I am having two OS installed in dual boot mode. Ubuntu 17.04 Mate and Windows 7 Ultimate edition.

Is it possible for me to use Microsoft Windows (all files and softwares) from Ubuntu itself without having to reboot the system.

There was something like virtual machine and virtual box kind of stuff but I did not understand it fully.

Any idea?

  • why are people casting close votes on this? the question seems perfectly well-specified to me. OP wants to be able to, for example, launch an application installed in the Windows partition in the Ubuntu environment. I don't see what the problem is here.
    – strugee
    Commented Jun 4, 2017 at 23:35

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If you are using dual boot (as you say you are),

  • You can set up your system to be able to access the files from one OS on the other.
  • You will not be able run programs from one OS on the other unless you install special software to let you do that.  “Ubuntu on Windows”, obviously, will let you run Ubuntu programs on Windows.  “Wine” will let you run Windows programs on Linux.

Virtualization is a mechanism by which you can create a “virtual machine” (VM).  This would be a substantially different setup from what you have now.  One OS, called the “host”, must be the primary OS on the real (physical) machine, and must be running all the time.  Then one or more other OS(s) can be installed on virtual machine(s), which run in a hypervisor program that runs on the OS on the physical machine.  So, for example, you can have Windows as your host and Ubuntu as a guest.  As long as the computer is running, you will be able to run Windows programs.  Then you can boot Ubuntu on the VM and run Linux programs there.  What I said before about being able to access the files from one OS on the other is still pretty much true.

VirtualBox and VMware are two well-known hypervisors.

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