How to download ready Windows virtual machine and open it in VirtualBox and VMware Workstation
Downloading from Internet distribution of the operating system installation on virtual machine is a simple process but time consuming. Much easier to download a special virtual machine files with the already installed guest system and just open this car in the appropriate program-based hypervisor. Below learn how and where to download a ready virtual machine with a guest Windows and consider opening it in software hypervisors VirtualBox and VMware Workstation.
Ready a virtual machine on a Modern website.IE
Modern.IE is a web resource Microsoft created specifically for testing websites in various versions of window, regular Windows browsers, starting with Internet Explorer 6 on Microsoft XP and Microsoft finishing Edge on Board the new Windows 10. For testing Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge web resource Modern.IE and offers completely free to download the ready virtual machine with Windows installed, in different versions and different software hypervisors.
Regardless of which version of Internet Explorer will choose within a given version of Windows, get an operating system to test as a regular browser, and other functionality. The only caveat on all virtual machines installed in English Windows. The issue of Russification in versions 7, 8.1 and 10 is solved by installing the Russian language pack and choice of Russian as the language of the operating system in its settings. Translate on Russian language Windows XP you can use the utility-crack Multi User Interface for WindowsXP.
Second, less important caveat – it is an outdated version of Internet Explorer in some cases. If your goal is not testing older versions of Internet Explorer, it is better to choose a system with a more recent version of the integrated browser. Although this point is not fundamental, since Internet Explorer is mostly a browser for downloading other browsers.
Virtual machines are installed or not activated full version of Windows or version trial limited-time free activation.
To download virtual machines
To download the ready virtual machine open the website Modern.IE and go to the Virtual Machines.
Here it is necessary to define some parameters.
The first option — Choose your OS — is the operating system installed on the physical computer. The list of hypervisors for each presented operating system – Windows, Mac OS and Linux will be different, the contents of the list depends on the support these systems of various programs virtualization. With a wide range of hypervisors, of course, have Windows. There is VirtualBox and VMware Workstation and Hyper-V as part of server operating systems, there is even a separate virtual machine designed to run on the old Microsoft Virtual PC.
The second parameter is the Virtual machine is the choice of the version of Internet Explorer or Microsoft Edge in the composition of a particular version of Windows. Modern.IE offers a ready-made virtual machines with all versions of Windows starting with XP and ending with the new Windows 10. Not presented to the virtual machine only with the server editions of Windows.
The third parameter of the Select platform is the choice of platform, i.e., the hypervisor.
After you select the ready virtual machine right will see prepared to download files. Click the download button «Download».
The distribution of the virtual machine contains all necessary files to import the hypervisor. For example, in the virtual machine VMware Workstation includes virtual hard disk VMDK format and the export file configuration OVF. Ready virtual machine for VirtualBox contains a file export configuration import the OVA. And in the assemblies of virtual machines to Hyper-V find a. VHD virtual disk with an installed and configured system files.
After downloading the archive with the virtual machine it is necessary to unpack in a separate folder and place it in a secluded place, preferably on a non-system drive.
How to open the virtual machine in the VirtualBox program
After unpacking the downloaded content to a separate folder run the program VirtualBox and from the menu «File» select «Import configuration».
In the window that appears, use the browse button, specify the path to the unzipped OVA file. Click «Next».
Then followed the import settings of the virtual machine. Here you can change some of the data is to change the name of the machine, set the given ratio of RAM to select a different installation folder, the virtual hard disk. Click «Import».
Upon completion of the import process by clicking the Configure button, you can change other settings for the virtual machine – for example, to increase the memory, to activate 2D and 3D video acceleration, enable shared clipboard, etc. After all the settings include the virtual machine.
Windows starts, and will follow the process of installing the necessary drivers for the emulated devices. Then in the VirtualBox window you will see the desktop or start screen of Windows.
How to open the virtual machine in the VMware Workstation program
To open the virtual machine in the VMware Workstation program also unpack the downloaded archive to a separate folder on the computer. Launch VMware Workstation and click the option open a virtual machine or in menu «File» or in the main tab of the program. In the Explorer window specify the path to the OVF file.
Next will be a small window where you can change the virtual machine name and specify a different storage path of the virtual hard disk file and other working files VMware Workstation.
At the end of the import process of a virtual machine, as in the case of VirtualBox, you can change some settings in the settings, in particular, to set the required metric memory in accordance with hardware capabilities of the physical computer.
After starting the virtual machine on VMware Workstation will install drivers, and then we will be greeted by the screen operating system on the brand background Wallpaper from the web resource Modern.IE.