Paragon Virtualization Manager 2010 Personal provides a comprehensive set of tools that help you make more productive use of virtualisation.

Are you upgrading from an old XP system to Windows 7, for instance? The program makes it easy to create a virtual machine that's a duplicate of your old system. You can then copy it to the new Windows 7 PC, and still run most of your old software. You'll need a virtualization tool, but all the main image formats are supported: Windows Virtual PC, Sun's VirtualBox, VMware Workstation and Fusion.

The program can work in the opposite direction, too, migrating a virtual machine to a physical PC. If a friend had a seriously corrupted PC, for example, you could convert its hard drive to a virtual machine, take this away with you, and work on fixing its many problems. Come back when you're done, restore the virtual machine and his system will be working again. (Hopefully.)

Paragon Virtualization Manager 2010 Personal has plenty of tools for working with existing virtual machines. You can open them, add or extract files with ease, even transfer files between a virtual disk and its snapshots. If a virtual machine won't boot, perhaps because you've migrated it to a different hardware platform, then built-in troubleshooting tools should get it working again. And you can even convert virtual machines between the various supported formats, useful if you're migrating from VirtualPC to the more capable VMware Workstation, for instance.

And as a bonus, the program's many partition and hard drive management tools aren't restricted to virtual machines: you can use them on your physical PC, too. So you're able to create, format, move and resize partitions, defragment and optimize them, delete or undelete them, convert between file systems (without losing data) and a whole lot more.

Note that there is no trial version - the 'download' button here will lead you to the store.

Verdict

If you regularly use virtual machines then this powerful set of virtualization functions should save you considerable time and hassle