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Virtual PC Alternatives

Virtual PC is described as 'powerful software virtualization solution that allows you to run multiple PC-based operating systems simultaneously on one workstation, providing a safety net to maintain compatibility with legacy applications while you migrate to a new operating system' and is a popular Virtualization tool in the network & admin category. There are more than 25 alternatives to Virtual PC for a variety of platforms, including Linux, Windows, Mac, BSD and Online / Web-based. The best alternative is VirtualBox, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like Virtual PC are Docker, QEMU, VMware Workstation Pro and KVM (Kernel-based Virtual Machine).

Virtual PC alternatives are mainly Virtualization Tools but may also be Web Browsers or Boot Managers. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Virtual PC.
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  1. VirtualBox icon

    VirtualBox

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • BSD
    • Solaris

    VirtualBox is a powerful x86 and AMD64/Intel64 virtualization product for enterprise as well as home use.

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  2. Docker icon

    Docker

    • FreemiumOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Online
    • Self-Hosted
    • FreeNAS

    Docker is an open-source engine that automates the deployment of any application as a lightweight, portable, self-sufficient container that will run virtually anywhere.

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  3. QEMU icon

    QEMU

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • BSD

    QEMU (short for "Quick EMUlator") is a free and open-source hosted hypervisor that performs hardware virtualization.

    ⚫︎ PortableQEMU can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
    ⚫︎ Support for scriptingQEMU supports scripts and macros to automate or customize tasks.
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    QEMU  with the free OS ReactOS
  4. VMware Workstation Pro Lets You Run Multiple Operating Systems as Virtual Machines (including Windows VMs) on a Single Windows or Linux PC.

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  5. KVM (for Kernel-based Virtual Machine) is a full virtualization solution for Linux on x86 hardware containing virtualization extensions (Intel VT or AMD-V). It consists of a loadable kernel module, kvm.

    ⚫︎ Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsKVM (Kernel-based Virtual Machine) can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
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  6. VMware Workstation Player icon

    VMware Workstation Player

    • Free PersonalProprietary
    • Windows
    • Linux

    VMware Workstation Player builds on the industry leading foundation of Workstation Pro, and delivers a streamlined user interface for creating and running operating systems and applications in a virtual machine.

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    virt-manager

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux
    • BSD

    The virt-manager application is a desktop user interface for managing virtual machines through libvirt. It primarily targets KVM VMs, but also manages Xen and LXC (linux containers).

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    Kubernetes

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Online
    • AppArmor

    Kubernetes is an open source orchestration system for Docker containers.

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  9. Parallels Desktop gives Mac users the ability to run Windows, Linux or any other operating system and their critical applications at the same time as macOS. Parallels Desktop is optimized for Intel and Apple M1 chip.

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  10. VMware Fusion icon

    VMware Fusion

    • Free PersonalProprietary
    • Mac

    Seamlessly run your favorite Windows applications and devices, on any Intel-based Mac.

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