VirtualBox

VirtualBox

Download Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
4.2
out of 48 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    4.3.28
  • Total Downloads:
    228,212
  • Date Added:
    May 14, 2015
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    106.12MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    1,692
  • 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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4 stars

"A good alternative for running Windows on Mac OSX"

April 02, 2015  |  By Tony Hadland

 |  Version: VirtualBox 4.3.26

Pros

Free of charge and doesn't require £35 or so to be paid every other time Apple update their OS. I've used both market-leading commercial emulators, which have varied over time as to which was the better bet for me. I've now got fed up with having repeatedly to re-buy Parallels due to it no longer working with new free versions of OSX. After some fiddling about, I found I could run Windows XP in three different modes on Mavericks. It's good enough for my purposes.

Cons

More difficult to install than commercial offerings but worth persevering with.

Summary

Well worth a try but does require fine tuning on the part of the user. You don't need to be super-techie but installing this is not really for those shy of IT.

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1 stars

"JUNK FULL BUGS !!! (MAYBE WE MUST TO BUY IT ?!!!)"

March 26, 2015  |  By alex3518

 |  Version: VirtualBox 4.3.26

Pros

VirtualBox-4.3.26-98988-Win is unyble to install any 64 bit app or OS !!!

Cons

Forget it, I try to many times and always same issue !!!

Summary

Keep far away from all fro Oracle, especially VBOX !!!

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5 stars

"Works fine in you know what to do"

February 12, 2015  |  By zoorick

 |  Version: VirtualBox 4.3.20

Pros

The basic tool for using a virtual OS. Certainly it requires some resources from your computer, so don't expect high performance on a low-end device.

Cons

You need some basic VB knowledge to configure it first.

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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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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 4.3.28

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

  • VMM: fixed a Guru Meditation when rebooting certain guests (for example Solaris doing fast reboot) by fixing the implementation for INIT IPI
  • VMM: added some information for diagnosing rare VERR_VMX_INVALID_VMXON_PTR Guru Meditations (VT-x only)
  • GUI: HID LEDs sync: prevent synchronization if VM window has no focus (Windows and Mac OS X hosts only)
  • GUI: fixed drag and drop moving the cursor between guest screens on certain hosts
  • 3D: fixed a crash on restoring the VM state on X11 hosts
  • 3D: fixed a crash on Linux guest shutdown
  • VRDP: fixed incompatibility with rdesktop 1.8.3
  • VRDP: fixed listening for IPv6 on some systems
  • Storage: don't crash if creating an asynchronous I/O context fails (e.g. when starting many VMs) and show a proper error message
  • Floppy: several fixes
  • Audio: improved the behavior of the volume control for the HD audio device emulation
  • USB: increase the number of supported drivers from 3 to 5 (Windows hosts only)
  • PS/2 keyboard: synchronize the LED state on VM restore (Windows and Mac OS X hosts only)
General
Publisher Oracle
Publisher web site http://www.oracle.com
Release Date May 13, 2015
Date Added May 14, 2015
Version 4.3.28
Category
Category Utilities & Operating Systems
Subcategory System Utilities
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 106.12MB
File Name VirtualBox-4.3.28-100309-Win.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 228,212
Downloads Last Week 1,692
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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