VirtualBox Tips and Reports
Tips and issues running Windows with VirtualBox on a Mac
Updated March 6, 2013
Oracle's VirtualBox for Mac OS X is virtualization software for running Windows and Linux on Intel-based Macs. VirtualBox is free software based on GPL open-source code. VirtualBox was original from a German company called Innotek, which Sun Micrsosystems acquired in February 2008. Oracle then acquired Sun. Like Parallels Desktop and VMware Fusion, the VirtualBox Beta can run Windows Vista, supports USB, and can be scripted from the command line. VirtualBox also supports VMDK virtual disk format used by VMware. Innotek shipped its first commercial versions of VirtualBox for Windows and Linux this in January 2007.
Sun had plans for VirtualBox (Sun Hopes to Take VirtualBox Mainstream), which Oracle appears to be following.
For more MacWindows coverage of running Windows on Macs, including Parallels and VMware, click here.
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Oracle has released VirtualBox 4.2.8, a minor update to the virtualization software. The update fixes a number of bugs and improves some specific behaviors. The update includes fixes for a problem with causing a kernel panic when running a Mac OS X 10.6 host, and for several problems related to storing data to a hard drive. VirtualBox is available free for personal use, and is available for Mac OS X, Windows, Linux, and other host operating systems. It can (For more on VirtualBox, see Running Windows on Macs: A Comparison of Available Solutions.)
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Oracle has released VirtualBox 4.1.16, a maintenance update to the virtualization software for Mac OS X, Windows, Linux, and Solaris. The update fixes several bugs and addresses some issues with running Mountain Lion Developer Preview 3 in a virtual machine on a Mac OS X host. VirtualBox is free for personal use.
If you've tried VirtualBox 4.x what you think of it.
Monday, March 19, 2012
Oracle released VirtualBox 4.1.10, a maintenance update for the free-for-personal-use virtualization software for Mac OS X and other platforms. The update improves stability a fixes a number of small bugs. VirtualBox for Mac and run Windows, Linux, and other OS's in a virtual machine.
If you've used VirtualBox what you think of it.
Monday, August 22, 2011
Oracle has released VirtualBox 4.1.2, and updated to the virtualization software fro Mac OS X, Windows, Linux, and other operating systems. This maintenance release that fixes a number of bugs, including some problems with Windows running as a guest OS in virtual machine. VirtualBox is free for personal use.
If you've used this new version of VirtualBox what you think.
Monday, August 8, 2011
Oracle has released VirtualBox 4.1, a major release of the virtualization software for Mac OS X and other platforms. The update adds "experimental" support of WDDM graphics for Windows as a guest OS. This adds support for Direct3D and the Windows 7 and Vista Aero theme features, such as Windows Flip 3D, Aero Peek, and translucent objects. Aero support is one feature that VirtualBox lacked that other virtualization software for Mac supported.
Other new features include the ability to clone virtual machines and an enhanced wizard for creating new virtual disks. VirtualBox 4.1 also fixes a number of bugs. VirtualBox is free for personal use.
If you've used VirtualBox 4.1
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 -- Oracle has release VirtualBox 4.06, a maintenance release to the virtualization software for Mac, Windows, Linux, and Unix hosts. The update fixes a number of minor bugs, some specific to each host OS, and some common to all versions. VirtualBox is free for personal use. If you've used VirtualBox 4.06
Monday, February 21, 2011 -- Oracle released VirtualBox 4.0.4, a maintenance release of the virtualization software for Mac OS X, Windows, Linux, and other operating systems. The update fixes a number of minor bugs and issues. VirtualBox is free for personal and starts at US $50 per user for enterprise use. If you've used VirtualBox 4.0.4
Monday, January 24, 2011 -- Oracle has released VitualBox 4.02, a maintenance update to the virtualization package for Mac OS X, Windows, Linux, and Solaris. The update fixes several dozen bugs and issues, including crashes during various scenarios, as well as some minor usability issues. VirtualBox is free for personal and starts at US $50 per user for enterprise use. If you've tried this new version of VirtualBox
Wednesday, December 29, 2010 -- Oracle has released VirtualBox 4.0, a major new version of the virtualization software for Mac OS X, Windows, Linux, and Solaris hosts. The new version sports a revamped VirtualBox Manager, the window that displays a list of installed virtual machines, and makes improvements to networking and other virtual hardware, and usability enhancements, among other changes.VirtualBox 4.0 is free for personal use, and starts at US $50 per user for enterprise use.
