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Running Linux on Windows XP in a virtual machine

Expert Anil Desai tells you how to run Linux on a Windows XP desktop in this expert response.

Could you tell me if it's possible to and, if so, give me some advice on how to run applications on a virtual machine with Linux on a Windows XP desktop? I have installed Windows XP SP2. What do I need to do?

It's certainly possible to run multiple independent operating systems on the same hardware. After installing Windows, you'll need to install a virtualization product. Examples include Microsoft Virtual PC and VMware Server (both free), as well as products from numerous other third parties. You can then create a new VM for hosting the Linux OS. In most cases, current versions of Linux will run just fine, regardless of the hardware configuration of the physical computer.

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