VirtualBox

VirtualBox

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

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    4.1.2
  • Total Downloads:
    201,894
  • Date Added:
    Aug. 15, 2011
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    105.46MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    2,630
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:

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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4 stars

"Decent alternative to Virtual C"

August 28, 2011  |  By depeg

 |  Version: VirtualBox 4.1.2

Pros

Works more seamlessly than VPC.

Cons

It is a bit challenging to initially configure.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 4.1.2
Version 4.1.2 has fixed fixed error check when changing the VM controller settings.
General
Publisher Oracle
Publisher web site http://www.oracle.com
Release Date August 15, 2011
Date Added August 15, 2011
Version 4.1.2
Category
Category Utilities & Operating Systems
Subcategory System Utilities
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP, Windows, Windows Vista, Windows 2000
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 105.46MB
File Name VirtualBox-4.3.20-96996-Win.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 201,894
Downloads Last Week 2,630
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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