Installing Oracle VM VirtualBox in Windows 10

Oracle VM VirtualBox is an open source Virtual Machine (VM) management software that is used to create and manage VMs. VirtualBox has been developed by Oracle software company and this post shows a step-by-step procedure on how to install VirtualBox in Windows 10 operating system. This post targets persons with interest in virtualization of OSs or those who would want to perform tests in operating systems that is different from the ones installed in their computer. 

Pre-requisites
  1.  Operating system with Virtualization enabled. The host machine/OS (your PC’s OS) should have virtualization enabled.
  2.  Guest machine’s hardware specifications. For example, if installing Windows 10, the pre-requisites for the OS should be adhered to to avoid issues like crashing due to less memory or space.
Checking for Virtualization in Windows 10

To check for virtualization in Windows 10, log into your Windows PC and right click on the taskbar and the following menu appears.

The menu items on the left consists of settings and customizations of the Windows Task Manager. Click on the Task Manager option to open the Windows Task Manager window.

Our interest is checking on the status of virtualization of the operating system.

 

 

 

The task manager is displayed and appears as shown below. It contains various tabs at the top for services and performance among others. Click on the Performance tab to show the machine’s CPU power, RAM and network usage among others. The performance tab appears as shown below.

 

Note the text circled in red. It indicates whether the virtualization is enables. If not then the computer cannot run VirtualBox and create VMs and needs to be looked at. 

 

Downloading VirtualBox

Navigate in the browser to the Oracle VM VirtualBox’s download page here. The page contains different downloads arranged by supported platform. The download page appears as shown below.

Click on the Windows hosts link above to start downloading the Windows 10 setup. After downloading the setup appears in the file system as shown below. Right click the VirtualBox setup and click Open option as shown below.

An installation wizard appears providing steps for installing VirtualBox and appears as shown below.

The first page is the welcome page. Click Next to continue.

The page above shows different components that come shipped inside the VirtualBox installation setup and the location in which the installation files will be extracted to. To change the location of installation, click Browse button. All the options have been left as default in these steps. Click Next to continue.

Further, the setup shows other customizations on whether the startup menus and shortcuts should be created among others. The options have been left as default as shown above. Click Next to continue.

This page indicates that Oracle VM VirtualBox installer re-configures the currently existing network in order to accommodate setups own network settings. Since the network interfaces are important for connecting VMs with guest and the internet as well, we’ll select Yes button.

This page shows that the configurations of the installer have been completed. To install, click Install.

A green installation progress bar is shown indicating the installation progress level. During installation some pop up windows appear as shown below.

The confirmation for installing Universal Serial Bus (USB) support drivers for VirtualBox is shown first.

The confirmation for installing the network drivers for VirtualBox is also shown. On both popups one can choose whether to check the box next to ‘Always trust software from “Oracle Corporation” then click Install button to proceed with installation.

Once the installation is complete the final page shown above appears. To run VirtualBox immediately after installation, ensure the checkbox for stating VirtualBox is checked as shown above. Once checked, click Finish to close the installation wizard and run VirtualBox.

VirtualBox window appears as shown above and contains several menu items denoted by different icons. For details on the VirtualBox user interface, refer to the official Oracle VM VirtualBox documentation here.

Check the following post on creating a VM in VirtualBox.

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