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Windows® 8.1 Inside Out by Tony Northrup

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Chapter 20. Using Hyper-V

Hyper-V is virtual machine (VM) software. A VM is a software-based PC that runs within Windows. It’s basically an entire PC, including an operating system, all within a window on your desktop.

I know what you’re thinking: “I heard you like PCs, so we put a PC inside your PC so you can compute while you compute.” VMs really are useful, however.

Most importantly, you can run an entirely different operating system within the VM. So, while you run Windows 8.1 on your PC, you could run Windows XP within a VM if you had an application ...

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