I'm searching a good and reliable virtualization software for Windows 8/8.1 and therefor for Windows 10 too (which shouldn't be that hard, as it will work on Windwos 8).

I know VMWare and VirtualBox. Currently I'm not sure if I want to buy VMWare, as it's not that cheap and on the other hand VirtualBox is great, but it has some errors or misbehavior especially if you run a team of virtual machines.

Is there any competitive software which is ideally OpenSource and runs good on Windows?


  • Runs on Windows
  • Has support for virtual teams (means: build a virtual network between just those teamed machines)
  • It should be able to run multiple VMs at the same time (10+)
  • Ideally some filesharing addition. An easy way to get data into the vm or out of it (like the VMWare Additions).
  • optional: It would be great if the software adds recommendations for the OS your trying to install (minimum ram, etc.)
  • optional: Automatic setup (just throw the ISO into the VM, give the needed information at the start (username, pw, etc.)) and the setup will be executed by the software
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    Depending what you are trying to do it might be worth taking a look at Docker. docs.docker.com Jul 26, 2015 at 7:41
  • Yes docker can be some sort of solution. But I don't think it will meet my needs. I use the VMs for example as a Container to run my DEV-Tools and don't pollute my Host with many different coding environments. And in some cases I need to run Linux tools on my Windows Host (like Django)
    – Ionic
    Jul 26, 2015 at 12:29
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    I suggest you make sure you have the newest version of VirtualBox, and if the issue persist, then file a bug report)if you haven't). Maybe they will get fixed.
    – cybernard
    Aug 7, 2015 at 4:49
  • Might be more cost-effective and convenient to outsource this something like Microsoft Azure
    – Huey
    Oct 4, 2015 at 5:38
  • If you have enough resources on your machine, you could run a very well equipped VM with a hypervisor like VMware's ESXi and then run your other virtual platforms on top of that.
    – flith
    Jul 4, 2016 at 21:45


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