What is a Virtual Machine

What is a Virtual Machine?

In very simple terms, think of a virtual machine as “a computer within a computer.”

To accurately define what a virtual machine is, I’d like to outline why you might need to use a virtual machine. You may need to use a virtual machine if you need to accomplish a goal that your current existing computer or operation system can’t accomplish for you. For example, running Microsoft Windows–specific programs on your existing Apple® Mac® computer.

A virtual machine is an emulation of a computer-system hardware on your existing computer.

(This is where the whole “computer within a computer” idea comes into play.)

To be clear, there are multiple forms of VM’s that offer multiple functions. Some examples include:

Virtual Machine

(This is a screenshot of a Microsoft Windows 10 virtual machine in Parallels Desktop.)

A virtual machine is a replication of an operating system within your computer—which means the ability to run Windows on Mac allows a user to unlock endless possibilities with their Apple device.

By utilizing virtualization technology, Parallels Desktop® for Mac empowers millions of users to go beyond the limitations of hardware to achieve their end goals.

If you want to deep dive into the technology of virtualization, you can read our blog post, “What is Virtualization?

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