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Will VirtualBox Work on My PC

  1. #11


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    VMware Player is free. https://my.vmware.com/web/vmware/fre...are_player/6_0

    Only for the PLUS features you need a key. I never needed those - I don't even know what they are.

    Here is how I run Windows 8.1 on a Windows 7 host. Windows 7 and 8 side by side - YouTube

    The other way around is the same thing.

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  2. #12


    Posts : 35
    Windows 8 64 Bit


    I might as well go and try VMWare Player then. I've seen a video on how to install it on Win8 so I should be fine ni will the. See if I can use virtualbox or something but I'll try VMWare out and see if it works. Thanks for the feedback from all of you and I'll let you know how well it goes
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  3. #13


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    Here is an installation tutorial that Shawn made. Same thing for Windows 7 on 8.1 or 8.

    VMware Player - Install Windows 8
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  4. #14


    Running VBox on my Asus G75VW notebook with 8.1 and prior to that 8.0 with no problems at all.

    Jeff
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  5. #15


    Posts : 35
    Windows 8 64 Bit


    Quote Originally Posted by Jf1450 View Post
    Running VBox on my Asus G75VW notebook with 8.1 and prior to that 8.0 with no problems at all.

    Jeff
    Kk thanks for the feedback
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  6. #16


    Orbiting the Moon
    Posts : 2,975
    Windows 10 x64


    VirtualBox runs fine here on 8.1 too.

    I've had issues with the latest 4.3.6 where I had errors like "failed to create com object" at launch (needed to click 5 times to launch the VM manager) but now I'm back to 4.2.22 and it's pretty stable.
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  7. #17


    Posts : 35
    Windows 8 64 Bit


    All I really want to know mostly is if VirtaulBox will crash my host machine. I've seen other topics with Win8 Pro failing to boot but I know that Pro comes with Hyper-V which could cause the boot failure. Since I don't have Win8 Pro or Hyper-V I just need to know if VirtualBox will cause my laptop to boot fail as well since I use Win8. I find VMWare a little complicit later even after watching tutorials (I haven't installed VMWare or VBox yet) and I've used VBox on my old Win Vista which had terrible hardware but VBox seemed to work well on it. Also VBox seems to allocate less RAM to certain VMs.
    E.G. VBox would allocate 512MB RAM to Win2008 but VMWare would allocate 1GB. And the minimum hard drive reqs in VBox for Win2008 is 25GB whereas VMWare is 40GB. Setting up the hard drive is much easier in VBox as well with the options Dynamically Allocated and Fixed Size Storage. I know that VMWare allows you to mount ISOs and set up product keys and user accounts, but I prefer to do those later on during the setup process
    VBox is what I want mainly as its free and easy to use. I only saw like 1 or 2 tutorials on VBox and I was up and running in no time.
    If VBox works on Win8 I'm fine. That's all I want really for VBox to work in Win8 fluently without causing boot failures to my PC. If anyone can show me a video or something of this then I will use VBox again
    I'm sorry that this is a really long post but I find this is the only way I could get my point across
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  8. #18


    Orbiting the Moon
    Posts : 2,975
    Windows 10 x64


    VirtualBox works in a Windows 8 host. A couple of releases have passed since the noticeable issues on this OS were encountered. Now it's fine for the latest versions. I'm using VBox as we speak. In time you'll discover that 1CPU VM's with no graphic acceleration will be the most stable ones.

    It's up to you how much you assign as virtual ram and disks. The defaults are just there but will not always be the best choices depending on VM usage.

    As I said, I cannot consider the latest version stable because it crashed and failed to start a couple of times on my system but that's just me and it depends on the hardware as well. The question if it works well on your pc will be harder to answer unless someone has another pc just like yours to confirm it: just install and test it out.

    You definitely won't get any boot failures. VirtualBox doesn't install ANY services or start-up items whatsoever and consumes less resources compare to VMware. VMWare Player has on the other hand an easier install and use process for beginners (not to mention better tools + graphics) but if you clicked a few times in VBox and are used to speed and simplicity you'll get that going for sure.

    For example now I use a custom built OSE version of 4.2.22 with the new UI icons from 4.3 (for the fun) and I didn't had any problems so far.
    Talking for the current versions: If you have issues with 4.3.6 (there are more bugs to expect since it's newer) go to 4.2.22. The 22 minor updates brought some stability to that version, that's a fact.
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  9. #19


    Posts : 35
    Windows 8 64 Bit


    Quote Originally Posted by Hopachi View Post
    VirtualBox works in a Windows 8 host. A couple of releases have passed since the noticeable issues on this OS were encountered. Now it's fine for the latest versions. I'm using VBox as we speak. In time you'll discover that 1CPU VM's with no graphic acceleration will be the most stable ones.

    It's up to you how much you assign as virtual ram and disks. The defaults are just there but will not always be the best choices depending on VM usage.

    As I said, I cannot consider the latest version stable because it crashed and failed to start a couple of times on my system but that's just me and it depends on the hardware as well. The question if it works well on your pc will be harder to answer unless someone has another pc just like yours to confirm it: just install and test it out.

    You definitely won't get any boot failures. VirtualBox doesn't install ANY services or start-up items whatsoever and consumes less resources compare to VMware. VMWare Player has on the other hand an easier install and use process for beginners (not to mention better tools + graphics) but if you clicked a few times in VBox and are used to speed and simplicity you'll get that going for sure.

    For example now I use a custom built OSE version of 4.2.22 with the new UI icons from 4.3 (for the fun) and I didn't had any problems so far.
    Talking for the current versions: If you have issues with 4.3.6 (there are more bugs to expect since it's newer) go to 4.2.22. The 22 minor updates brought some stability to that version, that's a fact.
    This was mainly the info that I was seeking. I usually do expect bugs anyway with newer versions of programs and apps, as a lot of this happens on my iPod. Although I find that sometimes the bugs aren't actually notable, they are there. Taken by the fact of 4.2.22, I'll try that one out instead of 4.3.6, just to be safe. Also, I was comparing my hardware specs with your ones just to see who had better hardware, and your hardware is much better than mine, so taken by that, I'll try 4.2.22 to use it. Also, I'm happy that my Win8 won't fail on boot, and that's the most important factor I needed to know. Thank you ever so much for your help, and I'll report back with the results
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  10. #20


    Orbiting the Moon
    Posts : 2,975
    Windows 10 x64


    Quote Originally Posted by ratchetgame98 View Post
    I'll try 4.2.22 to use it. Also, I'm happy that my Win8 won't fail on boot, and that's the most important factor I needed to know. Thank you ever so much for your help, and I'll report back with the results
    You're welcome.

    Good luck trying it out.
    Make sure you have the CPU virtualization feature (VT-x) enabled in the BIOS, this will enhance the VM performance.
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