Use VirtualBox To Install Linux On Windows XP / Vista (Screenshots)

Use VirtualBox To Install Linux On Windows XP / Vista (Screenshots)

I've been using Linux Operation System (OS) about 2 years now, and I find more suitable with this free OS, but I can't denied that I need to use Microsoft Windows OS as well. So, today I'll be writing a simple tutorial about How To Use VirtualBox To Install Linux On Windows XP / Vista with screenshot.

Virtualbox is a virtualization software which lets you install any operating system on an existing host operating system. In our case, we are going to install Ubuntu on Windows XP.

First of you need to download the free Virtualbox software from the official site of Virtualbox.

The setup file size is around 67.9MB and do not using Internet Download Manager (IDM) or any other download manager because the download will stuck, just using firefox download manager.

You will get lot of options about which version of the Virtualbox you should install. If you are using a 32 bit Operating System Windows XP then you should install the version -x86. You can however use the other versions as per the need and system requirements. Since I am using Windows XP so I’ll stick to the the x86 version.

After downloading the application, you can run its setup file and install Virtualbox in your computer.The installation will hardly take over a minute

After the installation you might get the following error which basically warns you that this application has not passed Windows Logo testing. You should click on “Continue Anyway” if you want to finish installation but if you think that Microsoft Windows knows best for you then you “Stop Installation” as well.

Now you are ready to use Virtualbox and install Ubuntu on your Windows operating system. Run the Virtualbox application by double clicking on its icon on the desktop.

You will bump into something like the following screenshot when you run Virtualbox. You will need to configure it in order to run Ubuntu or any other Operating System for that matter.

You must have a Ubuntu installation CD ready or an ISO image stored on your hard disk. Just put the Ubuntu installation CD in the CD Drive and follow the steps mentioned below.

Click on the blue-colored “New” button at the top left hand side of the Virtualbox windows. After clicking the New button, a new window will open up (screenshot below) which will guide you to create a new virtual machine.

Now when you have this New Virtual Machine window open, you may press “Next” to get to the next stage in installing Ubuntu on Windows using Virtualbox.

You can write in whatever name you want to keep for the Virtual machine. If you are installing Ubuntu, then you will have to change the Operating System to Linux and Version to Ubuntu like I did in the following image. I have named my virtual machine as “Ubuntu-on-Windows.”

After that you will be asked to allocate RAM to the virtual machine. The recommended base memory for Ubuntu is 256MB but I have given 729 MB so that you can even run run applications which consume too much base memory.

You also need to allocate hard disk for your Ubuntu. Tick "Create new hard disk" and then click "Next" to create a new hard disk.

Welcome screen to create new virtual hard disk, you might just click next

After that you have to choose a Hard Disk Storage Type, I choose "Dynamically expending storage" for better perfomance.

Then you need to allocate the size of your virtual disk location and size, if you unfamilliar with this, you should leave it and proceed to "next" to finish.

Now you done, just click "Finish".

Now you have finished the configuration or your VirtualPC.

To start using it, just click "Start" button.

The Virtual machine should automatically detect Ubuntu installation CD in your CD drive. You will also get the following notification which informs you how to use your mouse.

Welcome to the First Run Wizard,

Click "Finish" to start using VirtualPC.

Now you can using VirtualPC, you can start install Ubuntu.

If you have some difficulty please leave a comment, TQ

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