If you’ve never used virtual machines before, VMware Player is a good way to start.
It allows users to run VMs made by VMware Fusion, VMware Workstation, VMware ESX, VMware Server.
It also offers support for Symantec LiveState Recovery disk formats and Microsoft virtual machines.
You can also configure the maximum percentage of RAM that you want the program to use.
VMware Player is very easy to use, even for novices, and the HTML Help file is well-written and thorough.
The program may not be as full-featured as some other virtual machine applications, but it should meet the needs of most users, especially those who don’t want to have to purchase software.
VMware Player also supports Microsoft Virtual Server virtual machines or Microsoft Virtual PC virtual machines.
Summing up, VMware Player is a neat application that provides users with the best way possible to deliver managed desktops, run restricted virtual machines, recycle old hardware, and run Windows XP forever!
Oracle VirtualBox is a free and cross-platform virtualization application that provides a family of powerful x86 virtualization tools designed for desktop, server and embedded use. VirtualBox is a general-purpose full virtualizer for x86 hardware, targeted at server, desktop and embedded use. At the moment, the program is capable of running only AMD64/Intel64 and x86 architectures.