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Old 29. Jun 2011, 06:53 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Windows 7 (64-bit) System Virtualization

There has been a great deal of talk here in the forums about "virtualization" and various types of virtualization. We've also discussed multiple programs in this genre.

I know that many of you swear by Sandboxie. However, I also know that it is not really for system virtualization in the sense of using it to test out new software.

So, my question is this:

If you have a Windows 7 (64-bit) machine (with proper disk images saved) and you want to test out new software without worrying about nuking your system, what would you use? Would you use Returnil or Comodo Time Machine or Wondershare Time Freeze (I don't think they have a 64-bit version yet) or Bufferzone Pro or something else?

Whatever you recommend, assume no experience in running VirtualBox or VMWare.
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Old 29. Jun 2011, 08:12 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I too don't have any experience with virtualization, other than running WonderShare Time Freeze free, which is no longer free now, sadly. It was not offered for 64-bit anyways. I have the last free version though, and for my needs, it works well.

Also, Comodo Time Machine is not a virtualization software. It works more like the system restore in Windows.
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Old 29. Jun 2011, 08:45 AM   #3 (permalink)
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No Sandboxie or virtual machines? Damn...
I'd use Returnil, being probably the only viable 64-bit freeware system virtualizer.
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Old 30. Jun 2011, 07:54 AM   #4 (permalink)
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returnil works well but I use time freeze since I picked up a license from somewhere during a giveaway or something. Can't update it though but it works well enough on my win7 x64.

I also use sandboxie and jauntepe on x64

But for major testing, I use virtualbox with a clean install of OS. But mainly for just testing OS like linux/windows but since I got them installed already, sometimes I use it to test software as well. Since I'm having problems finding an imaging program for win7 x64... I prefer this to risking a reformat. If someone could pm me an imaging program that can make bootable usb that would be great. All the ones I've tried creates bootable cd, and I don't got cd drive :P
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Old 12. Dec 2011, 07:33 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Full compatible with Win 7, 32 and 64 bits (and XP/Vsta) there is the excellent Toolwiz Time Freeze.

It's FREE and lightweight. It deserves a try.
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Old 13. Dec 2011, 01:19 AM   #6 (permalink)
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This looks interesting. I've installed Toolwiz Time Freeze on a spare machine, XP 32 bit - 512 MB RAM, after doing a bit of reading up on it. It seems to work in the much the same way as Wondershare Time Freeze, it's very similar.

I disabled Wondershare and installed Toolwiz, it required a re-boot. It doesn't start at boot though, you have to start the TimeFreeze manually, unlike Wondershare which starts at the welcome screen before the desktop loads, if you want it to. Not many settings but it has password protection and an update checker. It runs one process, TimeFreeze.exe, and it runs light. The cache size shows 4081 MB.

Downloaded and installed a couple of browsers and an audio player then rebooted the machine and everything was back as it was, no trace of the installed software. I then deleted a few files, images etc, with CCleaner and rebooted again. The files were back in their folders same as before when the system re started. Then I installed some software, turned the TimeFreeze off to transfer the data and rebooted. Worked fine. The delay time while the file transfers take place is about the same as Wondershare.

Reading about it, it appears that Toolwiz intend to keep TimeFreeze as freeware for none commercial use. If so then it could be worth a try for anyone who needs it, testing clean software etc.

I don't know how effective it would be against malware so best to still use it with a good AV, for anyone wanting to try it, and who's not sure. Just use it when you want to try or test something. I've had it running for a few hours, on and off, and no problems so far. No lock ups or anything, apart from when transferring data, which is normal.

Don't know if anyone else is trying it, but it seems to work ok for me.

Kissol, are you by any chance associated with Toolwiz?
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Old 13. Dec 2011, 01:56 AM   #7 (permalink)
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@ deya, like you I'm using 'Wondershare Time Freeze' that I got for free in a 'Giveaway of the Day' some time ago.

Since in this topic I saw that isn't easy to find a similar app. for free (to 64 bits mainly), Toolwiz app. seems to me adequate for some members purposes. No association indeed.
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I have moved the rest of discussion on Toolwiz Time Freeze to a separate thread, here :

http://www.techsupportalert.com/free...me-freeze.html

I have kept some of the posts here for relevance. Please carry out the discussion on Toolwiz Time Freeze on the above mentioned thread.
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