Earlier this year I wrote about zInstall, a great program for virtualising your entire copy of Windows XP when upgrading to Windows 7. You could run everything in XP, including all your software, without problems. Clearly software like this would make the process of upgrading from one OS to another completely pain-free.
Now, those clever boffins at zInstall Towers have turned that technology to a new use and have given us zPod.
This is something that I don’t think anybody’s done before. It allows you to make a virtual machine out of any Windows version, including Windows 7, and copy it to an external hard disk (or even a flash drive) which you can run on any other computer.
No longer will you find yourself sitting at another PC wishing that you had access to your programs at home or at the office. You can carry everything around with you in your pocket.
Security’s excellent too…
Your zPOD environment is fully protected on the external drive. You can also password-protect it, for military-grade, 256-bit encryption. No one except yourself will be able to access your programs and files.
…and it’s compatible with both 32 and 64-bit versions of Windows.
This all sounds terribly complicated I hear you cry, but no, just like the zInstall software it’s all done just by pressing a single button, just the one. It with simplicity like this that zInstall are making their name.
There are no driver issues either, the virtual OS will run quite happily on any other PC.
Complete, all-inclusive environment
- zPOD is not a “portable apps” suite – it actually provides the entire user environment, which looks and works exactly as the original computer
- This environment is a live computer – programs can be installed and uninstalled, files can be added or deleted, settings can be personalized
- No technical skills are required to use the zPOD environment and all of its features
So what are the uses for such software? This is actually more useful than you might think. Not only will it give you the freedom to carry all your programs around with you in a secure manner, but it could also mean you can do away with having an expensive laptop to begin with. There’s also the small matter of how it can help you to keep running should your own computer, or copy of Windows, fail.
I’ve got to say I’m completely sold on zPod. The initial cost of $89 for the software and, perhaps, a small extra amount for an external hard disk are peanuts compared to the cost of a laptop, and a small price to pay to allow you to keep working when a lack of productivity can cost you real money.
You can buy and download zPod here.