What do you use for beta testing software?

Discussion in 'polls' started by mrhero, Jul 23, 2006.

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What do you use for beta testing software?

  1. Virtual Machine - Vmware,Virtual PC, etc.

    33 vote(s)
    21.6%
  2. Sandbox/Snapshot Software - Firstdefence ISR, Shadowuser, etc.

    35 vote(s)
    22.9%
  3. Imaging Software - Acronis TI, Norton Ghost, etc.

    33 vote(s)
    21.6%
  4. Another PC dedicated to beta tests

    12 vote(s)
    7.8%
  5. My primary PC with no protection (I haven't got anything to loose :))

    28 vote(s)
    18.3%
  6. Other (Give more details please?)

    12 vote(s)
    7.8%
  1. bigc73542

    bigc73542 Retired Moderator

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    Depending on the type of software I am Beta testing I will usually test it on my primary machine.
     
  2. Noob

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    Virtual machine, i don't have funds or a spare PC for a separate machine but if i did have either of those it would be A DAMN LOT BETTER :D
     
  3. Creer

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    I prefer imaging software for beta testing.
     
  4. guest

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    Primary PC, for two reasons:

    - I really don't have anything to lose - all is properly backed up/protected (even if my entire city gets nuclear bombed, my important data will remain safe :D);

    - When beta testing, I like to work with the software like if it was in RTM version - with daily usage and everything else associated. That's the best way to find relevant bugs anyways.
     
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  5. nikanthpromod

    nikanthpromod Registered Member

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    once i used Rollback RX
    Then i used Drive snapshot
    Then i used Shadow defender
    Now im using my primary OS. Nothing to loose;)
     
  6. icr

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    VMware or Virtual Box in most of the cases and Rollback RX or CTM
     
  7. Ibrad

    Ibrad Registered Member

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    Normally I wait a beta or two then install on my primary netbook. Before I install it however I backup all my personal items to a USB drive then make a Windows System Restore point.
     
  8. Kernelwars

    Kernelwars Registered Member

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    vmware and also a dedicated beta machine:D
     
  9. Tarnak

    Tarnak Registered Member

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    I know I have posted in this thread before...but I just test live on my only computer. No special precautions other than FD-ISR. ;)
     
  10. malexous

    malexous Registered Member

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    My primary machine with a Windows Backup and Restore system image waiting.
     
  11. nisby79

    nisby79 Registered Member

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    only virtual machines
     
  12. stapp

    stapp Global Moderator

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    I test on my Primary machine...with FD-ISR just in case :)
     
  13. 1chaoticadult

    1chaoticadult Registered Member

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    both primary machine with image software and vm
     
  14. Hungry Man

    Hungry Man Registered Member

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    VM + my primary.
     
  15. jadinolf

    jadinolf Registered Member

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    I have a sacrificial computer in---THE LAB.

    I might add that I am using avast! 6.0.1273 beta on this, my main computer with NO problems.
     
  16. malexous

    malexous Registered Member

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    Now, I use Clonezilla.
     
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