There are plenty of reasons to install a Windows 10 operating system (OS) on VirtualBox in Windows 10. For instance, if you have already installed Windows 10 Pro edition and want to give it a shot or test Windows 10 Home edition then there’s no better way to install it on VirtualBox VM. So, in this guide, you are going to learn how to install Windows 10 on VirtualBox in Windows 10.
Furthermore, if you need to deal with files that you can’t trust, you need to test several OS installations on the same system, or you need access to the operating system without having to use it as a regular driver, a VM provides access to its features and functionality without thinking about long-term maintenance of the OS installation. Fortunately, it is not especially difficult to set up Windows 10 in a VM.
So, without further ado, here’s how to install Windows 10 on VirtualBox in Windows 10:
Step 1. Download & Install VirtualBox VM
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- First, download the latest version of VirtualBox for Windows. Click Windows Hosts and the download will begin automatically.
- Navigate the folder where you have downloaded your VirtualBox and double-click on the downloaded “VirtualBox” file to install it.
- Oracle VM VirtualBox 6.1.16 Setup” window will appear on the screen and click on the “Next” button to continue.
- Choose the location where you want to install the VirtualBox and click on the “Next” button to continue.
- Click Next.
- Click Yes and then click the Install button to start the installation process.
Step 2. Download Windows 10 ISO File to Install Windows on VirtualBox
First off, head over to the Windows 10 download page. If you are a Windows user, MS will prompt you to download the Media Creation Tool before allowing you to download an OS image. You can use this tool to create an ISO file locally, or you can follow these additional instructions if you want to download the ISO manually without being forced to grab the tool first.
Step 3. Create a New Virtual Machine
Once you have downloaded and installed both the Windows 10 ISO and VirtualBox, open-up the virtual machine and click on the New option.
Now, type in a Name for the virtual machine, make sure the Type is set to Mircosoft Windows, and choose either the 32-bit or 64-bit version, depending on the ISO you downloaded. Once you’re done, click on Next.
Now, set the RAM size to at least 4 GB (4096 MB) and click on Next. 2048 MB is recommended.
Select the Create a virtual hard disk now option and click on the Create button to continue.
Select the VDI (VirtualBox Disk Image) option and click Next.
On the next screen, if you want a faster setup, select Dynamically allocated. If you want faster performance (which we recommend), select Fixed size, and then click Next. If you don’t know which one to choose from then leave it as it is.
Select the amount of space for your virtual machine and click the Create button.
Step 4. Installing Windows 10 via VirtualBox
Now, your virtual machine has been successfully created and it is time to install Windows 10 on it.
Go back to VirtualBox, and then click Start.
A new window opens so you can do this manually. Click the folder with the green up arrow to choose the Windows 10 ISO file.
Click the Add button and locate the Windows 10 ISO file and then click Open.
Make sure that Windows 10 ISO file is selected and click Choose.
Now, you are ready to install Windows 10 via VirtualBox on your Windows 10 PC, click Start.
Choose the Time, Keyboard, and Language, and then click Next.
Click Install Now.
Skip the request for a product key to activate Windows by clicking I don’t have a product key.
Select any Windows 10 operating system and click Next. In my case, I will choose Windows 10 Home.
Click I accept the license terms and click Next.
Select the unallocated drive and click Next. Wait until the installation process is completed.
From here on, follow the on-screen instructions to complete the process. In my case, I have successfully installed Windows 10 on VirtualBox.
That’s it. This is how you can install Windows 10 on VirtualBox in Windows 10. the process is very easy and it might seem a bit tricky while following the above-mentioned steps but that’s not the case. If you faced any kind of problem feel free to contact us in the comment section below.