VirtualBox Manager adds some of the features of the virtual machine lists in Parallels Desktop and VMWare Fusion. It now provides preview images of the current state of virtual machines. Users can sort the list and edit virtual machine settings from this window. VirtualBox 4 also makes it easier to create shortcuts to launch virtual machines from the Desktop, without having to open VirtualBox Manager......Read entire story here
Thursday, October 14, 2010 -- Oracle has release VirtualBox 3.2.10, a maintenance update of the virtualization software for running Windows, Linux, and Unix in Mac OS X and in other host operating systems. The update fixes several dozen bugs in areas including general computing, VGA and 3D graphics, audio, and shared folders. There's also a performance increase for virtual machines with more than 2 GB RAM allocated.
Note that there is an open-source edition, which does not include USB support, and a closed source edition, which has more features. Both are free for personal use. Use for enterprise (include tech support) is $50.
If you've tried VirtualBox what you think. Or, post a note in our new VirtualBox forum.
Friday, May 21, 2010 -- Oracle's VirtualBox 3.2.0 is the first virtualization software to add support for running Mac OS X in a virtual machine--and the first to be at odds with Apple restrictions on the use of the OS. The new version of VirtualBox adds "experimental" support for running Mac OS X as a guest OS on Apple hardware, a use that could violate Apple's end user license agreement (EULA). Apple's Mac OS X EULA permits only one copy of the operating system to be run on a Mac at one time--even with a 5-license Family Pack. The EULA for Mac OS X Server, however, has not had this restriction since Apple changed the Server EULA at the end of 2007......Read entire story here
Friday, April 2, 2010 -- Sun has released VirtualBox 3.1.6, a minor update to its free virtualization software for Mac OS X, Windows, Linux, and Solaris. The update fixes a number of bugs and issues that can cause crashes and other problems. If you've tried VirtualBox 3.1.6
Wednesday, December 23, 2009 -- Sun released VirtualBox 3.1.2, an update to the free virtualization software for Mac OS X, Windows, Linux, and Solaris. The update fixes bugs for these hosts, including for 3D video on Mac OS X. Sun calls 3.1.2 maintenance, whereas it referred to the previous version 3.1.0 as a major update. (See also Sun's change log page.)
Sunday, December 6, 2009 -- Sun has released VirtualBox 3.1, an update to its free virtualization software for Mac OS X (Intel Macs), Windows, Linux, and Solaris hosts. The new version includes several new features and several dozen bug fixes. A unique new feature is Teleportation, the ability to move a virtual machine over a network from one VirtualBox host to another -- while the virtual machine is running. The two host computers can be different operating systems, such as a Mac and a PC. This is a feature that is unique.
Windows running virtual machines now get 2D acceleration. VirtualBox 3.1 does not have the 3D acceleration features of VMware Fusion 3 and Parallels Desktop 5, and cannot display Aero features of Windows 7 and Vista.
VirtualBox 3.1 adds the ability for users to restore virtual machine states from any previously saved snapshot. Previously, VirtualBox could only restore from the most recent snapshot. Storage and networking is more flexible: users can attach CD/DVD drives to an arbitrary IDE controller, and there can be more than one such drive. Users can also change the network attachment type while the virtual machine is running. There's also experimental support for EFI.
Tuesday, June 30, 2009 -- Today Sun Microsystems released VirtualBox 3.0 for Mac OS X, Windows, and Unix/Linux host systems. The new version of the virtualization platform adds support for symmetric multi-processing, enhanced graphics, and enhanced support for USB storage and iPhones. The new version can also now support Window 7 and Windows Server 2008 as both guest and host operating systems. (Snow Leopard is not yet supported.)
