5 Best Free and Paid Virtualization Software

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At some point in time, you might want to switch over to some other platform or operating system. Being a human being, it’s very natural and obvious that we get used to a particular thing after we use them for a long period and gradually get bored of it. Earlier it was quite expensive as we would require a whole new hardware system for switching over to another OS.

But now the time is changed and we can quickly switch between various OS on our PC. We, no more need to worry about buying new hardware, we can just download some software or buy them and install it to our computer in order to make partitions of our hard drive which will allocate some specific memories to each of the operating systems.

As a result, we can quickly run any OS depending on our necessity or mood. This technique is known as virtualization and there is software that you can find and run on your computer in order to make this partition without hampering any of the programs.

Virtualization in the world of Computer technology is a technique or algorithm that creates a virtual version of any computer resources. In other words, virtualization technique is used to split or make partitions of the computer resources especially the hardware resources, operating system, network, storage, etc. The C, D, E,… drives of our PC and nothing but partitions of the single physical hard drive, known as hardware virtualization.

These partitions and nothing but some logical separations that virtualization technique algorithms execute. The most commonly you and technique is the operating system virtualization. In this technique, we can run more than one operating system on the same PC.

List of Best Virtualization Software

Today in this article, we are going to discuss some of the best virtualization software that is available in the market and is useful for you.

You will find a wide range of software, both paid and free. Therefore, to reduce your effort we have shortlisted sound the best free and paid virtualization software that you can use for your PC.

VirtualBox (Free)

VirtualBox is entirely free software with some powerful and compact features loaded in it. The software performs flawlessly with ordinary switching capabilities among different platforms, and it works best with mid-range Intel or AMD Graphics Card.

Virtualbox
Virtualbox

The software is designed in XML files so that it is easier for the user find and customizes any changes. It also let its users share folders or drives among the guest and host operating systems very easily.

It tends to remain similar to its host platform and along with that also offers the users with 3D virtualization, multi-screen resolutions, commanding hardware support, etc.

The software is not for heavy use purpose; therefore, if you are a professional and do some heavy work on your PC then this software might not be suitable for you as it is not that quick compared to other software neither it can handle your heavy work with ease.

VMware (Free/$250)

Since 1998, VMware has been serving its virtualization technique to its customers. There are three ranges of the virtualization software which comes at different price range; VMware Workstation, VMware Fusion, and VMware Workstation Player for $250, $80, and $0 respectively.

If you are a Pro and do some serious and heavy stuff, then the Workstation is what you must opt for. Invest $250 for one time and enjoy all its premium services and solutions for free.

VMware
VMware

And, if you just need a virtualization software with the notion of running multiple OS on your Mac, then you might spend a little of $80 to buy the Fusion. Else if you are a student or need to run multiple OS for your personal use, then you can install the free version of the software, i.e., the Workstation Player.

All of these three products are fast and reliable when it comes to integrating the different operating systems. It comes with a fast installation process but the commands and controls are quite hard to handle.

Parallels Desktop 11 ($80)

Parallels Desktop 11 is probably one of the best virtualization software for Mac OS and works with maximum efficiency when integrated with Windows OS on your Mac.

You can run both the program at the same time without rebooting your computer; this saves your time and enhances the file sharing process between the Mac OS and Windows OS. You can also directly launch programs from the Apple cloud server without hampering the virtualization.

Parallels
Parallels

If you are a beginner in Mac OS, you must go for this software as its controls are super easy and simple to customize and handle. It supports the Apple trademarked Retina display, along with 3D graphics.

You can also use Linux or other OS as a guest program but only for light use, even its output would lack compared to Mac with Windows.

QEMU (Free)

Quick Emulator abbreviated as QEMU is an open-source virtualization software which is built especially for the Linux users. The software offers some cool and customizable features.

QEMU can support as many hardware and software the user wants, giving host program the authority to integrate with a number of guest programs. There is a dynamic binary translation going on in this process.

Qemu
Qemu

The software is convenient and easy to use; one can carry these programs on a pen drive or any other portable hard drive.

And the only thing you’ll hate about this software is that you’ll get a lot of update notifications regularly.

Boot Camp (Free)

Apple’s Boot Camp is a built-in program in Macs and not virtualization software. It allows the user to use the machine on a dual-boot. It would run on both Mac OS as well as Windows OS simultaneously.

The main advantage of this software is that it partitions your physical hard drive into two equal parts allowing you to install the original OS to the allocated storage of the hard drive.

Boot Camp
Boot Camp

In other words, it does not just copy Windows as a guest program to your host program (Mac OS). Therefore, every time you need to switch over the OS, just reboot your computer and log in to the program.

If you use this software, you can install the Parallels Desktop 11 for quicker access to the files and drives from Windows on the Mac OS.

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