VMLite XP Mode - Is it Worth the Effort?
VMLite XP Mode is a free, open-source video and audio editing software application developed by chip maker Altera. It has the same features as Microsoft Windows XP Mode but does not require dedicated hardware virtualization. It lets you run Windows XP as your desktop operating system simultaneously on another host machine, even while using a remote computer with VMLite. To achieve this, VMLite uses the Virtual Machine's concept, which is an on-demand execution environment that emulates different operating systems on hardware such as a computer, without the need for a dedicated OS image.
The VMLite XP mode uses a hypervisor to create a virtualized environment that allows it to be used in conjunction with a host PC. This means that multiple VMLite installations can run on one host PC while allowing each one to have their own drive and file system. You can use VMLite to convert a Windows 95 PC into an XP virtual machine, which will enable you to use your PC as if it was an XP machine, including the desktop, taskbar, menus, toolbars, and so forth. You can also use VMLite to emulate a Linux operating system on a Windows host machine.
One of the big advantages of VMLite is the ability to create a fully virtualized environment. This means that VMLite will act just like a real operating system, including all its installed programs and hardware, giving you a "barebone" experience. In fact, you can use the VMLite XP Mode to boot up Windows only when needed, and then switch over to a Linux virtual machine for the rest of your computing needs. While this might sound complicated, it is a huge advantage over other VMLite XP Mode implementations that use a supervisor as well as a host operating system, resulting in longer recovery times and fewer bugs.