Virtual machines are usually a simple and fast solution for when we want to run an application that belongs to another operating system on our Windows when the latter isn't compatible. In other words, we can use it to run Linux, Mac or Android programs on our PC, for instance, or old software that's not compatible with our Windows 10.
Virtual machine or how to install an operating system without danger
If you need a virtual machine, a great solution could well be to download and install Parallels Desktop for Windows. It's a simple and functional piece of software that comes along with an easy-to-use interface that will help us to run any of these programs or operating systems on our computer without having to go through complication installation processes and without breaking anything
This virtual machine can emulate a Linux and other operating systems to run any of their applications. And we can do so without putting the configuration of our computer at risk... as soon as we shut down the virtual machine, that information will disappear and everything will be just like before.
The virtualization of operating systems offers us plenty of advantages, including our security.
What operating systems are supported by Parallels?
You'll be able to run applications belonging to the following operating systems amongst others:
- Microsoft: Windows 3.11, Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows ME, Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows 2003, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7, and MS-DOS.
- Linux distros: Debian, Fedora, Mandriva, OpenSUSE, Red Hat, SUSE, Ubuntu, and CentOS.
- Others: Xandros, FreeBSD, OS/2, and Solaris.
However, we also have to point out another fact: the development of Parallels for Microsoft's operating system was abandoned a few years ago and has only continued with its edition for Mac that is currently available in its version 13.
That's why you might be interested in downloading a more updated and versatile alternative such as VirtualBox or VMWare. And in the case of Android there are even more options to run APKs on your PC: BlueStacks or Nox App Player, to name just a few.