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How to Set Up a Virtual Machine for Free How to Set Up a Virtual Machine for Free

There are plenty of reasons to run a virtual machine. The first, and most compelling, is that you want to play: Maybe there are some other operating system you want to dabble with (cough Linux cough), but you don’t want to deal with installing another hard drive, partitioning your existing drive, or setting up your…

Test Raspberry Pi Code on Your Primary Computer with VirtualBox and a Bit of Tweaking Test Raspberry Pi Code on Your Primary Computer with VirtualBox and a Bit of Tweaking

The Raspberry Pi is great because it’s a low cost way to test all sorts of crazy electronics ideas, but sometimes you might want to test before you test. Virtual machines are a great way to do so, and Grant Winney has a guide for setting one up using VirtualBox.

How to Safely Test Software Without Messing Up Your System How to Safely Test Software Without Messing Up Your System

The internet is full of sweet apps, but it's also packed with shady software. Before you install something awful, give yourself an infosec education. Here are the best tools to protect yourself out there when you're experimenting with new programs.

Test Software with Virtual Machine Snapshots to Keep Your PC Clean Test Software with Virtual Machine Snapshots to Keep Your PC Clean

If you want to try out software without installing what could be adware or something risky, use a virtual machine. Virtual machines are particularly useful because of their "snapshot" ability, which captures and quickly restores the VM's state. Here's how to set it up and use it.

​How to Boot from a USB Drive in VirtualBox ​How to Boot from a USB Drive in VirtualBox

VirtualBox is a lifesaver for anyone who wants to tinker and experiment with different operating systems. Using a CD or disc image is easy in VirtualBox, but it's handy to know how to boot from USB in VirtualBox on Windows as well.

Portable VirtualBox Lets You Take Your Virtual Machines Anywhere Portable VirtualBox Lets You Take Your Virtual Machines Anywhere

VirtualBox is our favorite virtualization program, but usually, it needs to be properly installed with Windows kernel drivers and system services. Portable VirtualBox lets you install VirtualBox on a USB drive or external hard drive and run your virtual machines anywhere.

The Power User's Guide to Better Virtual Machines in VirtualBox The Power User's Guide to Better Virtual Machines in VirtualBox

VirtualBox is great for testing out a new operating system, but your virtual machines probably aren't that special when you first set them up. Here are a few tips for making them much easier to use—not to mention more powerful.

Tretflix is a Ready-To-Install Downloading PC Packed with Usenet Tools Tretflix is a Ready-To-Install Downloading PC Packed with Usenet Tools

Usenet is a great resource for lots of things, and we've talked about a number of great apps to use to get the most out of Usenet. Tretflix is a custom, ready-to-install operating system that wraps them all up into an easy-to-use package. All you do is provide the hardware.

Use Virtualbox to Host Your Own Site, Mirror Your Tumblr or Wordpress Use Virtualbox to Host Your Own Site, Mirror Your Tumblr or Wordpress

We've discussed some of the best blogging platforms and web hosts, but if you want to really control your data, why not roll your own server at home, and then use it as a dashboard to manage and re-post to sites like Tumblr and Wordpress? All you need is Virtualbox. Maymay shows us how it's done.

What Are the Benefits of "Enterprise-Level" Virtualization? What Are the Benefits of "Enterprise-Level" Virtualization?

Let's get technical with this week's Crowdhacker. If you're a sysadmin or just a network enthusiast, you might know something about virtualization. But what's the difference between consumer-grade and enterprise virtualization? When is it time to upgrade? The experts at Stack Exchange chime in.

How to Dual Boot and Virtualize the Same Partition on Your Computer How to Dual Boot and Virtualize the Same Partition on Your Computer

Can't decide whether you want to dual boot that second OS or virtualize it? Debate no more: you can have both. Here's how to dual boot and virtualize the same partition on your Windows PC or Mac.

Parallels Desktop 7 On Sale for $10 with Mail-In Rebate Parallels Desktop 7 On Sale for $10 with Mail-In Rebate

OS X: Parallels Desktop is our favorite tool for running Windows on your Mac, and right now you can grab Parallels Desktop 7 for only $10.

Use Fixed Size Disks to Speed Up Your Virtual Machines Use Fixed Size Disks to Speed Up Your Virtual Machines

Virtual machines are great for running another operating system on top of your desktop, like testing out Windows 8 or running OS X inside Windows. They can be notoriously slow, though, and using a fixed size disk can help you speed things up.

Brain Power Ups, Two-Factor Authentication Everywhere, and Getting Pissed at Twitter Brain Power Ups, Two-Factor Authentication Everywhere, and Getting Pissed at Twitter

This week on the podcast we're powering up your brain, making your online life more secure with two-factor authentication, and figuring out why everyone's pissed at Twitter. Also, we're answering your questions about home automation, Linux on Macs, and a diet that actually helps you put on weight.

Should I Run a Second Operating System in a Virtual Machine or Dual Boot? Should I Run a Second Operating System in a Virtual Machine or Dual Boot?

Dear Lifehacker, I've seen you talk about running Windows on a Mac by dual booting, as well as dual booting Windows 8 alongside Windows 7. But you've also talked about how to run Windows 8 in a virtual machine. If I want to run a second operating system, which is better? Dual booting or virtualizing?

Test Drive the Windows 8 Consumer Preview in a Virtual Machine Test Drive the Windows 8 Consumer Preview in a Virtual Machine

If you're on the fence about the new Windows 8 consumer preview and you're not sure whether all of the new features are enough to make you want to upgrade, or whether you'd like the new Metro interface, here's a safe way to give the preview a try without risking a computer or a lot of setup time to do so: use…

Virtualboxes.org Helps You Discover Your New Favorite Linux Flavor with Tons of Virtualbox Images Virtualboxes.org Helps You Discover Your New Favorite Linux Flavor with Tons of Virtualbox Images

So you've gotten started with Linux, but you're looking for a new flavor besides Ubuntu to try out. Instead of installing a bunch of them from scratch, web site Virtualboxes provides a bunch of free Virtualbox images for you to test out, no installation required.

Open Found USB Drives/CD-ROMs with a Virtual Machine to Avoid Malware Attacks Open Found USB Drives/CD-ROMs with a Virtual Machine to Avoid Malware Attacks

The Department of Homeland Security recently planted several USB drives and CD-ROMs in a government facility parking lot to see how easy it would be to spread viruses, and 60% of workers plugged the drives and CDs into their computers accidentally executing the malware inside. To avoid the same mistake you should…

VirtualBox 4.0 Simplifies Virtual Operating System Management, Adds Extensions VirtualBox 4.0 Simplifies Virtual Operating System Management, Adds Extensions

Windows/Mac/Linux: VirtualBox 4.0 makes creating virtual operating systems a lot less bothersome. The interface is easier to get around, the virtual machines easier to move or wipe away, display and hardware compatibility is improved, and new "extensions" can add new capabilities.

Back Up and Move VirtualBox Machines with an XML File Edit Back Up and Move VirtualBox Machines with an XML File Edit

VirtualBox is surprisingly easy to use for creating an OS-inside-an-OS, unless you have to move or back up your huge VDI machine files. You can avoid non-starting machines, however, with an XML file tweak.

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