Tag Archives: VirtualBox

Lubuntu in VMware Player: “The system is not connected to the Internet”

I was installing Lubuntu in a virtual machine (VM) in VMware Workstation Player. Lubuntu booted up. Its desktop offered an icon, “Install Lubuntu 20.04 LTS.” I double-clicked on that. It said, “Welcome to the Lubuntu installer.” Then, a moment later, … Continue reading

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Ways to Convert a VirtualBox VDI to a VMware VMDK

At this writing, VirtualBox and VMware Workstation Player continued their long dominance of the consumer virtual machine (VM) market. The problem of the moment was, how can I convert a VDI file (used in VirtualBox) to a VMDK file that … Continue reading

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Types of VM Interloper: ISO, Physical or Virtual USB or CD Drive

Summary It was hard to make a good image or clone of a running Linux virtual machine (VM) because, unlike Windows, Linux did not have a Volume Shadow Copy capability. The image or clone might be unable to make a … Continue reading

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Using VMware Player to Enhance Windows 10 Security

This post describes my experience of setting up VMware Workstation Player 15 to run a virtual machine (VM) that would handle most of my computer’s online activities. As detailed in another post, the VM would provide a relatively strong barrier … Continue reading

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Converting a Virtual Machine from VirtualBox to VMware

As described in an earlier post, I had created and configured a VirtualBox virtual machine (VM). That VM was actually a physical-to-virtual (P2V) conversion — that is, a virtual version of a Windows 10 installation on a physical host computer … Continue reading

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Setting Up VirtualBox to Enhance Windows 10 Security

Despite concerns relating to Windows 10, I had decided to make Win10 the cornerstone of (that is, the native, host, underlying, physical installation on) a security-aware desktop computer. I had preferred Windows 7, but for security purposes its day was … Continue reading

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Best Free Virtual Machine Benchmarks: Comparing Two VirtualBox VMs

As described in two other posts, I had configured a prepackaged Windows 10 virtual machine (VM) from Microsoft, and I had also created a Windows 10 VM through P2V (physical to virtual) conversion. I wondered how the two VMs would … Continue reading

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DNS Server Isn’t Responding in VirtualBox: No Internet Access

I was using a Windows 10 virtual machine (VM) on a Windows 10 host system. As described in another post, I had set up a USB filter so that the VM could go online while the host would stay offline. … Continue reading

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P2V: Converting a Windows 10 Physical Installation to a Virtual Machine: External Methods

I had Windows 10 installed on my desktop. I wanted to create a virtual machine (VM) from it. For this purpose, prior explorations had inclined me to favor VirtualBox over VMware Player. The process of converting a physical installation to … Continue reading

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A Test Run of the Qubes 4.0 Operating System

As part of an exploration of security in Windows 10, I came around to the possibility of enhancing security with the aid of virtual machines (VMs) that might use Linux; and it didn’t take long in that realm to encounter … Continue reading

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Creating and Using a Legacy IBM OS/2 Virtual Machine in VirtualBox

As detailed in another post, I was using VirtualBox to run virtual machines (VMs) in Windows 10 Pro x64 1903. I had long held some idle curiosity about what it would be like to see my old OS/2 installation from … Continue reading

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Trying to Convert a Windows 10 OEM Physical Installation to KVM

As described in another post, I had a Windows 10 (version 1607) installation on an Acer laptop. I wondered whether I could use Microsoft’s Disk2VHD to convert that physical installation to a virtual machine (VM) that would run in KVM. This post … Continue reading

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Deciding Which and How Many VMs to Run in KVM

As described in another post, I had set up a Linux Mint Xfce (LMX) 18.3 host system on my Acer laptop. I chose LMX in the belief that its simplicity would maximize the resources available to my virtual machines (VMs) … Continue reading

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A Windows Power User Configures Linux Mint Cinnamon 18.3 on an Acer Laptop (Long Version)

