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VirtualBox 6.1.2

Host a virtual operating system

by Mike Williams

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License: Open Source
Operating Systems: Linux, Mac OS X, Windows 10, Windows 7 (32 bit), Windows 7 (64 bit), Windows 8, Windows Vista (32 bit), Windows Vista (64 bit), Windows XP
Requirements:

Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 or higher

Languages: English, French, German
Software Cost: Free
Date Updated: 16 January 2020
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Downloads To Date: 97923
Developer: Oracle
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VirtualBox 6.1.0
Use a virtual operating system on your computer

Oracle VM VirtualBox is an industrial-strength open source virtualisation tool that makes it easy to create virtual machines (VMs), simulated computers that run on your PC but act as though they were separate systems. It's a powerful capability that has many different applications.

If you'd like a closer look at Windows 10 before you upgrade, for instance, then you could install Microsoft's latest in a VM, then access it in a window on your XP or Vista desktop.

Or maybe you've upgraded to Windows 10 and find a favourite old app doesn't work any more? Create a Windows XP VM and you might be able to run it again.

VirtualBox can also be a useful security tool: if you download and test apps in a VM, then any malware you might encounter will be isolated from your main system.

And it's the perfect choice if you want to try out another operating system with the minimum of hassle. Right now you can install Google Chrome OS, all the mainstream Linux variants (2.4 and 2.6), OpenBSD, OS/2, ReactOS, SkyOS, DOS, and just about every version of Windows there's ever been. (Of course you'll need to have the system discs to hand.)

VirtualBox 6 included an interface redesign, making it easier to view and manage your virtual machines. VM displays can now be scaled, so you can reduce a window size by half (for instance) and still see everything that's going on. The ability to limit a VM's CPU and IO time means the program will be less of a drain on your system's resources, and there are a host of other performance optimisations and bug fixes available.

What's new in VirtualBox 6.1.2 (see changelog for more)?

- Virtualization core: fixed performance issue observed with Windows XP guests on AMD hosts (6.0.0 regression; bug #19152)
- Virtualization core: consistent IBRS/IBPB CPUID feature reporting, avoids crash of NetBSD 9.0 RC1 installer (bug #19146)
- GUI: fixed updating of runtime info
- GUI: in Display settings, do not show "2D video acceleration" checkbox if it is meaningless for the selected graphics adapter
- Audio: fixed audio input handling when VRDE is enabled
- Audio: fixed crash in the HDA emulation when using multi-speaker configurations
- Storage: fixed use of encrypted disks with snapshots involved (6.1.0 regression; bug #19160)
- Storage: improve performance of virtio-scsi
- Storage: read-only support for compressed clusters in QCOW2 images
- Windows installer: include unintentionally dropped vbox-img.exe utility again
- Windows host: when installing or removing an extension pack, retry the sometimes failing directory renaming (usually caused by anti-virus software accessing the directory)
- Linux host: Support Linux 5.5 (guest additions not yet)
- Windows guest: accelerate 2D video decoding (scaling and color space conversion) if the VM is configured to use VBoxSVGA with 3D enabled
- Windows guest: fix guest additions installer to upgrade the mouse filter driver reliably
- Windows guest: when uninstalling older Guest Additions with old 3D support enabled try restoring original Direct3D files
- Linux guest: improve resize and multi-monitor handling for VMs using VMSVGA (known remaining issue: do not disable a monitor "in the middle", causes confusion)

Verdict:

This professional quality virtualization package must be one of the most powerful open source tools around

Your Comments & Opinion
 

Win 7 the latest?

Posted by: Ed Baxter, 12 April 2013 15:56

Win 8 has been available for 6 mths or so now in Beta/RTM/Eval forms plus the Released version.

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Hi Ed, not sure what you mean? Windows 8 is listed as a supported operating system?

Concering "Virtually nothing"

Posted by: Curt Folstrom, 22 January 2012 18:14

Well, if you had really read what Virtialbox was used for, you wouln't have wasted your time. Its difficult to see how you mistook a an operating system virtualisation tool for a cd / dvd rom emulator.

Virtually nothing

Posted by: MeMyselfI, 28 December 2011 19:00

Downloaded and installed this as a replacemnt
for Daemon Lite. Wish I hadn't - Ive wasted a lot of time trying to figure out how to use it. No simple straightforward instructions - all I want to do is mount an iso file! The usual FAQ section from a software developer who wants you to do all the hard work! I'd be REALLY peeved if I had paid for this!

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