As per Redhat, Virtualization is a technology that allows you to create multiple simulated environments or dedicated resources from a single, physical hardware system. There are many software available like VMWare, Oracle VirtualBox, QUEMU, Microsoft Hyper-V, etc.
This article mainly focuses on VirtualBox and explains how to download and install on Windows 10 platform.
Oracle VirtualBox is an x86 and AMD64/Intel64 virtualization cross-platform tool. It is the feature-rich, high performance, free and open source. You can download and use it without paying any fee and also contribute to its development. It is the community developed tool and supported by Oracle Corporation. You can install it on any Windows, Linux, and use it to install the additional OS.
Host Operating System – It is the operating system of the computer on which you are going to install VirtualBox.
Guest Operating System – It is the operating system that you install/import in VirtualBox.
Virtual Box supports below host and guest operating system,
Host Operating Systems
Oracle Virtualbox supports most of the commercial available OS. Below is the list,
- Microsoft Windows 7/8/10
- Linux OS family – Ubuntu, Debian, Suse
- Apple Macintosh OS
- Oracle Solaris
Guest Operating System
Below is the complete list of Guest OS support. It also supports Microsoft Windows, Linux, FreeBSD and DOS flavors of OS.
- Microsoft Windows 7/8/10/2000/XP
- Oracle Linux
- Redhat Linux
- Mac OS
- OS/2 2.0
- BeOS R5
Refer to this official page to check all supporting OS with the version number.
It is free and open-source. You can download VirtualBox latest version from this official page. Choose proper version as per your Operating system 32 bit or 64 bit.
This software is released under GPL version 2.
Download VirtualBox 5.2.8 platform packages.
These are ready to install binary or exe file for the respective platforms. You just need to download it and install it as per the respective operating system method.
Download VirtualBox 5.2.8 Oracle VM VirtualBox Extension Pack
This is an extension package, it adds additional functionality like USB, RDP support. It is released under the VirtualBox Personal Use and Evaluation License (PUEL).
- The virtual USB 2.0 (EHCI) device
- The virtual USB 3.0 (xHCI) device
- VirtualBox Remote Desktop Protocol (VRDP) support
- Host webcam passthrough
- Intel PXE boot ROM.
- Experimental support for PCI passthrough on Linux hosts
- Disk image encryption with AES algorithm
Note: Extension pack and VirtualBox Version numbers should be the same.
This SDK for Virtualbox and you can download it from here.
Click on the downloaded exe file to start the installation. It is a wizard-driven install, you just need to click on Next to continue and Cancel to exit the setup wizard.
Below are the complete step-by-step instructions for VirtualBox Installation with screenshots.
Here you can select the way you want features to be installed. You can install features or remove those from the installation option.
Do not change anything here. Let it be the default. Options you can choose (only for advanced user),
- Entire features will be installed on local hard drive
- Entire feature will be installed to run from network
- Entire feature will be unavailable.
Select unselect the checkbox depending on the preference. If you unselect that option will not be installed. I would suggest going with the default option so that it creates a start menu entry, shortcut on the desktop, add a shortcut in the quick launch bar and register file association.
Warning: Network Interface
You will get a warning as “Installing the Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.28. Networking features will reset your network connection and temporarily disconnect you from the network. Proceed with installation now”.
This is fine. Just click on Yes.
After all pre-requisite checks, your installation will start. Click the Install button.
Installation starts, you can see below screen with progress bar.
It installs Oracle Corporation Universal Serial Bus and Network adapters. You will get a warning as shown below. Just click on install.
You have successfully installed Oracle VM in your Windows desktop and it is ready to use.
Click Finish Button and you can see Oracle VM VirtualBox Manager running.
Oracle Virtualbox is a free virtualization product which can help to install multiple OS. Go ahead install it and create Windows 10 virtual machine.
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