This article examines the process of installing and configuring Oracle VM VirtualBox 7.0. Using this software, you may quickly establish a virtual machine on the Microsoft Windows 10 operating system, allowing you to collaborate with another plan. Let’s get started with Oracle VM VirtualBox 7.0 setup and usage instructions.
How to Set Up Oracle VM VirtualBox 7.0 to Run Virtual Systems on Windows 10
Oracle VM VirtualBox allows you to use a different system. In contrast, your existing system runs without using the dual-boot method on your host computer that supports virtualization.
Thanks to Oracle software, you can use a Linux distribution in the virtual machine while continuing your work on your Windows 10 computer. In this case, the Linux system you are running will use your physical PC’s hardware resources efficiently and will not affect your system’s performance too much.
The virtual machines you create offer effortless installation options for various platforms such as Windows, Linux, or macOS. You can seamlessly set up any operating system within your virtual environment. However, by properly making the settings of virtual hardware devices, you both increase VM performance and do not put extra load on your host computer.
For the VirtualBox program to work best, you should use a computer with a modern Intel or AMD engine. Nevertheless, we suggest verifying the minimum hardware prerequisites for your physical computer by referring to the following list.
- Processor: A processor with a minimum of 4 or 8 cores that supports virtualization technology is vital for performance.
- RAM: While 4 GB of memory could meet virtual machines’ requirements, your host PC should possess a minimum memory size of 8 GB to ensure optimal performance.
- Disk: The disk size is automatically determined when installing the operating system. Moreover, you can manually customize the disk size to align with your preferences and requirements. A recommended range of 20 GB to 50 GB of disk space per virtual machine should adequately meet your needs.
- Graphics Card: Having a video memory of at least 2 GB of video card of your host computer will increase the performance of guest machines.
Oracle released the VirtualBox 7.0 version, which includes the most significant update of recent times, on October 10, 2022. The new version shows that the Secure Boot and TPM 1.1/2.0 features are mainly a complete innovation. Additionally, virtual machines are now fully encrypted, but this feature is only available with the CLI.
Significant changes improved the user interface in this version of the Oracle program. Upon opening the program, you will notice that the interface screen has been redesigned, incorporating a new theme. Furthermore, the virtual machine wizard has been recreated with a user-friendly interface, ensuring a more straightforward user experience.
How to Download and Install VirtualBox
After successfully downloading and installing the VBox setup file on your Microsoft Windows 10 computer, the subsequent step entails installing the Extension Pack. This package aims to install the drivers for the systems you install on guest machines.
To download the Oracle VM program, visit the official website by clicking this link, then click the Download VirtualBox 7.0 image on the open website.
When the web page containing the platform packages opens, click on the Windows Hosts link.
When you download the VirtualBox.exe file, run the file as an administrator according to your system criteria.
When the Oracle VM software wizard opens, click Next to continue the installation.
To disable some VirtualBox-related features in the Custom Setup window, change the settings and click Next.
In the window, click Yes to acknowledge that the installation will briefly disconnect the network adapters on your PC.
Click Yes in the Missing Dependencies Python Core / win32api warning window and continue. You can bypass this error and continue with the installation. Still, you can look at this article to install the win32api extension.
Click the Install button in the wizard when the download is complete. If you want to change a stage, click Back and adjust your desired locations.
Please remain patient as the Oracle virtual machine software installs on your system.
When installing VirtualBox 7.0, ensure not to deselect the appropriate option for running the program and click Finish.
When you open Oracle VM Manager, you can open the Help / About window from the tool menu to check its version.
How to Install Extension Pack
After installing VirtualBox on Windows 10, the initial step is downloading the Extension Pack. This pack is essential for configuring the drivers required for the virtual guest systems.
Visit the website where you downloaded the Oracle software, and this time click the download link in the Extension Pack title instead of the platform and download the package.
Once you have downloaded the installation file with the vbox-extpack extension, double-click on it to proceed.
When the VBox program opens automatically, you will see the Question window. In this stage, click the Install button to install Ext Pack, which enables you to use Cloud integration, Host Webcam, RDP, PXE ROM, disk encryption, NVMe, and full VM encryption features.
After reading the full text of the license agreement of the extension package, please scroll down the window that appears as the buttons will be active, and then click the I Agree button.
Open the File / Tools / Extension Pack Manager from the tool menu of the virtualization program.
The package manager lets you view the most current version of the installed software.
How to Make a New Virtual Machine Using Oracle Software
Using Oracle software on your Windows 10 host computer, you can now prepare new VMs and install any operating system.
After opening the Oracle software, click the New button from the tool menu to run the virtual machine wizard.
After you enter the name of the operating system you intend to install, the values in the Type and Version sections will automatically update. For instance, if you install Windows 10, type the system’s word in the Name field and select Other from the pop-up window to add the ISO image file.
Select and open a Windows 10 image file you downloaded to your computer.
Skip unattended installation in the virtual machine wizard with the new interface and continue.
Specify the primary memory size and the number of virtual processors in the hardware settings and confirm the EFI installation.
Create a new virtual disk for a clean system and configure the disk size in the virtual hard disk settings.
Check the hardware information of the Windows 10 guest machine and close the wizard.
At this stage, you can start the VM directly and proceed to the installation steps, but open the virtual hardware settings of the Windows 10 VM.
Open General / Advanced settings and change the options in the image below to Bidirectional to enable copy-paste functionality and drag-and-drop file transfer between the virtual machine and host.
To change the boot device order of the virtual PC, disable the Floppy device from the Boot Order section of the System / Motherboard settings and enable the new feature, Secure Boot.
To make your VM run better, you can increase the number of virtual cores while considering the hardware of your host computer.
To have better graphics on your guest system, enable 3D Acceleration before Display / Screen settings and change the Video Memory size to 256 MB.
Enable the Host I/O Cache feature of the SATA controller storage device.
Activate the virtual HDD file, namely the VDI disk file, to run as an SSD drive.
To connect your USB 3.x devices to your Windows virtual system, select the xHCI controller from the USB settings.
After you optimize the hardware settings of your virtual computer, click the Start button to run it.
When the setup wizard of Microsoft Windows 10 or other systems opens, you can continue the installation by choosing your display language and keyboard layout.
When you delete the VMs you created in Oracle software, please right-click on the VM from the left panel, click Remove, and then Delete All Files to delete them from your host disk.
How to Uninstall Oracle VM VirtualBox
Suppose you wish to uninstall the VBox software from your PC. In that case, you can effortlessly remove it by accessing your system’s settings.
After clicking the Windows 10 start menu, open Settings and click on Apps.
Open the Apps & Features settings, type the VirtualBox term in the search box, find it, click the Uninstall button, and complete the removal process.
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