What is the best virtualization software for a Windows 7 computer?

Myk46 April 28, 2011

I’m runnjng a HP G72 B 53 NR Notebook with Windows 7 Home Premium x64, 3GB DDR3 and Intel(R) Pentium(R) CPU P6100 @ 2.00 GHz.

With all that out of the way, which virtualization program would best work with this system? Virtual Box, VM Ware or something else altogether?

  1. Alfa67890
    July 14, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    P6100 does NOT support virtualization. I think you gonna get errors in Vmware.

  2. Azamat
    May 4, 2011 at 2:54 am


  3. Bruce Epper
    April 28, 2011 at 11:35 pm

    Depending on what you are planning on running in it, MS Virtual PC may work for you as well. I use VMWare for pre-packaged appliances I want to test. VirtualBox is home for my Ubuntu 10.04 LTS, 10.10 (soon to become 11.04), Fedora 14, Mint 10, Solaris 10, and BackTrack 4r2, and Remnux enviornments. Since I'm running Win7 Ultimate x64, I use the built-in VirtualPC and XP mode for my legacy work. HW: AMD Phenom X4 9500 @ 2.2GHz, 8GB PC2-5300, EVGA 9400GT w/1GB.

  4. Sonny Bass
    April 28, 2011 at 10:13 pm

    VirtualBox is working fine for me. 3D driver support has been improved with the latest version.I am running Windows 7 Pro 64 bit, AMD Phenom II X4 955 BE @ 4.1GHz, 8GB DDR2 @820MHz, AMD Radeon 5770 graphics. I have Mint-10, XP pro, Puppy 5.2.5,and Ubuntu beta running on virtuals

  5. Roy
    April 28, 2011 at 5:57 pm

    It depends on what you'll be using a virtual machine for. I've heard some complaints about 3D graphics support in VirtualBox, whereas VMWare has a virtual synthetic 3D driver that allows it to perform much better. I haven't actually tested that myself, but it's a comment I've heard more than once.

    If you aren't too concerned with 3D graphics, then I think both VMWare and VirtualBox are excellent choices. They're both very well done and stable. There may be other great solutions out there that can do the job just as well, but for me these 2 are so good that there's not much reason to look into other options.