EasyBCD is a little app that lets youeasily switch between operating systems on the same PC. If you need to switch between operating systems regularly – maybe to test a program or use a particular application, it’s a pain to keep changing computers. That’s where EasyBCD comes in – it allows you to dual boot your system (boot with multiple operating systems) and then switch between the different systems seamlessly. EasyBCD is geared for users of all kinds – you might want to add an entry to your old XP partition, for example, or just want to create a duplicate for testing purposes. Alternatively, you might be interested in debugging Windows and need to make sure you’ve got a backup operating system to revert to if something goes wrong.
Virtual PC lets you create separate virtual machines on your Windows desktop, each of which virtualizes the hardware of a complete physical computer. Use virtual machines to run operating systems such as MS-DOS, Windows, and OS/2. You can run multiple operating systems at once on a single physical computer and switch between them as easily as switching applications—instantly, with a mouse click. Virtual PC is perfect for any scenario in which you need to support multiple operating systems, whether you use it for tech support, legacy application support, training, or just for consolidating physical computers.
VirtualBox is a free, open source solution for running other operating systems virtually on your PC. With VirtualBox, you can install any version of an operating system, such as Linux, Solaris, and other versions of Windows (as long as you have the original installation files, of course) and run them within your current version of Windows. The first thing you notice about VirtualBox is that it’s extremely easy to setup and use. VirtualBox holds your hand through the whole process so you never feel out of your depth.
CDBurnerXP is a renowned program among recording applications; an excellent tool for burning different types of discs and working with ISO files. Among the features in CDBurnerXP you’ll find tools to burn data discs, music discs, ISO images and also copy discs all from your memory stick, without leaving any trace on the host computer. All of these options are conveniently organized in a tool menu – the main screen you seen when running CDBurnerXP. Each button in this launch menu opens the corresponding application in a separate window. From then on, the recording process follows the standard procedure: select data to burn, press the Record button, tweak burning settings and you’re done. CDBurnerXP supports CD, DVD (including HD-DVD) and alsoBlu-Ray discs.
The latest Service Pack for XP is finally here and it includes some minor but important updates for Windows users. Windows® XP Service Pack 3 (SP3) includes all previously released updates for the operating system. However, this particular update only includes a small number of new functionalities, which do not significantly enhance the operating system. Amongst these updates are features such as an updated Microsoft Management Console 3.0 (which already appears in Windows Server 2008 and Vista) and an update to Wifi protected access to make wireless surfing more secure. There has also been added a “health checking” component that’s already used by Windows Server 2008 which can check to make sure that certain upgrades and security features are in place for XP-based clients before they are allowed to log onto a network.