Sun said that VirtualBox 3.0 is suitable for running servers with heavy workloads due to the symmetric multiprocessing. Although most virtualization products support SMP, VirtualBox enables users to assign up to 32 virtual processors to a single virtual machine. A Sun representative said that users can designate up two twice as many virtual CPUs in a virtual machine as there are real processing cores in the computer. Competing virtualization products allow up to 4 virtual processors per virtual machine.
VirtualBox 3.0 adds some graphics support that other virtualization packages have had. This includes Microsoft Direct3D support for Windows guest operating systems, which is common in gaming. VirtualBox 3.0 also adds OpenGL support for several different guest operating systems.
Sun also said that VirtualBox 3.0 supports a wider range of USB devices than earlier versions. This includes storage devices, iPods, and smart phones.
VirtualBox 3.0 is a free for personal use. For businesses and education, Sun provides subscription pricing starting at US $30 per user per year, and includes 24/7 tech support.
If you've used VirtualBox 3.0 what you think of it.
Thursday, May 7, 2009 -- Sun has released xVM VirtualBox 2.2.2, an update to its free, open source virtualization package for Mac OS X, Windows, and Unix/Linux. The new version adds support for the Open Virtualization Format (OVF) for importing and exporting virtual machines from VMware, XenSource and other virtualization environments.
The Mac version of VirtualBox 2.2.2 also adds preliminary support for running on Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, the next version of Mac OS X still under development by Apple. There are also a number of bug fixes, including a problem with cursors in Windows guests.
If you've used xVM VirtualBox 2.2.2 for Mac OS X
A Sun spokesperson said that this version of VirtualBox is the first to fully support Windows 7 Beta 1 as a guest operating system. Previously, however, MacWindows readers reported success with running Windows 7 in VirtualBox, though not without some limitations. The spokesperson also said that VirtualBox 2.1.2 supports more than 1,000 virtual machines per host operating system.
(See also Sun Hopes to Take VirtualBox Mainstream.)
If you've tried VirtualBox 2.1.1
Wednesday, December 17, 2008 -- A Sun Microsystems spokesperson told us that it will partner with a third party to release a commercial version of its xVM VirtualBox virtualization software in the US during the first quarter of next year. At the same time, the company today released the open source xVM VirtualBox 2.1, which includes performance enhancements that make it faster than Parallels Desktop and VMware Fusion, according to the spokesperson. xVM VirtualBox is currently a free download for Mac OS X, Windows, Linux, and other...
Monday, September 8, 2008 -- Last week Sun released xVM VirtualBox 2.0, a major new version of its free open source virtualization software for multiple host platforms, including Mac OS X, Windows, Linux, Solaris, and OpenSolaris. The new version adds support for 64-bit guest OS's, including Windows Vista 64-bit and RedHat Enterprise Linux, running on 64-bit hosts. Mac users get a new Leopard-native user interface and improved networking. (Sun has a complete list of major new features here.)
Sun also introduced a paid tech support plan called the Sun xVM VirtualBox Software Enterprise Subscription, starting at US$30 per users per year. The plan provides 24/7 tech support and a Right-to-Use License, which allows customers to deploy xVM VirtualBox using their own software deployment tools.
For more on Sun xVM VirtualBox, see our VirtualBox Tips and Reports page.
For more on Sun's plans for VirtualBox click here.
Friday, August 15, 2008 -- Sun has released VirtualBox 1.6.4, a bug-fix update for the free virtualization software for Mac OS X, Windows, Linux, and Solaris. The update fixes a number of bugs in networking and other areas, including issues with shared folders and with rdesktop RDP client and RDP server. It also fixes a bug that caused crashes when a USB device was unplugged in certain circumstances.
Tuesday, June 24, 2008 -- Sun has released VirtualBox 1.6.2, an update to its free virtualization software for Mac OS X and other operating systems. The update fixes a number of bugs, including network issues and crashing in Mac OS X under certain conditions.
VirtualBox can run Windows, Linux, Solaris, and other Unix operating systems. VirtualBox does not have the more advanced features of Parallels Desktop or VMware Fusion, such as being able to use the copy of Windows installed in a Boot Camp partition.
If you've tried VirtualBox what you think of it.
