How to install Windows on a virtual machine using VirtualBox

Hi, my name is Cameron and I am an 11 year old boy with autism from the UK. I love computers and making virtual machines to use and play with. I thought I’d share how easy it is to create a Windows based virtual machine using VirtualBox.

You will need the following:

VirtualBox (can be found at https://www.virtualbox.org/)

Windows Media Creation Tool (can be found at https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10)

Step 1. Download the required software

Not much to say here; Go to the sites above and download the software.

Step 2. Use the Media Creation Tool

Simple media creation tool. When asked what you want to do, select Create installation media and click Next. Then you will be asked to choose the language, architecture and version; You can skip this because Windows will select the recommended options for your computer. After that, he decided to use the ISO file. Then click Next and locate your ISO; You can also choose the file name. However, you can keep it as default if you wish.

Step 3. Prepare the VM.

Once the ISO is done, you can now create a VM. Just click the “New” button.

Once you click on it, change the name of the VM to Windows 10, and the VM will automatically adjust the operating system configuration to Windows 10; Feel free to call it anything else; Simply use the dropdown menu and select Windows 10 (x64) or Windows 10 (x86) if you set the ISO to 32-bit. You can then change the size of the RAM. However, you can keep this by default if you wish. Then click Finish.

Next, click on Start, and you will be prompted to select a startup disk. If the Windows 10 ISO does not appear, click on the folder icon with a small arrow next to it. This will allow you to locate the ISO manually. Once you select the ISO, a prompt will appear: Press any key to boot from CD or DVD. Press a random key, and the installation can begin.

Step Four: Install Windows

We can start the installation now that the virtual machine is set up. Decide on your area options, and the building can begin.

Windows will now ask for the product key.

Please use a legitimate WINDOWS key; I do not encourage piracy.

After entering the product key, you can proceed.

If you do not have a product key, click I do not have a product key and select the version you want; You can still use the operating system. (Some features such as personalization will be disabled.)

This menu will now appear; We’ll choose Custom for this tutorial.

Windows will then ask you where you want the drive; Click {Next.

Windows should now start installing. You can relax while installing it.

Once the installation is complete, this should be on your screen. Select your region and click Yes.

Now select your keyboard layout and click Yes again.

It will then ask you if you want a second keyboard layout; We will skip this.

Then, wait a minute or two.

Now select Setup for personal use, then click Next.

Now it will ask you if you want to add a Microsoft account; If you don’t want to click on Offline Account, we will.

You will be told that you can access more Microsoft apps and services, but click on Limited trial.

Now type a username and click Next.

Now select a password.

Now decide if you want apps to be able to use your location; We will click “No” and then “Accept”.

We will do the same for Find My Device since this is a virtual device.

Now we will be asked about the diagnosis. We will select Send required diagnostic data for the data we want to send to Microsoft. Click Accept.

We are now asked if we want Windows to help us improve our writing; We will choose No, then click Accept.

You will now be asked about personalized experiences; We will also say No and then click Accept.

You will now be asked if you want the apps to use the advertising identifier; Again, no, then accept.

You will now be asked to customize your experience. We’ll click on Skip.

On this screen, tap Not now, or if you want to use Cortana inside the virtual machine, tap Accept. We’ll do the former here.

This screen should appear; Now that you’re ready, sit down for a few minutes, and you’ll have a Windows 10 VM!

We recommend installing VirtualBox Guest Additions, go to Devices and click Insert Guest Additions CD Image. Next, go to This PC and click on drive D:

Hope this guide was helpful. Thank you for taking the time to read it.