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Which Is Better VirtualBox Or VMware Workstation 9

  1. #11


    Orbiting the Moon
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    Windows 10 x64


    Quote Originally Posted by Narayan View Post
    OK, Thank you all for helping and I am ready to use Oracle VM VirtualBox.
    But does anyone know how to enable EFI support on VBox?

    Thank You............
    You didn't read my post well:
    For now, EFI on VBox is experimental and works for Linux and Macs guests only.

    There is nothing more to enable, you have a efi checkbox in the system setting of the vm.

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  2. #12


    Orbiting the Moon
    Posts : 2,975
    Windows 10 x64


    I've covered UEFI VM's a while ago.
    To notice:
    VBox suports EFI Linux and Mac guests, Workstation support them too + Windows ones.
    What Worstation does can the free Player as well, since the same VMX 'engine' is at work. You basically have less features in Player but with more VM editing you can enable EFI as well.

    If you want to test a Windows EFI VM with the free VMware Player see this:
    VMware Player with UEFI

    Regards
    Hopachi
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  3. #13


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


    Hi there
    These sort of questions are exceptionally difficult to answer as there might actually be no correct answer. People have their preferences too -- so why not TRY both (VMware's vplayer is FREE as well as VBOX). To create a bootable VM using either program on decent hardware won't take you more than around 15 mins anyway and trying both systems out for real will give you enough experience to learn the intricacies of both systems.

    Suffice to say VMWARE's offerings can create a UEFI boot VM even on a non UEFI HOST. You can also create a 64 BIT VM on a 32 bit HOST (assuming the VT technology is enabled --it usually is in modern hardware). Note though HOST and GUEST can only use a max of 4GB RAM if the Host is running a32 BIT OS. - I've tested W8.1 64 bit as a VM on an XP HOST machine !!.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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  4. #14


    Posts : 103
    Windows 8.1 64 Bit


    I prefer VMware Player, in my experience it's way faster than Virtualbox, uses less memory and has better graphics support.

    I have used Virtualbox until VMware Player implemented creation of new Virtual Machines
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  5. #15


    Orbiting the Moon
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    Windows 10 x64


    Quote Originally Posted by derek10 View Post
    I prefer VMware Player, in my experience it's way faster than Virtualbox, uses less memory and has better graphics support.

    I have used Virtualbox until VMware Player implemented creation of new Virtual Machines
    A good choice because it's also easy to use.

    However the less memory thing is not entirely true:
    The Player's GUI (32bit) uses indeed less memory than VBox's GUI (64bit) but despite this few gained megabytes, a 2GB VM is a 2GB VM on both programs.
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  6. #16


    A Finnish ex-pat in Leipzig, Germany
    Posts : 1,452
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    About EFI: Hyper-V latest version which is included in Windows 8.1 Pro Preview supports Second Generation virtual machines which in its turn supports UEFI, Secure Boot, SCSI boot and PXE boot for guest machines running Windows 8 Pro x64 or Server 2012.

    Click image for larger version

    Kari
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