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asked 2014-04-09 23:01:23 -0500

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If I install windows inside fedora, is windows 7 perform same as a system like in separated windows partition and can I install all the software of windows 7 in it.

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Well, that depends on the software that you want to install in windows 7. What specific software you want to install in windows7?

anishjp gravatar imageanishjp ( 2014-04-10 01:49:25 -0500 )edit

Virtualbox...

davidva gravatar imagedavidva ( 2014-04-10 04:02:48 -0500 )edit

virt-manager

williamjmorenor gravatar imagewilliamjmorenor ( 2014-04-11 19:03:35 -0500 )edit

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answered 2014-04-10 03:25:01 -0500

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I'm assuming here you mean installing windows 7 inside a virtual machine (such as with vmware or VirtualBox).

No matter how clean you make the interfaces to the hardware from inside your VM, there is always a thin software layer between the virtual environment's hardware and the physical one. This is needed because resources are shared between the vm's and the physical system's OS. Therefore, while you can get close to the performance you'd see by installing the OS on the bare metal of your computer, you can't actually achieve it.

It's particularly noticeable with the video hardware - there are such a wide range of video chipsets and drivers that to provide an emulated layer inside VMs that provides a uniform, fully accelerated environment just cannot be achieved.

Fortunately with modern hardware the performance loss is not really that noticeable unless you're trying to play games or use other software that requires 3D acceleration. For most office duties, running word processors or spreadsheets, browsing the internet, even running software development environments, it makes very little difference.

In summary, no you cannot get the same performance, but on the other hand for most stuff you won't even notice.

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answered 2014-04-10 05:25:01 -0500

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Yes, you can install windows inside virtualbox or vmware on linux platform, but what u do within windows is important. If you just want to use MS office or paint or any windows app that cannot be run on linux such as Tally, till then its okey to use. But if you want to play games / resource hungry applications such as adobe photoshop / dreamweaver etc. its very difficult even if u have high end machine. So if your question was more specific, then answer would also be specific. Hope you understand difference between running applications on baremetal and VM.

Any further queries, do not hesitate to ask questions.

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I asked this question for those applications which resource hungry like playing windows games or working in visual studio etc.. Can you suggest a good solution for this queries without leaving fedora environment. Actually I don't want to use windows 7 separately dual boot machine.

SDas gravatar imageSDas ( 2014-04-13 23:17:06 -0500 )edit

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