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VirtualBox Alternatives for Windows

There are many alternatives to VirtualBox for Windows if you are looking for a replacement. The best Windows alternative is VMware Workstation Pro. It's not free, so if you're looking for a free alternative, you could try QEMU or Portable Virtualbox. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 50 alternatives to VirtualBox and many of them are available for Windows so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Windows alternatives to VirtualBox are VMware Workstation Player, Proxmox Virtual Environment, Windows Sandbox and VMware vSphere Hypervisor.

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VirtualBox is a powerful x86 and AMD64/Intel64 virtualization product for enterprise as well as home use.

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  1. VMware Workstation Pro Lets You Run Multiple Operating Systems as Virtual Machines (including Windows VMs) on a Single Windows or Linux PC.

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    VMware Workstation Pro vs VirtualBox opinions
    Most users think VMware Workstation Pro is a great alternative to VirtualBox.

    Its much more user friendly and pleasant to work with.

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    Sunmaster

    Easy to work with while it is an advanced software. I realy like it and have used it many times.

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    dvdvideo123

    Virtual box is free, vmwre has 30 day trial.

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    Very good but very expensive. Instead i'd reccomend VMWare Workstation Player.

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    Expensive. If you want the free version for personal use, go with VMware Workstation Player.

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    i have no words its best win app

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    androbuntu

    very good software for virtualization

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    QEMU

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • BSD

    QEMU (short for "Quick EMUlator") is a free and open-source hosted hypervisor that performs hardware virtualization.

    ⚫︎ PortableQEMU can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
    ⚫︎ Support for scriptingQEMU supports scripts and macros to automate or customize tasks.
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    QEMU  with the free OS ReactOS
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    Almost everyone thinks QEMU is a great alternative to VirtualBox.

    It runs faster than virtualbox using KVM. Also is better suited for production level.

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    It also performs hardware visualization

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    arpeters

    It is supported by various frontends such as Virt Manager and AQEMU.

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    It doesn't have a GUI to manage like Virtualbox or VMware. That's problematic.

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    VMware Workstation Player

    • Free PersonalProprietary
    • Windows
    • Linux

    VMware Workstation Player builds on the industry leading foundation of Workstation Pro, and delivers a streamlined user interface for creating and running operating systems and applications in a virtual machine.

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    Almost everyone thinks VMware Workstation Player is a great alternative to VirtualBox.

    Free and slightly more advanced. Less user friendly than virtualbox but also much more feature rich.

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    Portable Virtualbox

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows

    Portable-VirtualBox is a free and open source software tool that lets you run any operating system from a usb stick without separate installation. It unpacks and adjusts the paths and configuration of VirtualBox so it will run portably.

    ⚫︎ PortablePortable Virtualbox can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
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    Discontinued

    It has not been updated since 2017 and does not work with any version of Virtualbox beyond v5.1.22.

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    It is basically VirtualBox for mobile.

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    Proxmox Virtual Environment

    • FreemiumOpen Source
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Android
    • Android Tablet

    Proxmox Virtual Environment is a complete and easy to use Open Source virtualization platform for running Virtual Appliances and Virtual Machines.

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    Windows Sandbox

    • FreeProprietary
    • Windows

    a new lightweight desktop environment tailored for safely running applications in isolation.

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    VMware vSphere Hypervisor

    • Windows
    • Linux
    • NVIDIA vGPU
    • AMD MxGPU

    VMware vSphere Hypervisor ( based on ESXi ) is a free bare-metal hypervisor that virtualizes servers so you can consolidate your applications on less hardware.

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    Microsoft Hyper-V Server

    • FreeProprietary
    • Windows
    • Linux

    Microsoft Hyper-V Server is a free product that delivers enterprise-class virtualization for your datacenter and hybrid cloud.

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    Microsoft Hyper-V Server vs VirtualBox opinions
    Some users think Microsoft Hyper-V Server is a great alternative to VirtualBox, some don't.

    hyper-v server is a complete os in command line with a virtualisation tool (hyper-v)

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    bochs

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Android
    • AmigaOS
    • MorphOS

    Bochs is a highly portable open source IA-32 (x86) PC emulator written in C++, that runs on most popular platforms. It includes emulation of the Intel x86 CPU, common I/O devices, and a custom BIOS.

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    Most users think bochs is a great alternative to VirtualBox.
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    Qemu Simple Boot

    • FreeProprietary
    • Windows

    Qemu Simple Boot lets you to Boot ISO images without having to burn them to disc first , it is is a portable freeware virtualization tool

    ⚫︎ PortableQemu Simple Boot can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
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