Introduction: Installing Windows on a Mac Using VirtualBox
Have you ever tried to install a Windows operating system on a Mac computer? Have you ever needed a software that is just supported in Windows, but you own a Mac? Did you know you can install windows on your mac using a different tool called VirtualBox? There is also another way of installing Windows through Bootcamp, however running a Windows in the VirtualBox is like running any other application in Mac. In this instructable, you will learn from where you can download VirtualBox and how to install Windows 10 on it.
Minimum Installation Requirement
- Processor 1 GHz or faster. - RAM 2 GB (64 bit). - The hard disk of free space 16 GB - Windows ISO file. It can be downloaded from the link below: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10ISO - Download VirtualBox from the link below: https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads
Step 1: Download Windows 10 ISO File.
To download Windows ISO file, navigate through the link provided above and select the edition for the windows. Here we are installing Windows 10, so select “Windows 10” and hit Confirm. Once you confirm, choose the language you want for your windows. Go ahead and select “English”. Click the respective bit you want to download; however, we are downloading 64-bit here so click “64-bit Download”.
Step 2: Download and Install VirtualBox in Your Computer.
To download VB, go to the link provided above and select the appropriate version for your machine. And to install the VirtualBox on your mac, simply click the pkg file then click continue.
Step 3: Create Virtual Machine on Mac
To create a virtual machine on Mac, open the VirtualBox first, then tap on the “New”. Once you clicked, a window called “Name and operating system” will pop open. Choose a name and operating system type, and version. Leave the memory size and hard disk option as default. However, you can certainly increase the memory size if your computer has a larger size. In the name field, type “Windows 10” then choose the Windows type and version. In version field, choose “Windows 10 (64-bit)”. Once you are done. Click on the “Create” button.
Step 4: Create Virtual Machine Continue.
Now select the file size for the windows. Adjust the size according to the space available in your Mac. Make sure VDI (VirtualBox Disk Image) and Dynamically allocated is checked. Now click “Create” button to proceed next.
Step 5: Loading Windows 10 ISO File to Virtual Machine.
To load the ISO file, first, click to the “Settings” at the top left corner of the VirtualBox. In the Windows 10 – General window, click on the storage.
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In the Storage tab, now click the “Empty” disk button and click disc icon
on the right middle corner to choose the option “Choose Virtual Control Disk File”. Click “OK”.
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Now navigate to the downloaded ISO file. Select the ISO file and click “Open”.
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Now, click “OK”.
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Step 6: Start Installing Windows 10.
To begin the installation process, click the “Start” with a green arrow. Choose the basic settings for your Windows while installing. For the trial version, you can select “I don’t have a product key”.
After completing the installation process, you can now enjoy Windows on a Mac and download the software you needed to.