Run a virtual machine with a different OS


Download VirtualBox 4.3.20 Build 96996VirtualBox 4.3.20 Build 96996Date added: November, 22nd 2014 - Open Source

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Oracle VM VirtualBox is one of the most powerful tools that can be used create one or more virtual machines on a single computer, enabling both professionals and users who have just a little technical knowledge to easily create their own completely localized and sandboxed version of operating system running in the window of the Windows OS. This can be used for testing different operating systems, various applications, live projects that need to be checked for compatibility, malicious software and the ways how to remove them, and everything else that user can do inside fully working operating system.

Anyone who tries VirtualBox (which is available for free as an open source project) will be able to have full control over the visualization process of that new OS, with full control over their standalone components, emulations of hard drives (IDE, SCSI, SATA and SAS controllers), hard drive partitions, USB sticks, sound cards, network adapters and more, all present to enable developers and ordinary users to have completely streamlined way of managing virtual machines.

Since its first appearance in 2007, VirtualBox dramatically expanded its capabilities, dramatically expanding the number of emulated hardware and features it support. Today it can work on x86 and AMD64/Intel64-based computers and can emulate almost every modern OS – Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7, Windows, Linux, MacOS X, Solaris, Open Solaris and with little tweaks Free BSD.  Recently, VirtualBox adopted the use of WDDM driver that enabled for the first time limited use of Direct3D and full Windows Aero support.

Some of the features of Oracle VM VirtualBox are:

Modularity. VirtualBox has an extremely modular design with well-defined internal programming interfaces and a client/server design. This makes it easy to control it from several interfaces at once: for example, you can start a virtual machine in a typical virtual machine GUI and then control that machine from the command line, or possibly remotely. VirtualBox also comes with a full Software Development Kit: even though it is Open Source Software, you don't have to hack the source to write a new interface for VirtualBox.

Virtual machine descriptions in XML. The configuration settings of virtual machines are stored entirely in XML and are independent of the local machines. Virtual machine definitions can therefore easily be ported to other computers.

Guest Additions for Windows, Linux and Solaris. Oracle VM VirtualBox has special software that can be installed inside Windows, Linux and Solaris virtual machines to improve performance and make integration much more seamless. Among the features provided by these Guest Additions are mouse pointer integration and arbitrary screen solutions (e.g. by resizing the guest window). There are also guest additions for OS/2 with somewhat reduced functionality.

Shared folders. Like many other virtualization solutions, for easy data exchange between hosts and guests, VirtualBox allows for declaring certain host directories as "shared folders", which can then be accessed from within virtual machines.

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