Solved

Running Win8 in VM

Hey, people. Would anyone know which is the best virtual machine program to run Windows 8 between Vmware, virtual box and virtual pc? What would be the best configuration to achieve the best speed?
19 answers Last reply Best Answer
More about running win8
  1. Whats your PC specs?

    RAM+CPU?
  2. Technically, I don't think any VM has problems.
    While I haven't used VirtualPc in a long time, between VMWare and Virtualbox, the latter is opensource with few restriced modules, while VMware has a free player, but to create/modify a virtual machine you would need a fully licensed workstation (at least).
    The Virtualbox restriced modules are: guest USB2.0 support (1.1 if opensource), RDP support (remote desktop through host OS) and PXE boot with E1000 (network boot from an emulated intel gigabit network adapter). Basically I would say nothing VM enthusiast would really need.
  3. VMWare Workstation is by far the most powerful, stable, and well supported of the bunch. If it's a debate between the three with no other factors then it's Workstation hands down with no argument. The free version, VMWare Player is based off the same codebase so it shares the same stability, but there are a few features that have been stripped out and reserved for paying users.

    Virtualbox has a large number of features (albeit less than Workstation) but lacks the support and stability found in VMWare Player.
  4. nikorr said:
    Whats your PC specs?

    RAM+CPU?

    I have an Intel Core 2 Duo CPU
    My machine has 4GB of ram. I need at least 1gb of ram for the guest Win8 machine, but it still runs so slow and laggy. Unfortunately my motherboard only supports up to 4gb of ram or else I'd have definetly upgraded
  5. Well, try https://www.virtualbox.org/ .

    Too bad u don't have more RAM and quad core CPU. It won't be a speed daemon on your configuration.
  6. No, I'm afraid it won't be unfortunately! :)
  7. Best of luck!
  8. The Stealthinator said:
    I have an Intel Core 2 Duo CPU
    My machine has 4GB of ram. I need at least 1gb of ram for the guest Win8 machine, but it still runs so slow and laggy. Unfortunately my motherboard only supports up to 4gb of ram or else I'd have definetly upgraded


    Some Core2 CPUs lack the virtualization extensions necessary for proper hosting of guest operating systems. 32 bit operating systems can be hosted without them but for 64 bit operating systems this is only possible on AMD CPUs.
  9. vmware is most powerful but you have to pay for it, virtual box is free AND open source.
  10. Victor_35 said:
    vmware is most powerful but you have to pay for it, virtual box is free AND open source.


    I've had tons of issues with Virtualbox. It's certainly the most usable free desktop virtualization platform but it's notoriously buggy. I've heard horror stories of people losing VMs as they try to port them forward.
  11. Hi, I have just done a blog on Windows Server 2012 (which is basically Windows 8 server version ). I used VirtualBox for many reasons.

    Take a look here

    http://sites.google.com/site/tecchie2011/virtualisation/server-2012

    Hope that helps
    Frank

    The Stealthinator said:
    Hey, people. Would anyone know which is the best virtual machine program to run Windows 8 between Vmware, virtual box and virtual pc? What would be the best configuration to achieve the best speed?
  12. vmware didn't work, but vbox did.
  13. Pinhedd said:
    I've had tons of issues with Virtualbox. It's certainly the most usable free desktop virtualization platform but it's notoriously buggy. I've heard horror stories of people losing VMs as they try to port them forward.


    In my case I don't have a VM license and Virtual PC does not support 64bit (major drawback)...so far the Server 2012 is running very stable ...am intending on trying Exchange Server 2010 on it soon when I get some time. Maybe I'll give it some more ram and up the cores to 3 ...we'll see :pt1cable: :pt1cable:
  14. Best answer
    Victor_35 said:
    vmware is most powerful but you have to pay for it, virtual box is free AND open source.


    Vmware player is also free, and the latest version (5.0.0) supports Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012.
  15. fxv300 said:
    In my case I don't have a VM license and Virtual PC does not support 64bit (major drawback)...so far the Server 2012 is running very stable ...am intending on trying Exchange Server 2010 on it soon when I get some time. Maybe I'll give it some more ram and up the cores to 3 ...we'll see :pt1cable: :pt1cable:


    Worked fine for me on Windows 7 x64 when I was using it. If you can't run 64 bit VM's, turn Virtualization on in your BIOS.
  16. The_Prophecy said:
    Worked fine for me on Windows 7 x64 when I was using it. If you can't run 64 bit VM's, turn Virtualization on in your BIOS.


    This is the culprit 90% of the time
  17. Best answer selected by The Stealthinator.
Ask a new question

Read More

Configuration Virtual Machine Virtual PC Windows 8