Evalaze is an application that can virtualize other programs. Virtualization is a technology that allows applications to run without having to be installed in the “traditional” manner.The application runs in a closed system, the virtual sandbox. This technology enables the simultaneous operation of multiple applications on the same system.
In this way one can, for example, operate Office 2003, 2007, 2010 products simultaneously on one system. Old applications can now be used again on new and modern operating systems. Virtualized applications can be put to use in many ways and can very easily be made portable.
To virtualize any application, simply let Evalaze create a snapshot of the system. Next, install the desired application and start the second snapshot. Evalaze now converts the installed files and registry entries together with the virtualization engine into a new EXE file.
In addition, Evalaze contains a step-by-step wizard that will guide the user into creating the file.
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Evalaze sports a very simple user interface. You can use a wizard to virtualize an application, or do it manually with all the options at your disposal. We will be using the wizard for this tutorial. You only need to follow simple steps to create a virtual app.
Evalaze wizard asks for the application name and capture path where all the settings will be stored. The default path is C:\capture. If you are using Windows 7 or Windows 8, you should not use the system drive for saving output files from Evalaze due to the restriction of the Operating System. The applications may not work well if they are placed on the system drive.
Press the Next button to start the pre-installation scanning. It may take some time to complete the scan depending upon the size of your system drive. The wizard will look for file system and registry changes and save the system state for comparison with the post-installation scanning state.
After the prescan process is completed, you will need to press the “Select setup” button to select the software setup you want to virtualize. In this step, the Evalaze app will work in the background while you install and configure the software. It is advisable to not run any other app while running Evalaze to avoid any conflicts.
When the installation is completed, configure the app so that all your desired settings are recorded in the virtualized app. After configuration, you will need to return to Evalaze and click on Next button to run the post scan.
In the next step, you will need to select the executables which will be used to launch the virtualized application. There will be only be one primary application, but you can select multiple executables which can be run from the portable folder.
After you press the Next button, you will be given two choices:
- Use WriteCopy-Mode
- Use Merge-Mode
You have to select one mode of virtualization. In WriteCopy-Mode, the application will be fully virtualized and will not be able to interact with the host Operating System directly. Instead, the sandbox will be used to redirect the write operations to the host OS. In Merge-Mode the application will be able to read from and write to the host Operating System. The Merge-Mode should be used when the application needs to change system files and system registry values.
Finally, you will need to run the build process by pressing the Next button. The virtualized application will be available in the folder named “output” inside the folder which you gave in the first step.