Oct 03 2014

Windows 10: Installing with VirtualBox


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The evaluation version of Windows 10 has been released by Microsoft for savvy PC users try out. If you’re one of the many users who hated Windows 8, you may want to check out the evaluation version to see what’s in store going forward. It is rather nice to mention that Microsoft has wonderfully agreed to upgrade all Windows 8 users to Windows 10 without charge. I guess that’s the price for being a guinea pig.

Some users may be uncomfortable with installing Windows 10 on their PCs on a separate partition, so I have decided to document the installation process Windows 10 with VirtualBox. VirtualBox is a virtual machine environment that allows you to install Windows 10 in a sandbox environment and doesn’t require you to repartition your hard drive and there’s no risk to your system if something goes wrong.


The two main things that you’re going to need are:

  • a copy of VirtualBox
  • and the ISO evaluation version of Windows 10

VirtualBox

VirtualBox can be downloaded from here:

At the time this documentation VirtualBox version was 4.3.16. The executable is approximately 100 MB. Once the installation software has been downloaded, run the installation; continues through with a default installation. No special settings should be required to complete the set. During installation process, some specialized drivers for VirtualBox will be required. Typically, reboot your system with VirtualBox is not required; but if it asks, or requires it, please do so.

This is the main form with Windows 10 already installed.

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Windows 10 evaluation [download]

At the time of this documentation, you can download the technical previews of Windows 10 on this website:

Is the English version, 64-bit and 32-bit; other versions can be downloaded directly from that website.

English 64-bit (x64)

Download (3.81 GB)

English 32-bit (x86)

Download (2.93 GB)

Once you have the ISO downloaded to local machine, you can go back to VirtualBox to start installation of Windows 10.

Installation Steps

With VirtualBox open, click on the option for new, in the top right corner.

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The first prompt you get should be to create a virtual machine. The name of the virtual machine should be something you’re going to be familiar with, for example Windows 10. The type of virtual machine you’re going to be using is going to be a Microsoft Windows machine. In the last box on the screen, you’ll want to select the latest version of Windows; Windows 8.1.

Choose next.

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In this next step, VirtualBox is asking how much memory you would like to set aside for running Windows 10 inside your virtual machine. The recommendation is 2 GB, but if you have more available memory, my suggestion would be to allocate as much as you can for performance reasons.

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The next step is to allocate storage space for your virtual machine. The recommendation by VirtualBox is to set aside 25 GB of virtual hard drive storage space. Considering this is for an evaluation, 25 GB should be fine.

Choose the option to create.

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The next step is to determine what type of virtual hard drive you like to establish. Again, since this is for evaluation purposes, I would go with the defaults. Of course, if you are more familiar with VirtualBox, please fill free to make adjustments to your liking.

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The next step is to create the virtual hard drive. You can create your virtual hard drive as a dynamically sized hard drive or you can create a virtual hard drive as a fixed size. Again, as an evaluation, it’s safer to go with the dynamically sized hard drive because you may not know what you’re going to do with right now.

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In one of the final steps of creating the virtual hard drive is to confirm the name of the virtual hard drive and the amount of space that you want to use. Using the defaults here should be fine.

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Completing that step, should take you back to the main form of VirtualBox.

The Windows 10 machine should be listed on the far left hand side.

Your new VirtualBox Windows 10 machine, and then choose the option for settings, the option for storage and then the option for adding a CD/DVD drive.

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After you the new CD/DVD drive, you should be prompted to choose disc.

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After you choose this option, you’ll be presented with a Windows Explorer window to browse to where the downloaded ISO for Windows 10 was saved. Select the Windows 10 ISO and then click on okay.

You should now be able to go into VirtualBox, select Windows 10 in the top left-hand corner and choose the option for start.

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Based on the speed and performance of your machine, installation of Windows 10 should take anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour.


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