The first thing you’ll need to do is download and install software called VirtualBox. This free, open-source program works on all major platforms, including Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux. It will allow you to run a ‘virtual machine’ in your PC that acts as an independent operating system on top of the one you currently have installed. You can then download the installer for appNameHere onto that virtual machine and install it as usual.
That’s the basic gist of it. We’ll now take a closer look at how to do all those steps, and then we’ll explain why you might want to do this and what the pros & cons are.
Step 1: Download VirtualBox from here and install it like any other program on your PC. You won’t need to change any settings during the installation process, but if you want, you can always read the documentation later for advanced configuration options.
Step 2: Once VirtualBox is installed, open it up and click on New in the top left-hand corner:
Step 3: A wizard will appear, asking you to name the new virtual machine. This is the name that will show up in your list of virtual machines and the one you’ll use to refer to this virtual machine from now on. For example, if I were installing Adobe Reader on my PC, I would create a virtual machine called adobeReader.
Step 4: On the next screen, allocate a relatively hefty memory for your new virtual machine. Remember that this memory is only used when the virtual machine is running (at least until your hard disk fills up), so don’t worry about killing your performance in any other area of your PC by allocating too much memory here. The most crucial factor to consider is how much memory your version of appNameHere needs. If you’re not sure, then I would suggest allowing your virtual machine to use as much memory as it can get away with. For Adobe Reader X, this would be 1GB or 2GB at most, although the amount of RAM required will vary with the version and depending on which CPU architecture (x86 or x64) you choose later on.
Step 5: Now that you’ve allocated a chunk of memory for your virtual machine, you’ll have to choose which operating system will run inside it.
MemuPlayis a free program that allows you to run multiple versions of Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux simultaneously on your VirtualBox virtual machine. Running several operating systems at once is a valuable way to test different versions of Windows or any other software, as well as check out some of the very cool and sometimes unusual desktop environments available for these three operating systems.
yi iot camera app is a free Android app that connects your smart devices and allows you to control them via a web interface. You can use it to see what is going on in your home, for example, if you need to check who is at the door without having to get up and run through the house, and then you can use your IoT camera app to connect it directly to the web browser on your laptop and check out who is there.