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Which Virtual Machine Software do you prefer?


deepzero

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  1. 1. Which VirtualMachine do you prefer?

    • VirtualBox
      69
    • VMware
      109
    • VirtualPC
      11


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VirtualBox has no copy/paste for files which I need a lot, VirtualPC doesnt really support Linux.

VMWare is a little bloated but blazing-fast and has a nice workflow, plus it has a few nice features not in the others, but you don't really need them.

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Error: VMware Workstation can not be installed this computer. VMware Workstation

requires features that are not present on your CPU. See the product release notes

for specific hardware and software requirements.

Supported Processors

The host system must have a 64-bit x86 CPU that meets the following requirements.

n

LAHF/SAHF support in long mode

n

1.3GHz or faster core speed

Multiprocessor systems are supported.

When you install Workstation, the installer performs checks to make sure the host system has a supported

processor. You cannot install Workstation if the host system does not meet the processor requirements.

looks like i`ll stick with VPC after all...

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Yes, its a 64bit only application now, if your CPU supports virtual machine extensions. They probably did this to remove legacy code and to improve virtual machine hardware.

By far VMWare is best of the bunch...

Ted.

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VirtualBox has no copy/paste for files which I need a lot, VirtualPC doesnt really support Linux.

VMWare is a little bloated but blazing-fast and has a nice workflow, plus it has a few nice features not in the others, but you don't really need them.

VirtualBox does have copy-paste; just install the VirtualBox Guest Additions.

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I use all of them normally.

Virtual PC seems to be OK, at least running on XP. I use it for testing W98, W2K and WXP systems. It allows copy/paste, drag/drop, and no problem with hardware breakpoints. However, running on W7 is not as good, I don't like it at all.

VirtualBox is also good, but some bugs can appear randomly, that is, copy/paste at a certain time stops of working. Drag/drop, when? I'm afraid not yet...

Today I saw my screen a little shifted to the right, and it was supposed to be full screen, so resetting the VM was the solution... Hardware breakpoints are supposed to work only with some kind of machines.

VMWare seems to be the winner, it runs fine on several OS, copy/paste & drag/drop working fine, and not problem with Hardware Breakpoints. It's the only of them not free, though.

By the way, nice thread...

Cheers

Nacho_dj

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If you got good hardware then go to VMware.

Lots of tools and features

That's the problem with software these days, Too many "Tools & Features" which creates an over bloated software with stuff the normal user will probably never use. If the time spent creating these "Features" was spent enhancing the main functionality it would be alot better. Anyway I use VirtualBox it just feels lighter....

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I've used both Virtual Box and Vmware I switched over to Vmware because not having a copy and past function killed my appetite for Vbox. However given a choice if virtual box had that copy and paste function I would use it in a heart beat. As of now I use VmWare Workstation 8 even though its bloated but supports a majority of the OS' I wish to run on it hard decision which to use though.

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VirtualBox, I just set several shared drives up, I don't get what the copy+paste files thing is about. VBox seems very fast and does more than what I require, never given me trouble, plus it seems to be the least detectable (if you uninstall extensions and such) of the VMs as it's x86 implementation is lacking some common VM quirks.

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I used VMWare with custom configuration and some stuff who prevent system modification on real machines...

custom configuration? share please..

btw i use vmware to here

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custom configuration? share please..

btw i use vmware to here

Like edting vmx to enable 3d, some advance features which are disabled by default. and modding the vmware(illegal) enabling it to load different bioses etc.

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MS Virtual PC (with WinXP) = for "every day tasks" - simple, fast to start/revert to snasphot.

But it only has single snapshot.

So for more advanced tasks = VMWare Workstation - advanced network / USB (with some loader - even USB boot) and most importantly - multi-level snapshoting capability (very usefull when analyzing malware)..

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does vmare allow mac os x guest to run full screen on wide monitors (1600x900x32) VB doesn't yet

Yes. I have it automatically adjusting to host window size or full screen at 1920 x 1080...

Ted.

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I voted for VirtualBox because it works great, is small in size (compared to VMWare over 5x smaller installer wise), simple and quick design, and the site lets me download it unlike VirtualPC which gives me the "You are not eligible to download Windows XP Mode. You must have Windows 7 Professional, Enterprise, or Ultimate to run Windows XP Mode." speach. And to download just the VirtualPC itself it wants me to install their license verification software which I do have a valid license I just don't see the need for this. I used to always use VMWare but apparently is has become very commercial and the site has gotten very complex with all their options you have to fill out all kinds of stuff just to get an eval version. Installing VMWare, which is the size of some operating systems, then running along with two others is just two much for me. Their functionality is great but it, for me, is like comparing Acrobat Reader to FoxIt reader. Depends on what you want and what will install I guess lol.

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