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VirtualBox

Download Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
4.2
out of 48 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    4.2.6
  • Total Downloads:
    241,231
  • Date Added:
    Dec. 20, 2012
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    111.49MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    1,230
  • 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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User Reviews
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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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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 4.2.6
Version 4.2.6 has fixed Guest Additions startup on Windows 2000 guests and auto-logon installation for Windows 8.
General
Publisher Oracle
Publisher web site http://www.oracle.com
Release Date December 19, 2012
Date Added December 20, 2012
Version 4.2.6
Category
Category Utilities & Operating Systems
Subcategory System Utilities
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 111.49MB
File Name VirtualBox-5.0.2-102096-Win.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 241,231
Downloads Last Week 1,230
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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