You should try a program that is compatible only with some older versions of Windows and you don't want to waste time setting up a dual-boot system? Want to try Linux, but without "messing" your current Windows installation? Do you use a MacDo you need to use some programs available only for Windows but to buy a PC, don't talk about that? Well then why don't you turn to the gods? programs to emulate operating systems ? It seems to me the best solution in such circumstances.

If you are interested, continue reading this completely focused tutorial. Below, in fact, you will find those that, in my humble opinion, constitute the best software in the category and thanks to which, in fact, you can emulate the use of Windows, Linux and any other operating system without having to change the PCs and, above all, in Incredibly simple and fast. There is both free and paid. Feel free to choose the resource that you think is the most suitable for you and use it by following the instructions below.

So? May I know what you keep doing with them? Take some time off for yourself, get comfortable, and immediately start focusing on the following information. I am sure that in the end you will be able to say that you are happy and satisfied with what you learned: shall we bet?

VirtualBox (Windows / macOS / Linux)

VirtualBox is one of the best programs to emulate operating systems free of charge: It is an open source solution compatible with Windows, macOS and Linux that allows you to create and manage virtual machines in which run all editions of Windows, macOS (albeit with some difficulty), and all major Linux distributions. It is completely in Italian and is very easy to use even for beginners in the sector. It is practically ideal for testing applications and operating systems without affecting the real system.

To use it, first go to its official website and click the button Download VirtualBox xx placed in the center of the displayed page. On the new page that opens, select the link. Windows hosts (if you are using Windows) or that OS X hosts (if you are using macOS), to start downloading the software.

When the download is finished, if you are using Windows, open the archive .exe proceed and in the window that appears on the desktop, click on the buttons siguiente (three times), then up lo y install. Then complete the setup by clicking the buttons lo, install (to install the necessary Oracle driver for the correct operation of the program) and final.

If, on the other hand, you are using macOS, open the .dmg package obtained and, in the window displayed on the desktop, double-click the icon of VirtuaBox. In the additional window that opens, press the button continued and in that install, type the password for your macOS user account and click the button search. Then, start the program by clicking on the icon that has been added to Launchpad.

If you get a warning about blocked system extension when installing VirtualBox on Mac, open System preferences by clicking on the relative icon (the one with the gear ) placed in the Spring bar, press the icon of Security and Privacy and on the button allow you find at the bottom of the window. Once this is done, start the VirtualBox installation procedure again.

At this point, regardless of your operating system, click the button. new In the upper left corner, enter the name you want to assign to the virtual machine in the appropriate field and, using the drop-down menus below, specify the type and version of the operating system to be installed. Then click the button continued.

Then indicate the amount of RAM to assign to the virtual machine and click the button again continued, adjust the settings of the HDD virtual and click the button crear. Then follow the proposed wizard to indicate the file type of the HDD to be used, the storage system to be used for the latter, the location of the file and its size, always by clicking on the button continued and in the end in that crear.

Once you have created the "container" for your virtual machine, start by double-clicking its name in the attached list on the left of the main VirtualBox window, select the file ISO or the operating system DVD and click button comienzo.

The reference operating system installation procedure will start and once the procedure is complete you can finally start using it. To pause or stop the virtual machine, simply right-click on its name in the main VirtualBox window and choose the relevant option from the menu that opens, while to restart it you must double-click on it.

VMware Workstation Player (Windows / Linux)

VMware Player is the free version for Windows and Linux OS of one of the most famous programs for emulating commercial operating systems (you will find everything explained in the next step) and as such allows you to create virtual machines in which to run various versions of Windows and Linux.

It is very easy to use and includes automated procedures for installing operating systems on virtual machines. It includes many advanced features, although to a lesser extent than the full paid version. Note that it only works on operating systems of 64 bits.

To download it to your PC, connected to the website of the program and click on the button Download it now located at the top right. On the new page that opens, press the button Download placed next to the wording VMware Workstation 15.0.2 Player for 64-bit Windows operating systems.

The download is complete, open the .exe file obtained and, in the window that appears on the desktop, click on the button siguiente. Then check the box next to the entrance I accept the terms of the License Agreement and click again on siguiente four times in a row Finally press the buttons install y finish. Then start the program by double-clicking the appropriate link just added to the desktop.

