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Like it has been said here if you have a PC with more then 8GB ram the best option would be to use VirtualBox, i have used virtualbox in some PCs both with windows and linux has host and never had any problem, on the other hand i used VMware only once on a windows 7 PC, and one day it crashed after rebooting some anoying windows didnt go away but the worst was to uninstall it, it was like trying to take a very big and old leach of your but. Anyway stay away from VMware and if your PC has less than 8 GB use a distro with a live session disk like ubuntu or linux mint, has a last resort you can make a dualboot installation.