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Upgrading to a new operating system brings the risk that your apps suddenly no longer work. That concern intensifies with moving to Windows 8 because of the big change the operating system represents compared to earlier version.

The large number of changes to the visual looks could cause some apps problems and with ever operating system change there is always the risk of a small change that breaks some special functionality your program depended upon to work. Many people also need to continue using programs they either cannot or choose not to upgrade, but won’t work under Windows 8 — in a few cases a program doesn’t recognize the newer version of Windows and simply refuses to run.

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The imminent release of Windows 8 means that many people are now thinking about upgrading their operating system or perhaps even buying a new computer. If you’re someone who has held off from upgrading to Windows 7, there’s an even greater chance that you’re thinking about investing some new hardware.

Whether your current machine is running Windows XP, Vista or 7, it probably includes no end of files and programs that you’d like to keep. By converting your existing PC into a virtual machine, you can run it on your new computer so you still have access to everything you’re used to working with, but without having to worry about compatibility or clogging up you nice new hard drive.

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Despite its prevalence in the marketplace, Windows is far from being the only operating system that can be installed on your PC. Unless you fancy going down the route of creating your own Hackintosh, running OS X may well be out of the question, but there is an alternative available in the form of Linux.

The friendly face of the Unix operating system, Linux, is an operating system that many people will have heard of, but only a relatively small number of Windows users have gone as far as partitioning their hard drive and setting up a dual-boot system.  LinuxLive USB Creator is an amazing free tool that can help, guiding you through every step of finding a distro to use, downloading it, and then creating a live CD or USB drive so you can try out the OS without the need for installation.

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There are countless threats that face computer users these days, including viruses, malware and hackers. To help you to combat such issues, there are a wide range of antimalware and security tools available.

But Returnil System Safe enables you to take your security to the next level, and it works in quite an interesting way – it create a virtualized clone of your system to prevent any damage from being done.

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You can’t have failed to have noticed that Microsoft is not too far away from releasing the next version of Windows. In the past, it was only hardware and software developer that got to see how unreleased versions of the operating system were going to look, but in recent years Microsoft has release public previews.

This is true of Windows 8, and the Consumer Preview is available for anyone to install. There are a number of ways you can go about this. You could install the operating system on a spare computer, or you could opt to install it alongside your current copy of Windows in a dual boot scenario. But a far easier option, particularly if you do not have a ‘spare’ computer lying around, is to install the Consumer Preview of Windows 8 in a virtual machine.

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Microsoft recently released the developer build of their upcoming operating system Windows 8, aiming to renew their appeal to more users and the more modern uses of technology – mainly but including more social aspects and building it with tablets in mind.

Today, I’m going to guide you through installaing and using Windows 8 as a Virtual PC. Sounds interesting? Let’s get started after the jump.

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