VirtualBox 3.0.0

VirtualBox is a family of powerful x86 virtualization products for enterprise as well as home use. Not only is VirtualBox an extremely feature rich, high performance product for enterprise customers, it is also the only professional solution that is freely available as Open Source Software under the terms of the GNU General Public License (GPL).

Presently, VirtualBox runs on Windows, Linux, Macintosh and OpenSolaris hosts and supports a large number of guest operating systems including but not limited to Windows (NT 4.0, 2000, XP, Server 2003, Vista), DOS/Windows 3.x, Linux (2.4 and 2.6), Solaris and OpenSolaris, and OpenBSD.

VirtualBox is being actively developed with frequent releases and has an ever growing list of features, supported guest operating systems and platforms it runs on. VirtualBox is a community effort backed by a dedicated company: everyone is encouraged to contribute while Sun ensures the product always meets professional quality criteria.

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I've tried it and installed vista ultimate. All kinds of problems (BSOD, Slowlyness) ending removing it. I prefer VMWare, as it's rock solid.

JonathanMarston said,
I'd like to try VirtualBox, but it causes BSoDs (in the host OS) for me when trying to install a guest...

VirtualBox has had very rapid development. It is still quite buggy. It crashed and rebooted my Intel Mac today 3 times.
Under Windows, I get all kinds of crashes.

The functionality and features are there, they just really need to work on stability.

This is a nice version, I was using it in the beta and it wasn't allowing more than 4 install sources (.iso's) as I download a lot of linux variants to try them out and install in a sandbox type of mode through it. This version fixed it.

:D

I'm going to check out this 2.1.4.

VirtualBox seems great, but the past several versions crash on me way too much. XP as a Guest likes to BSOD, the program hangs, etc. There is nothing more annoying than VirtualBox hanging and forcing me to reboot.

Maybe 3.0 will fix stuff, but if not, I'll grab 2.1.4.

I'll give that a try. I've even had it BSOD when installing XP (at the start of GUI mode setup just before it should say "installing devices"). Even with "advanced" stuff like 3d acceleration turned off.

I have to keep going back to 2.1.4 because anything newer has given me host BSODs with XP as a guest. Hopefully it won't be the same with this but I can't risk a BSOD right now so I'll have to wait a bit.

It could just be that newer versions turn on a feature by default that wasn't on at the time your XP client was installed. Things like ACPI, IO APIC, Nested Paging, etc can all cause problems if they were off at the time the OS was installed but are now turned on.

Just match the settings in 3.0.0 to the ones in 2.1.4 and you shouldn't have any trouble. I've had a Server 2008 client thats progressed all the way through from version numbers similar to yours that still works just fine on 3.0.0.