I know that a VirtualBox VM can run on different hardware, but this doesn't help me because in my case the platform doesn't change (Linux). I'd rather like to upgrade VirtualBox from 2.2.4 to 4.x.

Will the VM start again (if that matters, WindowsXP)?


VM are easily portable from platform to platform using Import/Export capability (introduced in VirtualBox 2.2). Totally painless and works like a charm (though Windows needs to be reactivated, at least for me).

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You should be fine. Any upgrade will keep the existing VMs. It is generally suggested that you backup your VMs for any upgrade though.

  • @Guandalino How'd the upgrade work out?
    – evan.bovie
    Jun 1, 2011 at 16:04
  • question updated with the solution I was looking for. Thanks for your input.
    – Paolo
    Jun 5, 2011 at 21:37

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