Should I install windows in a virtual box on my computer or do a windows shared installation. Which is safer and easier?

Asked by Joel Stein on 2012-12-22

Iam buying a new computer and want to use Ubuntu as my main OS. I would also like windows because somethings can only be done with windows (easily). I'm wondering which would be safer and easier. Should I use windows in a virtual box or just install it alongside the Ubuntu. Any advice would be welcome.

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Adam Cajander (cajander1111) said :

I'm fairly new to Ubuntu but I had Windows and Ubuntu installed on separate partitions and it gave me nothing but trouble. In no time at all my Ubuntu install started hanging on the boot screen so I had nothing left but Windows. Then not to long ago I was fed up with Windows so I just did a fresh install of Ubuntu, wiping out my old broken Ubuntu install and Windows, and I haven't looked back since. Have you heard of Wine? It's a way of running Windows programs in Ubuntu. I think that you should totally ditch Windows and just use Ubuntu and Wine, or a virtual machine. What did you need t o use Windows for that Ubuntu can't do anyways? I just think it would be a lot less complicated and safer to use Windows on a VM, if you want Ubuntu to be your main O/S. You'll probably stop using Windows altogether after a while anyways.

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Best marcobra (Marco Braida) (marcobra) said :

I strongly suggest to install Ubuntu then install Windows in a Virtualbox virtual machine... you will have:

1) Ubuntuis a solid platform without any viruses issue... a good base to your virtual pc
2) Install Virtualbox and on a virtual pc you can install and run Windows (still you need it ?)
3) Then still in Virtualbox you can easily save a copy (Virtualbox menu: File → Export appliance) of entire Windows virtual pc as a file... to easily backup in the same pc or on a external usb media and then to restore if you need

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marcobra (Marco Braida) (marcobra) said :

i forgot ...
4) you will be able to run ubuntu and windows at the same time and you will be able to share data from them... using shared

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Joel Stein (ticktockman) said :

Thanks Marco. I actually was leaning that way myself. I've already downloaded virtualbox and am ready to go. I'm a little leary as I've never used virtualbox before and don't know how to run the download but hopefully it won't be too complicated.

Thanks a bunch.

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Joel Stein (ticktockman) said :

Thanks marcobra (Marco Braida), that solved my question.