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How to use virtualisation software

Get the best of Windows and Linux on one PC

4. Having pressed Ctrl, G (or clicked the mouse inside the VMware window) you'll no longer be able to move the mouse pointer outside that window - even to close the application window. To return to the host OS press Ctrl, Alt (there's a reminder of this in the bottom left of the window).

VMware Player - Step 4

5. Disc drives and peripherals can be connected only to one machine at a time, whether it's the physical machine running the host OS or the virtual machine running the guest OS. To switch between the OSes, use the Devices menu. Listed devices are ticked if the guest OS is connected - click to connect or disconnect a device.

VMware Player - Step 5

6. You can now start to get a feel for DSL. As you can see from the screenshot above, a handful of applications are bundled with the program. The setup procedure is much the same for whichever OS you download as a virtual appliance. You can even have multiple guest OSes running at once.

VMware Player - Step 6

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