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Old 07-02-2017, 09:23 PM   #1
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run Win in Linux


I have to use Windoze to access my online bank. I have a copy of Windows 7. I want to make it work in Ubuntu 16.04.

What program is best? I have really only heard of Boxes. I am not very good with computers, so is this easy to do?

At the moment, I have to enter the bios, go to boot, set it to windows boot manager, restart. Windows is also sooo slow, it is a pain.

If I could just start and run Win in Ubuntu, that would be much more convenient.
 
Old 07-02-2017, 09:48 PM   #2
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I have a quite functional VM of Windows 7 running in VirtualBox on Slackware --Current. I think that VirtualBox is probably the easiest virtualizer for home users. VB should be in your repos.

You can see a screenshot here: http://pineviewfarm.net/weblog/2017/04/geeking-out-16/

As far as the Windows install is concerned, it's on its own computer. It's a legit registered Windows install and it doesn't know it's in a VM.

Afterthought:

I can connect to my bank (and my previous bank) here in the USA quite nicely on Linux. I find it rather distressing that your bank requires you to use Windows. You have my sympathy.

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Old 07-02-2017, 10:12 PM   #3
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Windows in virtualbox will run a lot slower than it does on real hardware. There are some Linux apps that support online banking, like GnuCash. Or you could try wine...maybe.
 
Old 07-02-2017, 10:18 PM   #4
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Windows in virtualbox will run a lot slower than it does on real hardware. There are some Linux apps that support online banking, like GnuCash. Or you could try wine...maybe.
That has nothing whatsoever to do with VirtualBox.

That depends on how much RAM you can devote to the VM. I have enough RAM that I can allocate 4GB to the Windows VM and Windows runs as well as it does on that other Windows 7 computer over there (------>) that has 4GB native RAM.

As an aside, I have found that VB's default settings for RAM and hard drive size tend to be woefully inadequate. I always increase them.

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That has nothing whatsoever to do with VirtualBox.

That depends on how much RAM you can devote to the VM. I have enough RAM that I can allocate 4GB to the Windows VM and Windows runs as well as it does on that other Windows 7 computer over there (------>) that has 4GB native RAM.

As an aside, I have found that VB's default settings for RAM and hard drive size tend to be woefully inadequate. I always increase them.
You are right Trust me I've run a lot of VMs. But to give a vm 4gb you need 6 or preferably 8gb ram installed on your computer.

I was actually referring to the OP's comment that his windows was sooo slow.

So Pedroski can you provide your computer specs?
 
Old 07-05-2017, 07:58 PM   #6
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But to give a vm 4gb you need 6 or preferably 8gb ram installed on your computer.
Quite correct.

I have 16 in this Zareason desktop. I upped it from the 8 I ordered it with so as to have more fun with VirtualBox.

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16 does seem to be the "sweet spot".
 
Old 07-06-2017, 08:02 PM   #8
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16 does seem to be the "sweet spot".
It works for me. I commonly run two VMs at the same time and occasionally run three.

Of course, the sweet spot in computing is always a moving target . . . .
 
  


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