Introduction: How to Install Linux on Your Windows Using VirtualBox

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My name is Marwan Aljadani from class B203, I`ll be show you how to install Linux on your Windows.

You just need Two things:

- VirtualBox
This software can running Windows, Linux, Mac operating systems.
you can download it from HERE

- Linux OS ( For example Linux Mint 15 )
This is the Linux system. 
you can download it from HERE

Step 1: Choose System Type

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- After install VirtualBox, click New.
- Write your system Name for example Linux Mint 15.
Select Type: Linux.
Select Version: Ubuntu.

Step 2: Select the Amount of RAM

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- Here select the amount of RAM

For example:

1024 MB = 1 GB
2048 MB = 2 GB

Step 3: Hard Disk Setting

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- Choose Create a virtual hard drive now, to make a virtual disk space.
- Then select the VDI to make a backup.
- Choose Dynamically allocated.
- Now select the amount of hard drive size.

Step 4: Choose Liunx ISO File

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- Now we done from hardware setting.

- Click Start to launch system.
- Choose your system iso file from your computer.
for example my system iso file is (linuxmint-15-cinnamon-dvd-32bit.iso)

Step 5: Install Linux and Make Account

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- Click on the Install Linux Mint.
- And select Erase disk and install Linux Mint.
- Then press Install Now.

- Now make your account
- Then press Continue.

Step 6: Congratulations

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- Congratulations now you have Linux on your Windows.


samirak3 (author)2017-11-24

Please help me. After installation something went wrong. So I removed the file from virtualbox->file->virtual media manager but still I can see my drive is allocated with the space. Can you please tell me how should I free that space.

tarunk72 (author)2017-11-14

Linux is running fine but in rendering mode and keeps throwing the message on screen. Any instructions on that?

masilat made it! (author)2017-09-20

Successfully made it in 1st attempt.

chd made it! (author)2017-08-29

after isntalling the linux and close the vmvirtual machine
and restart the laptop pls guide

chd (author)2017-08-29

hello my mouse is not work and window is stuck
pls help me

tekguru1 made it! (author)2017-01-26

Use these instructions I made. Use the os you want. You may need to adjust the 1024 mb is usually OK under memory and HDD size about 20 or 25mb. Also choose a light distro of your OS like linux. Try and see! So far Mint, Ubutntu, and some other distros work well. Windohs! 10 works but takes some effort. You will need the install key again. MacOS should work like linux, there is even a Linux version that looks like a MAC OS out there. Have fun!

CorD1 (author)2015-07-03

Step 5. Click on the "Install Linux Mint." Huh? I can find NO such button or link that says this. AND...nowhere in the images is there such button. Guess now I'm just stuck. I try to start it, and all I get is it will boot in 5 seconds...then a blank screen. You go from "selecting the iso", to what looks like a "full running" version linux 15. Guess you installed it already. Why suddenly get all secretive. SHOW the entire process, not just part of it. Unless you're just Trolling?

pokekart2002 (author)CorD12016-04-15

There's an icon on the Linux desktop. The first time you press start, it will show you a 10 second wait time, and a couple of console stuff. Just wait through, even if you think nothing is happening. Then you will be led to the desktop without even logging in. On there is the icon that says "Install Linux Mint".

GURPREETS55 made it! (author)pokekart20022016-11-09

i got this kind of error can you plz help me out.

santi0301 (author)2016-11-04

Good '-')9

SyaifuddinZ (author)2016-10-12


AneesahY made it! (author)2016-02-07

This set of instructions kept me from getting a fat zero on my homework assignment for my Intro to Operating Systems class. It took over 24 hours to find good instructions to help download Linux on Windows 10 though a VirtualBox so I can complete the homework questions. Thank you Thank you Thank you!!

AndrewS314 (author)AneesahY2016-05-22

Another way to use Linux with Windows 10 is to install it on a USB drive and then boot from the USB drive. There may be an Instructable on it. If not then do a search for Pen Drive Linux. Make sure you follow the instructions for a drive with persistence. If not, any changes made will be lost when you reboot the machine.

Michael JohnK (author)2016-05-04

Great tutorial. Worked perfectly.If you are contemplating drive space allocation, go with at least 10 GB (depending on your needs, of course). Mint wants 8.4. Thanks!

AJL5 (author)2016-03-25

if i press erase disk, that only erases on the VirtualBox, Right?

not on my Actual Laptop?

pokekart2002 (author)AJL52016-04-15

Yes. It only erases the Virtual disk. Not your actual one.

GadgetM1 (author)2016-02-22

Glad I found this page, worked great except for on my Lenovo G50-45, you have to enable virtualization in the bios. (AMD SVM in my case) so that Virtualbox gives you the option to select a 64bit version of Linux. Thanks for this guide.

walter.hickerson (author)2015-04-11


varun.rao.9083 (author)2014-10-04

Hi tnx for the post.In step 5 "erase disk and install linux" doesn't selecting this option wipe ur hard disk?

no, when you create a virtual disk it allocates memory from your harddrive, the virtual machine then makes the OS think that the allocated memory is a harddrive meaning it wont erase data outside of the virtual disk. hope that helps.

DavidS45 (author)2015-03-01

For those who are trying to install Linux on Windows XP or another older OS on a computer with physical memory size 1 GB or less (which is now considered small), only special tiny versions of Linux will work. An example is CorePlus-current.iso (only 72 MB), which can be downloaded from and other websites. This OS will run in 256 MB of memory under VirtualBox. I was able to install and run two different browsers in the guest OS (Core Plus), all from within the guest. Of course, they both ran slowly, but they appeared to run correctly.

And, of course, it is possible create a VM that contains MS-DOS 6 and Windows 3.1 under VirtualBox running on an XP with a small memory.

For practical and up-to-speed execution of most OSes under VirtualBox, I recommend that the host be a "modern" computer and OS.

PhotonK (author)2014-12-28

Thanks a lot. The steps are well organized.

maljadani (author)2013-09-15

Phil B: Hello...
Some people have a basic and simple works to do in linux, those people don't need to install a really OS, sometimes who are installing the really linux OS side by side with windows, they are have some problems with booting files, if you want to installing these together you should be install windows first then install linux after that.

About the printers, some brands like HP supported linux OS, they use HPLIP (Hewlett-Packard's Linux Imaging and Printing) software, try use it.

Thank you.

Phil B (author)2013-09-14

Before I got a new Windows 7 laptop I was using a Windows XP laptop more than ten years old. I decided to try Puppy Linux (boots from a CD) because I did not want to pay for virus protection on it and on my desktop computer, too. It was great for surfing the Internet, but I never did figure out how to get my printer to work with it. How is this version of Linux when it comes to connecting to hardware? Also, does what you have described allow the user to boot in Windows and in Linux?

antioch (author)2013-09-14

Adding 'under VirtualBox' to the title would be nice!

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