Tuesday, May 13, 2008 -- Sun Microsystems has released xVM VirtualBox 1.6 for Mac OS X, Windows, Sun Solaris, and Linux. This is the first Sun release of the open source virtualization environment since the company acquired VirtualBox and its developer, a German company called Innotek.
xVM VirtualBox 1.6 is available as a free download. The previous version from Innotek was called Beta 3; though Sun didn't indicate if it considers version 1.6 a "beta" or a finished release. xVM VirtualBox can run a variety of Windows and Unix/Linux releases on a Mac. Sun says that it will run anything from Windows 98 to Windows Vista, though drivers need to be installed manually in Vista.
Sun lists some features found in Parallels Desktop and VMware Fusion, such as the ability to display on application windows of the guest OS instead of the entire desktop. Also like other virtualization software, xVM VirtualBox 1.6 lets you move files between Mac OS X and Windows (or other guest OSs).
If you've tried xVM VirtualBox 1.6
VirtualBox Mac Beta 3 adds Leopard support. Wednesday, February 20, 2008 -- Innotek has released VirtualBox Mac Beta 3 (also called version 1.5.51), a new prerelease version of the virtualization software for running Windows and Linux on Intel-based Macs. The main new feature is that VirtualBox now runs in Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard. The previous betas were incompatible in Leopard and would crash. Also new is the addition of SoundBlaster 16 emulation. Previous betas did not have audio. The new beta also includes several dozen bug fixes.
For previous reports, see our VirtualBox Beta Tips and Reports page.
If you've tried VirtualBox Beta 3
VirtualBox Mac Beta 2 available. July 23, 2007 -- Last week Innotek released VirtualBox for Mac OS X Beta 2, a new version of the pre-release virtualization software for running Windows and Linux on Intel-based Macs. The company did not indicate what changes were in the new version. The company did note, however, that the beta does not yet support flash memory from inside the virtual machine. no audio input.
VirtualBox is commercial software based on GPL open-source code. The company said that VirtualBox can run Windows Vista, supports USB, and can be scripted from the command line. VirtualBox also supports VMDK virtual disk format used by VMware. Innotek shipped its first commercial versions of VirtualBox for Windows and Linux this past January. Innotek released the first Beta for Mac OS X in April.
If you've tried the VirtualBox Beta 2 what you think of it.
VirtualBox, new virtual machine for Mac, goes beta. April 26, 2007 -- A German company called Innotek has released a free public beta version of VirtualBox for Mac OS X, new virtualization software for running Windows and Linux on Intel-based Macs.
VirtualBox is commercial software based on GPL open-source code. The company said that this first beta release of VirtualBox can run Windows Vista, supports USB, and can be scripted from the command line. VirtualBox also supports VMDK virtual disk format used by VMware. Innotek shipped its first commercial versions of VirtualBox for Windows and Linux this past January.
If you've tried the VirtualBox beta what you think of it.
April 30, 2007
Nik Sands compared it to Parallels Desktop:
John Melby said USB doesn't work yet:
August 21, 2007
If you've tried the VirtualBox Beta 2 what you think of it.
August 22, 2007
If you've tried the VirtualBox Beta 2 what you think of it.
Monday, November 26, 2007
Irving Kanefsky reports the current beta of VirtualBox, a virtualization environment for running Windows on Mac OS X, doesn't work in Mac OS X 10.5:
If you've seen this problem
Monday, December 10, 2007
Simone Zoffoli in Bologna, Italy, is a second reader to report VirtualBox Beta 2 crashing in Leopard:
VirtualBox is prerelease virtualization software that can run Windows on Macs.
For more on this topic, see our VirtualBox beta Tips and Reports page.
Monday, December 17, 2007
Two more readers report that VirtualBox Beta2 virtual machine software is incompatible with Leopard:
Sekou Abodunrin notes that the guest OS doesn't matter:
Friday, January 4, 2008
Two more fans of VirtualBox for Mac OS X Beta report that it doesn't work in Leopard. VirtualBox is virtual machine software for Mac OS X. (See our VirtualBox Tips and Reports page for more.) The VirtualBox web site still doesn't mention Leopard, though there was a recent update for the Windows version.
