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A “Thank You” to Microsoft?

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Thanks to a vicious nor’easter, I was flooded in today and found myself working from home for the first time since taking this new position about a year ago. Our remote desktop access technology requires that Internet Explorer be the employee’s default internet browser on their home computer.

Obviously, this was not going to fly with me.

Microsoft actually has free software that helped me out when setting up my remote access. With Virtual PC 2007, I can set up an isolated computer “within” my computer. I can set aside 1GB of memory, 10GB of hard drive space, and install and run a new instance of Windows XP in that virtual space. When I need to connect to my office computer, I fire up the Virtual PC with the settings the way my company requires. In the meantime, my computer is running my applications the way I like.

For once, kudos to Microsoft for offering good software for free.

I also set up a virtual instance to run Fedora, but I haven’t gotten it to work correctly yet.

Updated February 6, 2012 and originally published April 16, 2007. If you enjoyed this article, subscribe to the RSS feed or receive daily emails. Follow @ConsumerismComm on Twitter and visit our Facebook page for more updates.

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Luke Landes is the founder of Consumerism Commentary. He has been blogging and writing for the internet since 1995 and has been building online communities since 1991. Find out more about Luke Landes and follow him on Twitter. View all articles by .

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avatar Jeremy

I’d much rather use VMWare, which is also free.


Also check out the VMX creator


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avatar George

Do you need two XP licenses if you are running two instances of XP?

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