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virtualbox where is a safe place to get windows os

Asked by Derrick Matthews on 2011-02-01

well after getting a aspire one d255 with windows 7 starter for christmas, I decided I really don't like starter, so first I tried out ubuntu 10.10 liked it and decided to install it as dual boot, then I said shoot I'll install this bad boy as the only OS, and then I said dang I miss playing some of the games I used to play and wine is really useless because half of the games it allows you to play there are already Linux alternatives to. so I downloaded virtual box, but my dilemma is where is a safe place to get a windows OS

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Derrick Matthews (drrckmtthws) said : #1

meaning is there a safe place to download free

http://store.microsoft.com/home.aspx

Virtualbox will run windows but games will run eiter not at all or VERY badly.

I suppose it might be *possible* for you to download a copy of Microsoft Windows without paying, and with minimal risk, but since doing so violates copyright law in most if not all legal jurisdictions, this is NOT an appropriate place to ask for help with such a venture. Please do not solicit secondary copyright infringement on this forum.

As a separate matter, modern graphically intensive games will *not* run well inside VirtualBox. A VirtualBox virtual machine can (depending on how you configure the VM) have access to almost the entire CPU resources of the host machine, but that is not the case for your GPU (video processing) resources. You might be able to get some Windows games to run well in Ubuntu using Wine (http://winehq.org; install the package "wine" in Ubuntu)--and then you wouldn't have to have a copy of Microsoft Windows--but you won't be able to get graphically intensive games to run well inside VirtualBox.

Derrick Matthews (drrckmtthws) said : #4

well it wasn't my intent for any copy right issues just heard of people doing so in other forums, secondly not trying to run in modern games seeing that netbooks are not built to play graphically intensive games in the first place and like I said above Wine is pretty much useless(already installed it before) wine allows you to run/install windows programs in Linux but it only runs programs that Linux already has or has a alternative for, that's why I Installed virtual box, and the only reason I asked the question because I read some where that there is a version of xp for download, and wanted verify that information and find a safe place to download but since there isn't then forget the whole thing.

> wine allows you to run/install windows programs in Linux but it only runs
> programs that Linux already has or has a alternative for

That is not the case. People have run a number of programs with Wine that provide functionality not provided by programs that have been ported to GNU/Linux, including games. For example, Half-Life 2 runs near-perfectly with Wine.

You may want to check the Wine application database (http://appdb.winehq.org/) to see if the games you're interested in running work with Wine.

If someone told you that there is a "version" of Windows that is *actually* free (i.e. officially released for free), they might have been talking about ReactOS (http://www.reactos.org/en/index.html). ReactOS is not actually Windows (it is neither developed nor supported by Microsoft); it is an open source free software operating system designed to be compatible with Windows. ReactOS is Alpha software, and not suitable for production use. Furthermore, ReactOS and Wine share a good deal of code, so programs that don't run with Wine on Ubuntu are likely not to run on ReactOS either.

marcus aurelius (adbiz) said : #6

windoze 7 is a resource hog and an overkill for a netbook. as well, netbooks are underpowered, underperforming machines that can't handle the full windoze 7 installation. the cpu on my netbook ran at a temp of 55C (131F) from bootup under 7 starter. if all you want it for is to play games, the starter edition should suit your purpose.

marcus aurelius (adbiz) said : #7

windoze 7 is a resource hog and an overkill for a netbook. as well, netbooks are underpowered, underperforming machines that can't handle the full windoze 7 installation. the cpu on my netbook ran at a temp of 55C (131F) from bootup under 7 starter. if all you want it for is to play games, the starter edition should suit your purpose.

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