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I am a happy Linux user, but Skype for Linux is too buggy (sometimes the microphone in Skype does not work).

I need to install Windows in VirtualBox in order to use Windows Skype.

Currently the only reason I need Windows is for Skype. But I may probably need some other Windows software in the future. (However I remind that I am a happy Linux user.)

  1. Which version of Windows to use? (My boss says Windows 10, but I want to hear different opinions.)
  2. What is the recommended size of the disk in VirtualBox?

I have 8GB RAM (DDR3-1333). (I was donated today 4GB DDR3 and 460GB HDD so that my Linux performance would not be reduced by constantly running Windows in VirtualBox.)

  • Do you have specific requirements for other versions of Windows? If not use Windows 10. If you look at the official documentation you should get an idea of the requirements. I'd probably go for 40-60 GB and 4 GB RAM. As you need to encode video you might run into issues with graphics acceleration. – Seth Sep 15 '17 at 17:18
  • The specific requirement is to be able to run Skype. Isn't this requirement clear from my question? And no, we do not use video in Skype – porton Sep 15 '17 at 17:20
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    VirtualBox will by default set up a dynamic HDD which only takes as much space as data inside VM actually occupies. You can safely create a "larger" virtual disk and just use it less space. Resizing small VHDs is a bit of a pain. – gronostaj Sep 15 '17 at 17:22
  • "But I may probably need some other Windows software in the future." as you seem to lack any further requirements also read the Skype requirements. – Seth Sep 15 '17 at 17:22
  • Keep in mind that you need to make audio work. You should evaluate first. There is absolutely no way to tell if your plan is feasible. – Daniel B Sep 15 '17 at 17:53
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Which version of Windows to use?

You should use the version of Windows which satisfy the requirements of your project.

What is the recommended size of the disk in VirtualBox?

The system requirements for Windows 10 is as follows.

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The system requirements for Windows 8.1 is as follows.

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The system requirements for Windows 7 is as follows.

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I currently run Windows 10 on my personal Windows laptop although if you have the option I would opt for Windows 7. It's much more stable and less of a resource hog. Minimum specs for Windows 10 are as follows.

Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster processor or SoC RAM: 1 gigabyte (GB) for 32-bit or 2 GB for 64-bit Hard disk space: 16 GB for 32-bit OS 20 GB for 64-bit OS Graphics card: DirectX 9 or later with WDDM 1.0 driver Display: 800x600

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