How to install a virtual machine in VirtualBox by Bas Wijdenes

In this blog post I will explain you how to install a virtual machine in Oracle VirtualBox. The reasons I chose VirtualBox is because it is free software. it is fairly easy, but I want to use this post on multiple blog posts.

What do we need?

  1. … VirtualBox installed on your device.
  2. … a Windows ISO.
  3. … a device with at least 4Gb Memory(RAM) and 70Gb harddisk.

Lets start
Go to virtualbox.org or click here for to download directly (windows).

Click on run and follow the next steps.

welcome to oracle VM

Keep all options, it does not use too much space.

Custom setup

Warning: Network interfaces | This will disconnect your network be sure you have saved everything that has to do with your internet connection.

warning network interfaces

The options below are what you prefer.

custom setup 2

Click on ‘install’ to ‘install’ ‘Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.0.4 Setup’…

ready to install

You’ve finished the Setup Wizard. Keep ‘Start Oracle VM’ checked and click on finish.

VM installation is complete

In this screen you can create a new VM to run an operating system in.

click new VM

Give it a name and choose a version. If your version is not in the list, choose the version that most closely resembles.

create virtual machine

Pick the Memory(RAM). you could keep it on 512MB, but with 512MB it will be very slow so you better choose 2 to 4GB.

memory size

Since I’m explaining you how to install a VM for the first time I’ll assume you need a new ‘virtual hard disk’. Click next.

create virtual machine hard disk

The next option is tricky. I leave it on the VDI because it is the best option, but if you want to use it later to an existing device you better go for a normal hard disk.

hard disk file type

The next option is explained in the screenshot, please read that before you continue.

storage on physical hard disk

You can give your hard disk the name of your VM so you know which VM belongs to which hard disk. You can also hold the location default. You can always copy it from here.

file location and size

Click the VM and then click on settings.

VM settings

Click on  1. storage > 2. empty > 3. CD/DVD drive. Choose the iso you want a VM off…

VM settings 2

Start your VM and follow the ISO installation options… from here I’m not going to help because I assume you wanted to install a VM for a reason.

Good luck and if you want to know more about VirtualBox please comment below!

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Bas

My name is Bas Wijdenes and I work full-time as a Services Engineer. In my spare time I write about the error messages that I encounter during my work. Furthermore, I am currently occupied with Office 365, Azure infra, and PowerShell for automating daily tasks.

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