Is there any virtualization solutions which will allow me to run Linux on Windows Vista?

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virtualbox is a great virtual machine. Or try wubi for an Ubuntu inside Vista.

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    virtual box is a great option.
    – Decio Lira
    Oct 18, 2009 at 1:59
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    Wubi, however, is fairly close to running natively. Not reccomended for a first step, but a brilliant step between virtualising and full blown dual booting.
    – Phoshi
    Oct 18, 2009 at 12:30
  • I've had issues with Wubi in Windows 7...FWIW
    – studiohack
    Dec 15, 2010 at 1:49
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    This month I've used virtualbox to setup a Win7 Pro, Win8 RC and CentOS virtual machines. I have had no 'hardware' issues with the VMs. It's a great bit of software and the price is definitely right.
    – Beeblebrox
    Aug 2, 2012 at 1:24

VMWARE player is a good option. search for Ubuntu VMware Player appliances...Other distros may be available too...

  • VMware is excellent for running Linux under Windows.
    – fpmurphy
    Oct 18, 2009 at 12:37

I would highly recommend Virtualbox. It is open source and runs much faster for single clients than more enterprise VM's like VMware


Consider Portable Ubuntu: easy to install/deinstall, responsive.


And if you like pain...

(I'm not joking, running Linux on Micros~1 Virtual PC can be tricky. It's excellent for running Windows though.)


Virtualbox works well for me, I can't recall having any problems with it.

VMWare makes (made? it is quite a while since I used it) the host machine very slow to boot as it sets up its networking stuff. In use, however, it's fine. VMWare Player is nice and easy to use, but doesn't include a way to create / edit virtual machines. I don't like VMWare Server's web type interface.

I seem to remember that in Virtual PC only emulates a two button mouse, but I'm not sure.


Go for Microsoft Virtual PC. Other ones are VirtualBox and vmWare.

  • This will not let you run Linux VMs just windows ones.
    – soandos
    Aug 2, 2012 at 1:15

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