My VMware was free, I already have XP3, so the whole thing was free...somewhat cheaper than the MS way.
XP3 works as well under 7 as though it were native. Not so good with Ubuntu 10.07, though, it locks up while loading in virtual machine. But then I installed Ubuntu as dual-boot (using linux' own dual-boot setup software) and have had no problem there either. Three major OSs on one drive.Cool!
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