In a previous post, I expressed the view that the Linux community could only make Linux dominant on the desktop by ceasing its attempts to compete with Microsoft for ordinary end users, and instead concentrate its limited resources on attracting … Continue reading

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Testing KVM with Persistent Space in an Ubuntu Live USB Drive; Piggybacking

As described in another post, I ran into problems, getting the KVM virtual machine (VM) hypervisor to work in Linux Mint Xfce (LMX) 18.3. I thought maybe the problem was with LMX, and therefore decided to test KVM and my … Continue reading

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Using VMware to Run Software When Windows 10 Won’t

A previous post discusses my efforts to use VirtualBox to run software that ran fine in Windows 10 — until, one day, something (a Windows 10 update, apparently) caused that software not to run anymore. Unfortunately, the VirtualBox effort also ran … Continue reading

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Using VirtualBox to Run Software When Windows 10 Won’t

Note: this is the long version. The Summary has a short version. Another post may eventually provide a more detailed short version. Contents Summary Introduction VM Software Options for Choosing and Installing the Operating System Windows 7 Licensing and Activation … Continue reading

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Choosing the Best Benchmarks: A Comparison of VirtualBox vs. VMware Virtual Machines

As described in (1 2) other posts, I was looking at VirtualBox 5.2.6 and VMware Workstation Player 14.1.1 as possible ways to run certain software in a Windows 7 guest virtual machine (VM) on a Windows 10 host computer. The … Continue reading

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Understanding VirtualBox Snapshots

Contents Introduction Summary Testing Snapshots Merging Changes Back into the Original VM . Introduction VirtualBox was a widely used and appreciated free tool for creating, configuring, and using virtual machines (VMs). This post discusses snapshots in VirtualBox 5.2.6. The VirtualBox … Continue reading

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Installing Google Earth in a Linux Mint 18 x64 Virtual Machine

As described in another post, I was installing programs in a VirtualBox virtual machine (VM) running Linux Mint MATE (LMM) 18. Google Earth (GE) was not cooperating. This post describes the steps I took to troubleshoot it. The Recap at the end provides … Continue reading

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Installing and Configuring VirtualBox in Linux Mint

I was configuring a Linux Mint Cinnamon (LMC) 18 system to serve as host to virtual machines (VMs) via Oracle VirtualBox. This post describes the steps that I took to install and configure VirtualBox, so that I could start using … Continue reading

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Cloning a Windows 7 VirtualBox VM – Avoiding Activation Problems

Contents Background The Problem Solution 1: Before Installing Windows: Configure the Original VM Solution 2: After Installing Windows but Before Cloning: Edit the .vbox File The Reinitialize Option Solution 3: After Making the Clone: Edit the .vbox File Solution 4: … Continue reading

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Creating a Clean, Basic Windows XP VM in VirtualBox – Overview

A previous post offers a detailed description of the process of creating a clean Windows XP virtual machine (VM) in VirtualBox. This post summarizes the steps in that process. Readers are encouraged to consult that other post for additional detail. … Continue reading

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Windows Images and Installations: Creating in or Converting to VirtualBox

As described in another post, I was transitioning to a Linux system. As part of that system, I wanted to run Windows in a virtual machine (VM) in VirtualBox. I already had some Windows installations, backups, and CDs. I wondered which one(s) … Continue reading

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VirtualBox Memory Error: GoogleCrashHandler in Windows 7

I had a problem, and it appeared to be caused by GoogleCrashHandler.exe and/or GoogleCrashHandler64.exe. The question was, what could I do about this? My particular problem came to my attention when VirtualBox stopped running with an error message: “Unable to … Continue reading

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VirtualBox: Folder or Drive or VM “Already Exists” – Cannot Create or Failed to Open

This post provides progress notes regarding efforts to troubleshoot certain error messages I had when using VirtualBox 5.0.20 on Windows 7. In some cases, it seemed, possibly the easiest solution was to uninstall and reinstall VirtualBox and start over. Problem … Continue reading

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