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How to create a Virtual Machine in VirtualBox

    • Download the VirtualBox software for your machine from here.

    • Depending on your system you may need to enable CPU virtualization in your settings.

    • Click on the VirtualBox Installer to start the installation wizard. Once the wizard is started you can choose which features are installed.

    • It is highly recommended that you ensure that the network interface options are installed.

    • On the Ready to Install Screen, hit install to start the installation process. After the installation process is finished, you can tick the checkbox for starting the VM is installed.

    • To create a new virtual machine you can either click on Machine > New, or choose the blue star to create a new VM. The Virtual Machine Wizard will appear, and you will be prompted to click Next.

    • Once you hit next, you will be prompted to enter a name of your choice for your virtual machine, along with the information for the operating system you wish to virtualize.

    • You will also have to designate the amount of memory (RAM) you want to the virtual machine to use.

    • Ensure that you allocate an appropriate amount based on the requirements of the operating system and applications you intend to run.

    • Once the initial properties are set, you will need to allocate the amount of storage you want your virtual machine to have.

    • Choose the Create a virtual hard disk now option and click Create to proceed.

    • Select the desired hard disk file type and storage location.

    • Choose the disk size and storage allocation options, and then click Create to create the virtual hard disk.

    • Back in the VirtualBox Manager, select the newly created virtual machine and click on the Settings button.

    • Here, you can configure various settings such as CPU, network, storage, and more to match your requirements.

    • Click on the Start button in the VirtualBox Manager to launch the virtual machine.

    • Follow the prompts to install the operating system of your choice within the virtual machine.

    • Insert the installation media (ISO file, CD/DVD, etc.) and proceed with the installation process.

    • After the operating system installation is complete, you have the option to install VirtualBox Guest Additions.

    • This package enhances the performance and features of the virtual machine.

    • Select Devices in the VirtualBox menu and choose Insert Guest Additions CD image.

    • Follow the on-screen instructions to install the Guest Additions.

    • Once the installation and configuration are complete, you can start the virtual machine by selecting it in the VirtualBox Manager and clicking on the Start button.

    • You can now use the virtual machine as you would with a physical machine by installing applications, accessing the internet, and performing tasks specific to the operating system.

    • The nice thing about using a virtual machines is that you can take snapshots of the virtual machine's state at various points in time. This feature is particularly useful when testing programs or performing potentially risky actions. If something goes wrong, you can revert back to a previous snapshot and start over, saving time and effort.


Virtual machines provide a flexible and efficient way to run multiple operating systems on a single physical machine, allowing you to explore different environments and perform various tasks.

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