When you’re working on a system, it’s not uncommon for it to boot into multiple operating systems. Whether you need to check out some code from version control or run an automated test, having multiple OSes on your computer can be helpful.
However, each time you boot into another OS, you have to take care of the process of saving your work and then restoring the original operating system once again. That’s where an alternative Operating System called VENTOY comes in handy.
With VENTOY, you can save your work across different operating systems without needing to worry about messing up the original one. Let’s explore how this works and get some helpful tips on using it in your day-to-day programming workflow:
What is VENTOY?
VENTOY is an open-source freeware that allows you to create a virtual machine. In this virtual machine, you can save your work in separate virtual drives attached to your virtual machine. This allows you to boot into another operating system without affecting the original one. Due to the open-source nature of VENTOY, you can also modify it to work with your exact needs. VENTOY works with both Windows and Mac computers.
How to Burn More Than One Operating System On A Flash Drive using VENTOY
If you want to install more than one operating system on a flash drive, then you will not be able to do that with a normal virtual machine. However, with VENTOY, it is possible. To do this, all you need to do is create two virtual drives for your virtual machine and then configure both of them in the same way as you would normally configure a single drive. After that, you need to make sure that the first drive has Windows installed while the second one has Linux installed on it.
How To Set Up A Virtual Machine Using VENTOY
To set up a virtual machine using VENTOY, follow these steps:
1) Download and install VENTOY on your computer. You can download it by clicking here:
2) Open VENTOY after installing it and choose Create > New Virtual Machine from the menu bar at the top of the screen:
3) A new window will open. Here, you will be asked to give the virtual machine a name. Enter a name for your virtual machine and then click Next:
4) Now you will be asked to choose the operating system that you want to install on your virtual machine. If you don't see the operating system that you want, then click the + symbol to add it:
5) Once you have added all of the operating systems that you want, click Next:
6) Now VENTOY will ask which type of installation medium you would like to use. You can choose either an ISO file or a physical disk drive. Choose whichever one works best for your situation and then click Next:
7) Now VENTOY will ask what type of network connection should be enabled on your virtual machine. It is best to leave this option at its default setting, which is Connected Directly To Hardware With The Following IP Address, and then click Next: NOTE: If you want to change any of these settings, you can do so after the virtual machine has been created.
8) Now VENTOY will ask what memory size you would like to allocate to your virtual machine. You should choose a value that is equal to or greater than the amount of RAM that is installed in your computer. Click Next:
9) Now VENTOY will ask you which disk drive you would like to use for your virtual machine's hard disk file. Choose a location on your computer's hard drive and then click Next:
10) Now VENTOY will ask whether or not you would like to create a snapshot of the current state of this virtual machine. A snapshot allows you to return the virtual machine back to its current state at any time in the future. This can be useful if something goes wrong with the VM or if you want to try out a different configuration without having to start over from scratch each time. Make sure that the Create A Snapshot option is selected and then click the Finish button:
11) VENTOY will now create your virtual machine. When it is finished, you will be presented with a summary screen that lists the settings that you chose when configuring this VM:
12) You can now close VENTOY. Your new virtual machine should now be running.
Benefit of using VENTOY?
The best thing about VENTOY is that it allows you to keep your work intact even if you boot into another operating system. This means you don’t have to worry about saving your work every time you boot into another operating system. You also don’t have to worry about bringing a single copy of your work on each operating system. When you use VENTOY, you can have multiple copies of your work without worrying about losing or damaging any of them. VENTOY also comes with some helpful features like being able to boot into multiple virtual machines at the same time. You can also use VENTOY to create test environments for automated testing.
Limitations of using VENTOY
One thing you need to keep in mind about VENTOY is that it isn’t a virtual machine emulator. It doesn’t allow you to run another operating system on it. What it does is let you boot into an existing operating system from inside another one.
This means that if you need to run a program that isn’t supported in VENTOY, you will have to do it outside VENTOY. Another thing to keep in mind is that you can’t use VENTOY on a computer that is permanently attached to the internet. You can use it only in a virtual machine.
Final Words: Should you use Ventoy?
Ventoy is a great tool for switching between multiple operating systems without worrying about ruining or losing your work. It can also be helpful when you need to use virtual machines that are not supported by your host OS. However, it has a few limitations, so you shouldn’t use it on a computer that has access to the internet permanently.