Free ReactOS (Windows clone) in VirtualBox

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The ReactOS VirtualBox install procedure gives a Free (GPL) Windows replacement that can use USB devices. Sometimes one needs to use a Windows VM when USB devices are required, since WINE does not yet support USB devices without considerable hacking.

ReactOS advantages vs. Windows

  • ReactOS boot image is under 150 MB and 400 MB for base installation, while Windows is nearing a 10 GB install
  • no OS license maintenance with Free (GPL) ReactOS
  • no licensing worries about making many copies of a working ReactOS install. Get a VM working and copy it to many workstations.
  • ReactOS “Lautus” theme looks, works and feels like Windows XP, so there are few concerns about transitioning users reluctant to change

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