Test Drive Operating Systems with VirtualBox

Posted on March 13, 2009. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, Virtual systems | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

[updated 2010.4.5]

MakeUseOf has a post on how to Test Drive Operating Systems with VirtualBox.

VirtualBox “is a great way to test out new operating systems, without having to configure your machine to dual-boot. You can even install Windows 7 on VirtualBox. There are two ways to obtain free operating systems for VirtualBox: using virtual disk images (VDIs) or actual installation disks.”

“There is a website called VirtualBoxImages that has a number of free virtual disk images for free operating systems available to download.  You can simply download the virtual disk images, set up your virtual machine to use them, power up the virtual machine, and you’re all set!”

Some of the “premium” systems requiring a fee can also be found for free elsewhere, and then this method used to install them.  This should be a simple way to testdrive Windows 7 or various Linux distros.

A portable version of VirtualBox is at http://www.vbox.me/ for your flash drive, disc, etc.

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