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How to run a guest operating system inside a host operating system without dual boot

Install virtual box from : Download VirtualBox

VirtualBox is a cross-platform virtualization application. What does that mean? For one thing, it installs on your existing Intel or AMD-based computers, whether they are running Windows, Mac, Linux or Solaris operating systems. Secondly, it extends the capabilities of your existing computer so that it can run multiple operating systems (inside multiple virtual machines) at the same time. So, for example, you can run Windows and Linux on your Mac, run Windows Server 2008 on your Linux server, run Linux on your Windows PC, and so on, all alongside your existing applications. You can install and run as many virtual machines as you like -- the only practical limits are disk space and memory.

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I downloaded a Linux program from the Internet to my download directory. How can I install it?

It depends on situation.
What is your operating system?

No easy way exists to run Linux program in windows. Use VirtualBox or VMware virtual environment, download Linux OS, install virtual Linux machine and then install your downloaded program in Linux.
VirtualBox free download (virtual environment):
Welcome to VirtualBox org

Ubuntu Linux OS free download (virtual machine):

Your final installation set look:

Your downloaded program
Linux operating system - installed as virtual machine
Virtual environment
Windows OS
These components are installed on computer

There exists more program packages types :
RPM package installation (Centos, RedHat, OpenSuse...)
rpm -ivh program_name.rpm

Debian package installation (Ubuntu, Debian...)
sudo dpkg -i program_name.deb
sudo apt get install program_name

General compressed file / installator
File extesion examples:

tar -xvzf program_name.tgz

Installation of executable file :
(or another file from the package)

Jan 19, 2016 | Computers & Internet

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A solution that you can try (if your CPU has virtualization support):
- install XP mode on Windows 7, following the instructions from http://windows.microsoft.com/en-CA/windows7/install-and-use-windows-xp-mode-in-windows-7
- using Windows XP virtual sesiion, install the XP driver provided with your scanner and use it as before !

If your CPU doesn't support virtualization, you can try to install a virtual environment of Windows XP using VirtualBox application from Oracle.

Also, some answers for your problem you can find at http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/compatibility/CompatCenter/ProductDetailsViewer?Name=Canon%20CanoScan%20N650U%20Scanner&vendor=Canon&Type=Hardware&tempOsid=Windows+7

Good luck !

May 23, 2014 | Canon CanoScan N650U Flatbed Scanner

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How do I run a virtual machine on asus M51AC?

Install a virtual machine application and create a virtual machine

Virtual Machine Applications
  • VMware Player or VMware Workstation
  • VirtualBox
  • QEMU (linux)
  • Virtual PC

Jan 23, 2014 | Computers & Internet

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I tried to load Print Shop Premier 5.0 into a new computer running Windows 7. I got an error message that said Print Shop Premier 5.0 would not run on the 64 bit operating system. Is there an upgrade or something that would make it run. There are features on this edition that aren't available on the newer version.

The following are some options:

  • Try running the program in 'Compatibilty' mode: this option can be found via the context menu 'properties'.
  • Install a 32 bit version of windows in a Virtual Machine and re-install this application: you can download the free VPC (Virtual PC) from Microsoft web site or VirtualBox from www.virtualbox.org (this is what I use on my W7 Ultimate 64 bits laptop as it has good USB device support).
Hope it helps and good luck.

Dec 17, 2010 | The Learning Company The Print Shop...

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