for Vista users but use it with care because if you remove something you didn't mean to, you'll end up doing the whole Vista installation over again.
Ubuntu is a free and open source operating system for your PC. It is powered by Linux, whose robust technology operates millions of servers worldwide. But, of all of the versions of Linux on the market, Ubuntu is the most important thanks to its ease of use and the number of applications available for it.
The result of all this power, flexibility, and usability? Ubuntu is the best alternative out there to Windows.
Comparing Windows and Ubuntu is hard to avoid: both systems aspire to be your PC’s desktop and to provide you with a safe, stable, and rich work environment. But while Windows will cost you money, Ubuntu is free. Not only that, but its code is available to any and everyone who wants to create derivative systems.
To see how seriously Ubuntu has taken this duel with Windows you just have to look at its application “store” - the Ubuntu Software Center - from where you can download and install hundreds of free applications and games, as well as upgrade to newer versions. This range is thanks to the ten years of development behind Ubuntu, which has seen the number of available apps grow tremendously.
The standard installation of Ubuntu includes all of the applications and accessories needed to get started, exceeding Windows’ offering. The office suite LibreOffice, for example, has word processor, spreadsheet, and presentation functions, while the Firefox browser, optimized for Ubuntu, lets you surf the internet faster and safer.
From the side menu of Ubuntu, you can start searching your hard drive and favorite sites, while the file browser helps you move freely through folders and files. And from the Ubuntu panel settings you can configure all aspects of the system, from user accounts to wallpapers.
Compatible with most devices
The focus of many Linux systems is the console (or terminal), where you input commands. In Ubuntu, however, the console is a less prominent feature: you can open it from the Finder, but you can use Ubuntu and do most tasks without having to type commands – removing the need to understand the deeper technology or read technical documents.
Ubuntu’s easy to use desktop environment is the reason behind much of its popularity, with its sidebar icons and windows familiar to even novice PC users. Ubuntu is a pleasure to use, with many of its interface elements reminiscent of a Mac. The similarities between the two systems in terms of appearance and usability are considerable, but Ubuntu allows for more customization.
Above all, Ubuntu is a stable Linux system. It isn’t the lightest or the fastest (other Linux OS take this crown), but it does make sure that all your hardware works immediately after installation. It has excellent built in support for graphics cards, WiFi adapters, printers, keyboards, and other devices – ensuring fantastic performance.
It could be your next operating system
Ubuntu offers everything you need from a PC operating system: it is not only well designed with an abundance of applications, but also has an incredibly active and willing to help community for beginners. And if you are put off by its lack of programs and games, don’t worry: Wine (an open source software application) can help you run an ever increasing number of Windows programs.
VirtualBox is a free, open source solution for running other operating systems virtually on your PC.
With VirtualBox, you can install any version of an operating system, such as Linux, Solaris, and other versions of Windows (as long as you have the original installation files, of course) and run them within your current version of Windows. The first thing you notice about VirtualBox is that it's extremely easy to setup and use. VirtualBox holds your hand through the whole process so you never feel out of your depth.
Integration with your native environment is extremely impressive. VirtualBox allows for declaring certain host directories as 'shared folders', which can then be accessed from within the operating system you're running in VirtualBox. In addition, connecting USB devices is simple - VirtualBox automatically detects new devices and asks you if you wish to use them. Unfortunately, there is no drag-and-drop function from your native desktop into VirtualBox but considering it's free, you really can't complain.
If you don't want to pay for commercial solutions and require a virtual OS for generally minor usage, VirtualBox is more than enough.
Virtual machines are a handy way to avoid having to install real software on your computer that could potentially damage your system. If you’ve never used virtual machines before, VMware Player is a good way to start.
VMware Player can be used by anyone to run virtual machines on a Windows computer, in a completely closed, safe environment. It’s a great way to test new software – like we do here at Softonic every day – provide customer support or run a series of tests on your computer without damaging the “real” system.
The "virtual machines" you use with VMware Player can be created with the program itself, as long as you have the original DVD or ISO file. You only need to configure the system’s settings (hard drive size, RAM memory, etc.) in a few easy steps and you’re ready to go.
VMware Player lets you browse the web, access any USB devices you connect to the computer, share folders with the host computer and even drag and drop files between them. The only thing VMware Player requires is a relatively powerful system, in order to meet the demands of two operating systems running at the same time.
A simple and secure way of testing software on your PC, VMware Player offers peace of mind and a straightforward way of running multiple operating systems.
ReactOS is an interesting open source project which offers a completely free operating system on your PC based on Windows NT format. It is completely compatible with drivers and controllers so you won't have any problems getting your internal and external components to function that previously worked with NT.
The operating system has the traditional look of Windows and is based around the concept of a desktop, toolbar, start menu etc. You can install and run all the applications that are supported in NT and the developers plan to support Windows 2000 and XP in the future. They stress however that at the moment, ReactOS is still in alpha stage, meaning it is not feature complete and is not recommended for everyday use.
This is one of the problems you will find on using it as it still prone to bugs and crashes especially when installing software. Nevertheless, this is an exciting project and gives hope to all those who are tired of using Windows.