Markus Müller describes the symptoms:
Eduard Prats Molner in Berlin, Germany:
Hello, mine crashes too. I would like to know if someone has actually a positive experience. Really sad, I love VirtualBox!
Wednesday, March 5, 2008
Botond Orbán has a problem with the last version of the VirtualBox running Linux. Virtual Box is an open source virtualization environment. Orbán said:
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Friday, March 7, 2008
Botond Orbán sent in the solution for a problem he was having with networking in Ubuntu Linux running in VirtualBox Beta3 in Mac OS X 10.5.x:
Monday, August 4, 2008
Thomas Wantz doesn't use Macs, but does use the Linux version of VirtualBox to run another Linux in a virtual machine:
(Apparmor is security software for Linux.) If you've used VirtualBox for Mac what you think of it.
(See also Sun Hopes to Take VirtualBox Mainstream.)
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Friday, August 15, 2008
Mars Sjoden is happy with Sun's free VirtualBox virtualization software. It runs Windows quickly on his Mac, though not with 3D graphics. He also had some problems with shared folders and bridged networking:
Monday, September 15, 2008
Terry Hunt has tried Sun's free xVM VirtualBox virtualization software for Mac and other host platforms. He sent a report:
For more, see our VirtualBox Reports page.
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Ian Orchard in New Zealand reports that Sun's free VirtualBox virtualization software isn't as easy to use as other virtualization packages might be. He describes his successes and failures:
If you've tried the latest version of VirtualBox
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Dan Foster reports that the most recent build of Sun's free VirtualBox was difficult to install, has a problem with an anti-virus program, but performance is good:
If you've used Sun VMware Fusion 2.2.2 what you think of it.
Monday, June 1, 2009
Two more readers sent reports on the latest Mac version of Sun's VirtualBox virtualization software.
David Iwanicki has an unusual setup. He's running a Dell notebook hacked with Mac OS X, then using Virtual Box to run Windows 7 Beta. (There are directions on how create a "Hackintosh" on a Dell notebook here.) He's also running VirtualBox on a real Mac. He has problems with both:
If you've seen these problems with VirtualBox 2.2.2
Wayne Folta has had a better experience:
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Reader says VirtualBox 3.0 is fast
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Chris Guest shared his experience with the recently released Sun VirtualBox 3.0 virtualization software:
If you've used VirtualBox 3.0
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Andy Jackson reports running Sun's VirtualBox virtualization software in Snow Leopard 64-bit mode. He even ran a 64-bit guest OS:
If you've used VirtualBox in Snow Leopard
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Friday, December 18, 2009
Chuck Tryon sent a report on the new VirtualBox 3.1 release, particularly the Teleportation feature, which enables you to move a virtual machine while it is running:
If you've used VirtualBox 3.1
Thursday, January 7, 2010
Sam is happy with Sun's recent update to VirtualBox, a free virtualization application:
what you think of VirtualBox and the recent updates. For more of our coverage of VirtualBox, see VirtualBox Tips and Reports.
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Johnny QQ has an interesting multi-OS setup: A Dell PC hacked to run Mac OS X, running VirtualBox and VMware Fusion. We would advise that his experience with the two virtualization tools likely don't translate to the experience on an Apple Mac. Still, it is an interesting setup:
Of course, Johnny QQ doesn't have a real Mac, so your mileage may vary.
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
Louis Hopcraft reports that VirtualBox isn't listed as a 64-bit app and doesn't run 64-bit guest OS's:
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Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Jonathan Sward discovered that disabling sleep and hibernate in Windows 7 running with VirtualBox fixed a problem of VirtualBox crashing in Mac OS X:
If you've seen this problem and tried this fix
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Arnaud is having a problem with Windows 7 Direct3D graphics in VirtualBox on a Mac:
I run VirtualBox to have Direct3D but I can't have virtual guest addition when I'm in safe mode. Why is that? My VirtualBox version is 4.1.3 my computer is MacBook Pro. I followed the directions at this web site.
If you've seen this problem or have a suggestion
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