Once the VMware Workstation Player window appears on the screen, press the buttons continue y finished. In the additional window that appears on the desktop, click the link Create a new virtual machine and present on the right, choose whether to download the operating system to be used in the virtual machine from a DVD ( Installer disc ) or by ISO file ( Installer Disc Image File ) and press the button siguiente.

Indicate, now, if you prefer emulate windows, Linux or other operating system, specify the reference operating system version and press the button again siguiente. So give the virtual machine a name, indicate the location where you want save your file in Windows, the space that the relative disk should occupy and the type, always clicking on the button siguiente and finally press the button finished.

Subsequently, the installation of the operating system will start on the newly created virtual machine and at the end you can start using it immediately. It was easy, wasn't it?

Then you can stop using it by right-clicking on its name in the left part of the main WMware Workstation Player window. To restart it, double click on it.

VMware Fusion (macOS)

If, on the other hand, you are using a Mac, the home solution VMware you can appeal to fusion : It is a well-known and appreciated commercial program (with prices from 88.95 euros) that, however, can be tried for free for 30 days.

It allows you to run Windows and various other operating systems without having to restart macOS and is quite simple to use. It's pretty much the macOS version of the aforementioned. VMware Workstation Player and resume it In its whole Most features, but offer slightly higher performance.

To use it on your Mac, connect to the program's website, click on the link Download it now top left and in the article download now what you find under the wording Try Fusion xx.

When the download is complete, open the .dmg package obtained and double click on the VMware Fusion Icon present in the window that appears on the desktop. In the additional window that opens, click open, enter the administration password of your Mac, press the button presentar in the keyboard and wait for the installation procedure to continue.

When you see the warning about blocked system extension click the button Open security preferences and once System preferencesclick on the icon padlock placed at the bottom left. Then enter the Mac administrator password, press the button presentar on the keyboard and press the button allow Bottom right.

Once done, go back to the VMware Fusion setup window, click the button I agree, select the option I want to try VMware Fusion xx for 30 days. and press the button continued.

Now, place the check mark next to the entry Try VMware Fusion xxclick once more on the button continued, enter the password of your user account on Mac, press the button presentar on the keyboard and choose if you want to send user statistics related to the use of the software or not, leaving or removing the check from the corresponding box. Finally, click on the button. final.

At this point, you should see a warning about it. osascript requires checking System Events.app. If so, press the button good twice and click the button Open system preferences. In the System Preferences window that will open, click the padlock At the bottom left, type in the Mac administrator password and press the button presentar on the keyboard Next, locate the VMware Fusion icon and check the box you find on it.

Now you can create your virtual machine. To do this, first press the button Install from disk or image and then on the button continued Bottom right. Then select the floppy disk or ISO file of the operating system you want to install and press again continued, adjust the virtual machine settings as needed and click the button again continued and finally press the button final.

If, on the other hand, you want to install a copy of macOS, press the item Install macOS from the recovery partition placed on the main screen of the program, after which stick to the wizard offered on the screen. Subsequently, the created virtual machine and the operating system installation procedure will start. When finished, you can use it without problems.

Whenever you want, you can pause or stop the virtual machine by right-clicking on the application icon Spring bar, selecting the article Virtual Machine Library from the menu that opens, selecting the reference virtual machine in the window that appears on the screen and using the buttons at the top. The same goes for restarting it.

Parallels Desktop (macOS)

Parallels Desktop is a virtualization program for Mac that allows you to emulate Windows, Linux, and other operating systems on macOS (including macOS itself) using extremely simple virtual machines to use and configure.

It also includes a special operating mode that allows you to invoke and run Windows applications directly from the Mac dock bar without seeing the rest of the virtualized system. The software is paid (you can buy the individual license at the price of 99,99 euros for life, or the subscription at the price of 79,99 euros / year to always get the most updated version of the software) but it is available at Una Free trial version that allows you to test all its features for a period of 14 days.

Do you ask me how to serve you? I'll tell you right away. Firstly connected to the program's website, then click the button Download the free trial version and in that Download it now, on the new page that opens.

When the download is complete, open the .dmg package just get and double click on the Parallels Desktop icon in the window that appears on the desktop, to start the configuration. Then click the button to accept, enter the password for your user account and wait for Parallels to install on your PC.

