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Optimized VirtualBox Settings for Windows 7/8.1/10 Guests

VirtualBox is an excellent open source/freeware tool for running virtual machines on your laptop or workstation. It’s a cross-platform hypervisor that supports Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux hosts, delivering the same experience across operating systems – unlike platform-specific virtualization tools such as Parallels for Mac or Microsoft Hyper-V. VirtualBox can be best compared with VMware Workstation, a commercially licensed tool with advanced functionality such as Snapshots and Checkpoints for VMs. On the other hand, VirtualBox is completely free for non-commercial users. The core of VirtualBox is open source, but the Oracle VirtualBox Extensions are free only for home and academic users.

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