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 app 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 (Freemium, Open Source), QEMU (Free, Open Source), VMware Workstation Pro (Paid) and VMware Workstation Player (Free Personal).

    This page was last updated Jan 27, 2020

    1. VirtualBox is a powerful x86 and AMD64/Intel64 virtualization product for enterprise as well as home use.
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      A great alternative, I have managed to run Windows 95, 2000, XP, Vista and 7 smoothly in it.
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    2. 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 (short for "Quick EMUlator") is a free and open-source hosted hypervisor that performs hardware virtualization.
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    4. VMware Workstation Pro Lets You Run Multiple Operating Systems as Virtual Machines (including Windows VMs) on a Single Windows or Linux PC.
    5. 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.


    6. 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.
    7. 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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    8. 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 Mac OS X on any Intel-powered Mac Pro, iMac, Mac Mini, MacBook or MacBook Pro. The subscription includes...
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    10. Portable-VirtualBox is a free and open source software tool that lets you run any operating system from a usb stick without separate installation. It unpacks and adjusts the paths and configuration of VirtualBox so it will run portably.
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