Now if you want to download and install Windows 10 on Mac, press the button Install Windows in the window that opens and waits for the download and configuration procedures to start and complete.

If you already have a copy of Windows 10 or if you want to install a different operating system, press the button Salta and choose whether you want to continue installing the operating system from a DVD, from an image file, or from a USB drive. Then click the button siguiente located below right.

Then click on the button Find automatically to allow Parallels Desktop to automatically locate the correct font and press siguiente. If necessary, enter the system license key in the appropriate field (or uncheck the appropriate box to enter it when the installation is complete) and click the button again siguiente.

Specify if you need to use the virtual machine for operations productive or for me gamesclick once more on the button siguiente, type in the name you want to give it and specify its path in macOS. Finally, indicate whether or not you want to create a link on the Mac desktop and press the button crear.

If you prefer not to use the default settings provided for the newly configured virtual machine, you can also customize its parameters as you see fit. To do this, select the appropriate option and enter the menus and options in the additional window that appears on the desktop.

Once the operating system installation procedure has been started and completed, you can start using it immediately. You can then pause or stop the virtual machine by right-clicking on the Parallels Desktop icon in the Spring bar, selecting the article Control center from the menu that opens, clicking on the button with the gear next to the name of the operating system in the new window that is displayed and, finally, selecting the operation you want to perform.

To start the virtual machine, on the other hand, press the relative preview attached to the mentioned one Control center or double-click the link that has been added to the desktop.

Paragon Virtualization Manager (Windows)

Paragon Virtualization Manager Professional is a highly advanced virtualization program only for Microsoft OS, which allows you to migrate a Windows system to a virtual environment (P2V), a virtual environment to a real system (V2P), a virtual environment to another virtual environment (V2V) and a Windows system from one PC to another (P2P).

Despite its high potential, it is very simple to use and allows you to manage virtual machines in a fairly comfortable way. The software is paid for (costs $ 59.95) but is available in a free trial version that allows you to test all of its features for a period of 30 days.

To download it to your PC, connect to its official website and press the button Download. On the new page that is displayed, click the button Download you find in the version of Windows you are using (64 bit or 32 bit) and wait for the software download to complete.

When the download is complete, open the .exe file I just have it and click on lo. In the window that currently opens on the desktop, press the button good and in that siguiente. Then select the article I accept the terms of the License Agreement and click on the button again siguiente three times on that install and finally on the button finished. Then start the program by double-clicking the relative shortcut just added to the desktop and click lo.

In the window you now see on the screen, choose the operation you want to perform by clicking on the relative buttons, taking into account what was said at the beginning of the chapter, then follow the relative wizard that is proposed to you.

Wineskin (macOS)

Wineskin Winery is a free program based on WINE which allows you to run Windows applications on Mac without installing virtual machines, but create apps individual files that can be launched from macOS. At first glance, it is not very easy to use, but a little practice is enough to familiarize yourself with its functions. It supports a multitude of applications and games for Windows and includes numerous out-of-the-box scripts for installing popular system components and software, such as the .Net Framework.

To download it, go to the program's website and click on the link Wineskin Winery 1.7 (click me to download). When the download is complete, remove the Archive ZIP obtained, drag the program icon to the folder applications macOS, right click on it and press it open twice in a row, to start the software, however, bypassing the limitations Apple imposes on applications from non-certified developers (an operation that should be performed only from the first start).

Once the main software window appears on the desktop, click the button capacitor positive (+) lead located on the left and press the buttons Download and install y good in windows that open, to install a Wineskin engine.

At this point, press the button Create new blank container in the main window of the software, enter the name of the Windows program or game you want to use in macOS in the dedicated field and click the button good. Now click on the buttons. install in the windows that open, to install additional components necessary for the operation of the application. Finally press the button good.

Now you need to go to the macOS folder where the app was created (by default the reference path is Users / username / Applications / wineskin ) and transfer it to the folder applications by macOS. Then double click on it select Install software in the window that opens, select the .exe file software or game for Windows by clicking the button Choose Setup Executable, follow the relative setup procedure proposed to you and click the button good.

After completing all the above steps, you can finally open the Windows program or game by clicking on the icon added to the folder applications et al Launchpad instead of the previously generated Wineskin app.