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Running different operating systems on a single computer is easy with Virtualbox

By Gfx Syne

On Thursday, November 26, 2015

Virtualbox has solved the problem for those who face software compatibility issues because of their OS. Virtualbox is a virtualization software which allows computers to run different guest operating systems from the Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X family to name a few. It is ideal for those who want to run a program that is not available on their primary operating system (also called a host operating system).

For example, if you want to play a PC game on a Mac and do not want to install Windows via Bootcamp, you can use Virtualbox to run Windows. So it’s just like having another computer running a different operating system, the only difference being that it occurs in a virtual space. Virtualbox can also be configured to run the OS from a USB drive. This sort of virtualization is more convenient for many people because it’s as simple as plug and run.

Pros

  • Ability to run programs from different OS
  • Runs faster as compared to VMware servers

Cons

  • Running Windows as guest OS on non-Windows host OS can reduce performance
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QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

For what are you going to use the program?
  • Test app on OS windows 10 profestional insider preview. Click on the download button above, then on Accept into the browsers pop-up box! OK

  • i need this software to be able to install youwave in my computer so that i can experience the feel of android users by using only computers

  • linux os workstation installation in windows 8.1. want to build tow virtual machine in virtual box so as to perform all the networking operations on machines

  • now i wil create project for my company and i would like to install and test virtual box in my computer.please give me this software and help another case.

  • i want to instal win xp as I have some obsolete softwares that run only on windows xp and I really need them for my studies at the university

What do you like most about this program?
  • I never use it but I know it is one of the best software . As a computer geek I want to try it by installing many OS other than Windows. Hope Linux can open my eye wider.

  • coz its easy way of in stalling multiple operating system and it makes my programing work easy. and switching to anothers os dont req resart

  • I want to download virtual box additions and upgrade it to the newest and latest version 4.3.To avoid the cursor being captured when working with my system.

Review

VirtualBox is Oracle’s latest software that brings its users the possibility of installing a new operating system inside the current one. This simulation is known as a “Virtual Machine” and is very useful for testing any kind of software in different systems on just one computer, among other possible uses. Formerly developed by Sun Microsystems since Oracle has acquired the company, VirtualBox has been updated from time to time, fixing bugs and offering support for functions that weren't available before.

Despite VirtualBox being free, its professional quality is undoubtedly good. The virtualization of an additional OS is very similar to other tools like VMware, but we have observed that it is a little faster compared to that client. One of the benefits of this software is that it is open-source, and that means that new versions are periodically launched whenever a problem is detected by the community.

Different Operating Systems in just one computer

The installation of a new virtual machine with VirtualBox is very easy thanks to the wizard included and its simple steps. To do this, you will need to establish an additional memory source for storing data, but that is not a problem anymore since VirtualBox supports a high number of virtual drive formats. Once you finally get your VM installed, this software offers different possibilities for your system, such as creating a VPS hosting services (Virtual Private Server) or just installing programs without dirtying your main OS.

Great performance

VirtualBox may be a little “hardware hungry” since it will require a proportion of your computer’s resources, but it will take good care of it. The memory it requests by default is high for every virtual machine you want to install, but in return its performance is really good. You can experience some performance issues if you don’t configure your VM properly, so as a piece of advice is that using the recommended settings for the OS you want will make it work really well.

As long as you have a viable ISO image and proper license for that, you can install operating systems such as FreeBDS, Ubuntu, OpenSolaris, Debian, and even Windows. VirtualBox ensures its correct performance for general-purpose use. The application now includes controllers for Virtual USB devices, USB over DRP, and even enables Remote Desktop control.

One of its most popular uses, as we noted earlier, is VPS hosting management. By doing this you can save efforts and resources by having a server of your own instead of dedicated physical servers. The creation of these hosting servers grants you more utilities for your own personal system, taking advantage of its hardware to carry out advanced projects. There are additional tools available for this application that can be obtained through further downloads.

VirtualBox 5.0.16 Features

These are the unique functions and features of VirtualBox:

  • Use two different operating systems at the same time, one inside the other, by using the Seamless mode
  • VirtualBox supports 3D graphics, USB devices,as well as several virtual disk images from other applications such as Parallel Desktop
  • Allows complete communication between the main and the guest OS, being able to share folders and to use the Internet to download files with its Port Forwarding option
  • You can group several VMs you have created to manage them much better than just one by one
  • The virtual guest systems work as if they were installed on the original computer, carrying advanced task such as VPS servers, heavy data processing, or software tests, among other functions
  • You can configure the new systems to be bootable once the desktop OS starts automatically
  • It allows changing of settings of the new VM during runtime to manage it any time you need

If you want to learn more about this software before downloading it, you are free to check its developers’ site.

Available Operating Systems in this software
Available Operating Systems in this software

System Requirements

These are the requirements for your computer to run VirtualBox:

  • Operating system: Windows XP, Linux, kernel 2.6 system, Mac OS X or later
  • CPU: Pentium 4 or equivalent
  • Memory: 512 MB RAM
  • HDD: 147 MB free space on disk