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Tuesday, May 20, 2008

installing vista .. part 2 (should have used a VM instance)

Did I mention this was a waste of time. It seems that the softwares that I need is not compatible with each other in Vista. Both claims Vista support but installed together causes the blue screen of death.

So, I'm building an VM instance with XP guest OS and installing the software inside. Voila, it's working fine. I should have done this in the first place and just live with semi-corrupted OS. At least my VM instance would have been portable.

Yes, I'll have to take a performance hit using a VM instance, but no BSOD. What a lovely choice.

On Vista, I have noticed just one improvement. Vista Media Center recording seems to be better XP based MC. And the close caption is working properly. There.. I said it. The one improvement in Vista.

BTW.. a friend that did go over to the Mac side is urge me to do the same. So, is there a VM instance so I can run Mac OS on the PC? I would love to try it and see.

1 comment:

Andrew said...

There isn't a legal/licensed way to run OS X on non-Apple hardware. That said, there is an active community centered around doing just that. Your search terms are "hackintosh" and "osx86". I haven't looked, but I imagine there are hackintosh VMWare appliances out there.

I happen to know a few bi-curious folks who first dabbled in hackintosh, then drank the Kool-Aid and joined the cult.

Personally, I keep XP running inside a VM on my Mac Book Pro, and I use Spaces to slide between environments. I like having options.