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 2, 2020

    1. Seamlessly run your favorite Windows applications and devices, on any Intel-based Mac.
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    2. AQEMU is GUI to QEMU and KVM emulators, written in Qt4. The program have user-friendly interface and allows to set up the majority of QEMU and KVM …
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    3. Qemu Manager is an easy to use management tool for the open-source QEMU emulator. It has a wealth of features for creating, managing and running multiple virtual machines.


      The official website is no longer available. Last version, 7.0, released in April 2010, can be still downloaded from

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    4. Apache Mesos is a cluster manager that simplifies the complexity of running applications on a shared pool of servers.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • Android
      • AmigaOS
      • MorphOS
      Bochs is a highly portable open source IA-32 (x86) PC emulator written in C++, that runs on most popular platforms. It includes emulation of the Intel x86 CPU, common I/O devices, and a custom BIOS.
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    5. The Virtual Environment for secured and comfortable Web Browsing: On the basis of a “Browser-in-the-Box” concept a virtual machine is provided with a reduced operating system and a web browser encapsulated therein.
      • FreeProprietary
      • Mac
      Boot Camp is a utility by that assists users in installing Windows 10 on Macs.
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      Not really a virtualization solution so much as a way to run another system on a different partition and select either MacOS or the other system.
      Negative comment over 1 year ago

    6. OpenVZ is container-based virtualization for Linux. OpenVZ creates multiple secure, isolated Linux containers (otherwise known as VEs or VPSs) on a single physical server enabling better server utilization and ensuring that applications do not conflict.
    7. Deis is an open source PaaS that leverages Docker, CoreOS and Heroku Buildpacks to provide a private application platform that is lightweight and flexible.
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    8. VBoot allows you to boot a physical computer from a single virtual disk file in VHD/VMDK/VDI/Raw format. Each file contains a single operating system. It supports Windows 2000, Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7, 2003 Server, 2008 Server and Linux 2.6, 32- and 64-bit.
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