Install a Virtual Machine on Windows 10
Edited by Jay, Maria Quinney
There are numerous reasons for running another Operating System on a single computer. It could be to try out a new OS (Linux, Ubuntu), to use software that's only available on a particular OS, to perform various tweaks without risking your primary system, etc. A great way to run a different operating system than the one installed on your hard drive is to create a Virtual Machine (VM). A VM can run inside a standard application window, without affecting your main (host) operating system. With a virtualization environment, you're free to run anything you want without the worry of harming your files. The guest operating system runs within the virtualization environment, completely independent of the OS installed on your hard disk.
There are several VM programs out there to choose from. Depending on whether you're running them for personal or commercial use, there is no shortage of VM apps to use. The app we're going to focus on in this tutorial, however, is called Oracle VM VirtualBox. This free open source software is highly praised for both its functionality and reliability. It's also free, so those who are just starting out creating VMs can get their feet wet before purchasing another application.
One important thing that should be noted is you'll need either a licensed or trial version of an operating system to be able to create a VM on your Windows 10 computer. It can be an ISO or an actual CD/DVD ROM, but you need the license key or a trial version.
A second important thing to remember before plunging into the VM world is that you're going to need free hard drive space, as well as some RAM to spare. During the VM creation phase, VirtualBox will suggest how much space and memory you should use, based on the OS you're installing.
In the following VisiHow guide, we're going to show how to install Oracle VM VirtualBox on a Windows 10 PC, in addition to creating a VM. For this article, we used a Clevo Laptop running Windows 10 Professional. The OS we installed on our virtual machine was Windows 10 Enterprise (90-day trial).
Install Oracle VM VirtualBox on Windows 10
- 1Open your web browser of choice and visit this link. Once you're on the Download VirtualBox page, click the "Windows Hosts" link.Advertisement
Create a VM on Windows 10
- 7The last step before we get to installing the actual OS is to write the name of the new virtual hard disk. By default, it will have the same name as the description.
- 15When you choose to remove a VM from VirtualBox, a question window will appear. You can choose to either; "Delete all files" or "Remove only".