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Oracle VirtualBox on windows 8

  1. #11


    Posts : 835
    Win 8.1 Pro


    For those that might be interested in trying it out....

    Portable-VirtualBox | Download of Portable-VirtualBox

    For the record I am testing Win8 Pro 64 in Portable Vbox on Win8 Pro 64 host

    Edit: Yep. it works
    Last edited by Tepid; 06 Feb 2013 at 19:49.

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  2. #12


    Orbiting the Moon
    Posts : 2,975
    Windows 10 x64


    Quote Originally Posted by Tepid View Post
    For those that might be interested in trying it out....

    Portable-VirtualBox | Download of Portable-VirtualBox

    For the record I am testing Win8 Pro 64 in Portable Vbox on Win8 Pro 64 host

    Edit: Yep. it works
    Thanks for confirming.

    What does the portable one offer as extras? Nothing. It's just one or two minor versions behind.

    I've tried that in the past, it worked (on my PC), and there is no technical difference because you use the same (Oracle) binaries.
    So if one has (hardware - compatibility?) problems on the host with one version, it will have the same problems with the portable version as well.

    VirtualBox portable or not it's the same deal: the installed version doesn't add any services to the host OS just core drivers.
    In order for the portable version to use the same functionality as the installed one (USB, network) you will need admin support to add the drivers to the system.

    So the advantage of the portable edition is that it can run anywhere from usb as long as we use the basic settings without USB and host networking.
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  3. #13


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    Win 8.1 Pro


    Right. But the beauty if it is the fact you can run it from USB. Keep versions of os's for testing software and other things.
    It's not perfectly stable, but it's not a crash fest either. It works for specific reasons. Mostly for testing.
    I wouldn't use it for production though.

    Thanks for adding all the additional info.
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  4. #14


    Orbiting the Moon
    Posts : 2,975
    Windows 10 x64


    Quote Originally Posted by Tepid View Post
    Right. But the beauty if it is the fact you can run it from USB. Keep versions of os's for testing software and other things.
    It's not perfectly stable, but it's not a crash fest either. It works for specific reasons. Mostly for testing.
    I wouldn't use it for production though.

    Thanks for adding all the additional info.
    Alright. No problem.
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  5. #15


    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Glad we could help Tony. Please let us know how it went.
    Hello Brink,

    Everything is up and running now thanks, on my old set up I was running Microsoft Virtual PC for the older systems and VirtualBox for the newer.

    I could import the Windows 3.1/Dos, windows 95/98/ME/XP machines using the VMware Vcentre Convertor to run in VMware. Windows 7 I had to reinstall as it was set up using VirtualBox and Vcentre Convertor won't convert it. My current Win 8 I have also converted in to a VM using Vcentre Convertor using the "powered on machine" option, this is where I will test tweaks and modifications that I'm not sure of.

    Before I deleted my old Vista setup from the hard drive to make room I ran a True Image backup of it just in case Windows 8 didn't work out, I've spent all day doing this but I now have my old Vista PC running in a Virtual Machine as well.

    Vcentre Convertor won't work with the version of True Image I have (2013) so what I did was to convert the True Image file (*.tib) to a Microsoft back up file (*.VHD) from the True Image program. I installed Microsoft Virtual PC to my laptop which runs Windows 7, I then copied the *.VHD file to the laptop, set up a Vista virtual machine on the laptop (it wouldn't run for some reason). I then copied the MS Virtual PC VM file Vista.VMC (which was from making the Vista VM) back to my main computer and put it in a folder with the Vista.VHD file.

    The last step was to re open Vcentre Converter and use the convert machine option and pointed it to the Vista.VMC file that was in a folder with the Vista.VHD file that I copied from the laptop. Sound a bit confusing but it's all up and running.

    Now on to my next project!!

    Thanks for your advise.

    Tony
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  6. #16


    Hafnarfjörður IS
    Posts : 4,376
    Linux Centos 7, W8.1, W7, W2K3 Server W10


    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Hello Tony,

    Yes, it sure can, but you'll also need to download and install the free VMware vCenter Converter to use to convert the other virtual machine to the VMware format.

    The link below can help show you more about it.

    VMware vCenter Converter, Convert Physical Machines to Virtual Machines

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
    Hi Shawn (and others)

    Sometimes when the VMware converter doesn't work properly here's another trick to get the virtual machine into VMware format (this process is known as a V2V - Virtual to Virtual conversion).

    1) From inside the VM UNINSTALL VBOX additions. (Or if using other VM software such as Virtual PC uninstall the equivalent).

    2) Back up the vm image from INSIDE the VM when running on VBOX. Use a program like Acronis etc --all these stand alone imaging programs work fine. Backup to external disk. You can use a standalone version --simply boot the VM using the stand alone .ISO device.

    3) From VMware player use the wizard to Create Virtual machine -- say you will install the OS later in the checkbox but make sure you have enough "Virtual disks" to restore image created in 1).

    4) set the VM to boot from an ISO image where the ISO image is the stand alone version of your backup / restore version --I use Acronis but others are good. Use the Universal Restore option if you have it - this simply makes it easier when restoring images to different hardware. The VBOX virtual Bios contains different (but not very different) hardware to VMware.

    5) Restore your image

    6) Power on the VM -- it make BSOD the first / second time -- normally it doesn't -- but if it does simply boot with the recovery option.

    7) once it's booted install the VMware tools -- good to go now job done.

    I've done a few V2V conversion this way (also V2P -- Virtual to Physical) . I haven't always had luck with the VMware converter -- sometimes the VM will boot but the hardware gets screwed up like no Sound etc which even the VMware tools re-install doesn't fix. This method seems to work fine for me. - Incidentally this works flawlessly too for P2V conversions (Physical to Virtual) -- but of course here start from the PHYSICAL machine. !!! P2V is usually a simple process -- V2P is generally a bit more complex, while V2V should also be relatively straightforward.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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