VirtualBox

VirtualBox

Download Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
4.3
out of 44 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    4.3.18
  • Total Downloads:
    190,328
  • Date Added:
    October 13, 2014
  • File Size:
    105.54MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    1,782
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7

Editors' Review

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Though there are some free virtualization tools available, most have limitations. VirtualBox is a free open-source virtualization tool powerful enough for enterprise systems yet easy enough for home users. It runs in Windows editions 95 to 7, Mac OS X, Solaris, and Linux, and it supports a wide range of guest operating systems, including MS-DOS, early versions of Windows, and OpenBSD.

VirtualBox's wizard-based interface simplifies the creation and management of virtual machines (VMs). The tabbed main display is paired with a side panel listing all existing VMs. Control icons labeled New, Settings, Start, and Discard handle all functions, and tabs for Details, Snapshot, and Description display information about any selected VM. We clicked New to create a new VM to install Ubuntu, the free Linux-based OS, within Windows 7 to test VirtualBox's ability to host multiple operating systems without making drastic changes. The wizard let us select the operating system (Linux) and version (Ubuntu) we planned to install during the creation, as well as specify the amount of RAM to allocate for the new VM. Next we created a new virtual hard disk, though you can select an existing bootable disk image. You can choose to create either a fixed or dynamically expanding disk; we chose the latter. If you need more RAM or disk space, the Settings icon accesses these options as well as other settings like audio, USB, and serial ports. When everything was ready, we clicked Start, followed the First Run Wizard, and created a custom-configured VM ready to host our new OS. Surprisingly, VirtualBox even had a wizard for that. While you're using your VM, you can always exit back to the host system instantly with a specified keystroke.

VirtualBox was developed by Innotek, which is now part of Oracle, and VirtualBox is part of Oracle's extensive support system. Add the advantages of open-source development and the fact that's its totally free to both enterprise-level developers and home users, and it amounts to a strong recommendation.

 
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User Reviews
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5 stars

"Amazing tool but kinda slow..."

March 15, 2014  |  By alexmonte

 |  Version: VirtualBox 4.3.8

Pros

I love it, I really do. It works fine, runs a variety of OS and has many settings to customize it however you want.

Cons

Maybe I just did something wrong with the OS I'm using on it but it always seems extremely slow. I kept adding more resources to it to see if that would help it run faster but after giving it the max amount of resources my computer would let me, it still didn't seem to speed up a bit. Maybe I'm just expecting too much from a virtual machine.

Summary

Seems slow but great nonetheless.

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4 stars

"A very versatile local VM solution"

January 23, 2014  |  By RickMay57

 |  Version: VirtualBox 4.3.6

Pros

Will support lots of systems, and seems to be low use on the local resources

Cons

Interface could be a little more intuitive. I had a little trouble figuring out how to restore from a snap-shot. Also switching between full-screen and window screens took some getting used to.

Summary

I have tried the Microsoft and VMware solutions, which all worked fine. I felt the MS solution was overly resource hungry, and VM took a lot more disk space to install than it should. This seems to be a solid performer for testing against a VM in the real world.

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4 stars

"A Fantastic Product, & Free Too"

December 29, 2013  |  By Mr Windows

 |  Version: VirtualBox 4.3.6

Pros

This is everything that Windows 8's much vaunted virtualization should have been.

Cons

It's a little time consuming setting up a VHD, Virtual Hard Drive.

Summary

I admit it, I'm a Windows 7 man, but with Oracle's Virtual Box I'm able to install, and test out any operating system I want. I bought Windows 8 Pro when it first came on the market at the reduced price. However, I wasn't about to abandon my Windows 7 setup, just to test out a new operating system. That's when I found Virtual Box. I installed it, set up a Windows 8 spot for it, gave it enough memory, and a large enough VHD to play in, and I was off.

I was able to test, and fully evaluate Windows 8 for my clients without sacrificing my Windows 7 setup. I have since set up, and tested other operating systems for my various clients at no cost to me. Also, the fact that Oracle continues to improve, and update Virtual Box makes it a winner in my book.

So, if you want to test out another operating system, or you now have Windows 8, but don't want to struggle through the tortures of setting up its virtualization so you can install XP, for example. You can just install Virtual Box, and easily put XP back on your system. This is a winner of a program.

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5 stars

"Excellent program!"

