VirtualBox

VirtualBox

Download Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
4.2
out of 45 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    4.3.20
  • Total Downloads:
    204,962
  • Date Added:
    Nov. 24, 2014
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    105.46MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    1,015
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:

Editors' Review

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VirtualBox is a professional-grade, open-source virtualization software. If you're not happy with the virtualization options available to you in the paid software marketplace, then exploring VirtualBox might be for you.

Pros

Range of supported systems: VirtualBox is available on all the major operating systems. This allows you to take advantage of open-source virtualization whether your platform is Mac, Windows, Linux, or Solaris. You can then run most versions of Windows, DOS, Linux, or Solaris as a virtual system.

Lots of info: One of the typical advantages of open-source software is that the user community creates a wide range of help and technical documents to assist people in the software's operation. VirtualBox is no exception, and there is ample documentation available to anyone who needs help with their VirtualBox setup.

Cons

Operating system integration: The paid virtualization solutions have much better integration between the host system and the guest operating system. For instance, using VMWare or Parallels, you can drag and drop files from one system to the other. You can't do that with VirtualBox.

Lack of active support: Virtualization software is complicated and can easily have things go wrong with it. When this happens with a product that you're paying for, you have access to a lot of hands-on technical support. That doesn't exist with open-source products. If you run into a conflict, you'll be stuck trying to sort it out on your own.

Bottom Line

If you're highly technical and capable of using online resources to troubleshoot and configure your own software, then VirtualBox could work for you. On the other hand, if you need a fully-packaged solution with good support, VirtualBox might be too tricky.

 
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User Reviews
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1 stars

"Worst pile of rubbish i've ever used"

December 19, 2014

 |  Version: VirtualBox 4.3.20

Pros

None, it won't load any OS at all.

Cons

Slow
Doesn't load any operating system
WIll waste hours of your life and still wont work

Summary

Stear clear of this rubbish piece of software - you get what you pay for. It simply doesn't work and doesnt do anything. Be prepared to blow 10+ hours just to get 1 os to load on it if you want to use it and even then it still doesn't work half the time.

Made by amateurs and it shows.

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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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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 4.3.20
  • VMM: fixed reboot hang of 32-bit Windows SMP guests
  • VMM: proper Math Fault handling with certain legacy guests
  • VMM: fixed a Guru Meditation VINF_EM_TRIPLE_FAULT on older CPUs that don't support MSR-bitmaps
  • GUI: fix 3D overlay window re-parenting issue when VM goes to full screen mode on X11 hosts.
  • GUI: fix occasional loss of focus in full-screen mode on X11 host systems (4.3.16 regression)
  • GUI: Mac OS X: wizards should have Cancel button
  • GUI: added a global option to prevent automatic raising of the new window by mouse move with multi-screen guests
  • API: accept remote display port 0 as the default RDP port
  • VBoxManage: fixed crash when executing showvminfo command under certain circumstances
  • ACPI: fixed occasional Guru Meditations in ACPI timer code (4.3.18 regression)
  • EFI: improved performance of IDE disk access
  • EFI: fixed a bug in the EFI video driver which prevented Windows to boot in UEFI mode
  • EFI: properly announce the amount of RAM for big VMs
  • Storage: fixed a crash under certain circumstances when a medium was ejected from a drive attached to the SATA controller without inserting a new medium before pausing or closing the VM (4.3.16 regression)
  • Storage: fixed an interrupt acknowledge issue causing hanging guests or slower I/O (4.3.18 regression)
  • Storage: fixed broken resume after the VM was suspended due to a full disk if host I/O caching is used
  • Storage: fixed a Guru Meditation under certain conditions when using the DevLsiLogic controller with VMs running in raw mode
  • Guest Control: fixed a bug which might lead to a crash during recursive copy
  • SDK: Java COM bindings fixes
  • iPXE: enable the HTTP download protocol
  • Runtime: do not use a fixed stack size creating temporary threads during initialization
  • Windows hosts: fixed more startup problems on certain Windows hosts due to conflicts with anti-virus software; better error reporting (4.3.14 regression)
  • Windows hosts: fixed DirectSound host audio failure under certain conditions
  • Windows hosts: fixed additional cases of 4.3.14 regression whereby AltGr stopped working for some people
  • Windows Additions: preserve guest monitor layout when resizing Windows 7 or newer guests
General
Publisher Oracle
Publisher web site http://www.oracle.com
Release Date November 21, 2014
Date Added November 24, 2014
Version 4.3.20
Category
Category Utilities & Operating Systems
Subcategory System Utilities
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP, Windows 2000, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 105.46MB
File Name VirtualBox-4.3.20-96996-Win.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 204,962
Downloads Last Week 1,015
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License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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