December 06, 2013  |  By UmbrellaCorp

 |  Version: VirtualBox 4.2.16

Pros

Doesn't take up much system resources, free, great for testing out beta or new programs!

Cons

Can't think of any at this time.

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5 stars

"Free alternative to vmware"

April 10, 2013  |  By jebage

 |  Version: VirtualBox 4.2.10

Pros

Free!
Easy Setup
Several wizards make config simple
pop-ups provide context useful hints

Cons

Performance not quite as good as vmware
no quite as "polished" as vmware

Summary

Best summed up as the best free virtual desktop available. Not as polished as vmware but it gets the job done. I would suggest trying it before spending any money. My guess is it will do what you need.

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5 stars

"WOW.Better than W7 XPmode.Ran 3VMs of W8 in W7 perfect!"

January 27, 2013  |  By the-original-katPHish

 |  Version: VirtualBox 4.2.6

Pros

Worked flawlessly to run Win8, Win7, and XP. I could access drives, folders, printers, scanners... So easy to use. Going to try other OSes soon.

Cons

For FREE it has done all I wanted it to do and smoothly.

Summary

Glad I ran across an articel on this tool that was referring to run Windows8 on a Win7 box.

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5 stars

"Excellent, works very well!"

January 26, 2013  |  By Rioismycat

 |  Version: VirtualBox 4.2.6

Pros

Once you figure out how to set up this software it works very well, right now i'm running Windows 8 using this software, computer actually seems to run faster!

Cons

There're are no cons once you figure out the settings.

Summary

I'm very happy with this software!

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4 stars

"Good for running other OS's"

January 11, 2013  |  By moe04

 |  Version: VirtualBox 4.2.6

Pros

Installs other OS's fast and uses allows the guest OS to use the hardware properly. Nice customization and easy settings configurations.

Cons

None so far

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5 stars

"Turns a Win7 laptop into a classic gaming powerhouse"

November 03, 2012  |  By ihtoit

 |  Version: VirtualBox 4.2.4

Pros

Free
Easy to use once configured

Cons

Initial configuration of the virtual appliances can be tricky

Summary

I currently run the following, both locally and over my network to several computers at home, all from a dual core laptop with 6GB of RAM:

Windows XP (OEM and Legacy)
OpenSuSE 11.4
Lubuntu 10.04
AndroidX86
FreeBSD 7.1
Knoppix-Debian 7.0.1
MS-DOS
OSX86

Obviously, the more complicated platforms such as OSX and the latest Linuxes are not going to run anywhere near the performance you'd get from running native, however the DOS appliance I'm running so far outperforms native mode on an APM machine I have to throttle CPU duty cycles back to *slow it down*.

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5 stars

"Great tool"

October 16, 2012  |  By c2looney

 |  Version: VirtualBox 4.2

Pros

works as advertised

Cons

a little complicated

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 4.3.18

This is a maintenance release. The following items were fixed and/or added:

  • VMM: fixed a potential misbehavior after restoring the A20 state from a saved state.
  • GUI: fixed full-screen mode mini-toolbar related regressions for different platforms and window managers.
  • Storage: fixed data corruption when resizing huge VHD images under certain circumstances.
  • Storage: fixed a rare hang during startup when the BIOS enumerates the storage devices attached to the SATA controller
  • Storage: follow the spec with AHCI interrupt acknowledge.
  • Storage: fixed broken iSCSI authentication.
  • NAT Network: properly parse port forwarding rules to allow UDP rules
  • USB: fixed a crash on Linux hosts with older Linux kernels and several other fixes.
  • ACPI: fixed ACPI timer anomalies.
  • Guest Control: fixed a memory leak.
  • Main: when removing a VM, do also remove the VBoxStartup.log file which might exist on Windows hosts.
  • Windows hosts: fixed more startup problems on certain Windows hosts due to conflicts with anti-virus software; better error reporting.
General
Publisher Oracle
Publisher web site http://www.oracle.com
Release Date October 10, 2014
Date Added October 13, 2014
Version 4.3.18
Category
Category Utilities & Operating Systems
Subcategory System Utilities
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows Vista, Windows 2000, Windows, Windows XP, Windows 7
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 105.54MB
File Name VirtualBox-4.3.18-96516-Win.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 190,328
Downloads Last Week 1,782
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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