How to Install Oracle VM VirtualBox on Windows 10

In this article, we will install Oracle VM VirtualBox, which allows you to install and run virtual machines on Windows PC / Laptop.

How to Install Oracle VM VirtualBox on Windows 10

How to Install Oracle VM VirtualBox 6.1.18 on Windows 10

Oracle VM Software can be easily installed on many platforms. Before proceeding with the installation steps, you can take a look at What is VirtualBox. As you know, VirtualBox is a virtualization program, and with this program, we can install many new virtual operating systems on our physical computer.

After installing the Oracle VM software on Microsoft Windows 10 64-bit or 32-bit, you can create a new virtual machine and install Windows, Linux, and even macOS operating systems. What operating system you want to install and run, you will only need the ISO file.

It is very easy to install the Oracle virtual machine program on Microsoft systems. There is no installation difference between the constantly developed VBox versions, and as a result, you can install the VBox and Extension Pack by following the steps below as soon as you download each new version to your computer.

This virtualization program needs Extension Pack to use hardware resources more efficiently and effectively. After installation, we will add the Extension Pack to the virtual machine.

What’s New in VirtualBox 6.1.18 Version

The following improvements have been made in maintenance release 6.1.18:

  • Nested VM: Fixed hangs when executing nested SMP guests under certain conditions on Intel hosts.
  • OCI Integration: The parsing of Cloud Instance parameters has been improved on import.
  • Network: UDP checksum transfer no longer generates zero checksums in e1000.
  • Network: Host-Only Ethernet Adapter DHCP fixed, guest OS cannot get IP when the host is resumed.
  • NAT: mss parameter handling fixed.
  • macOS host: Multiple optimizations for BigSur.
  • Audio: Fixed issues with audio playback after the host goes to sleep.
  • Documentation: Some content retouching and table formatting fixes.
  • Linux host and guest: Supports kernel version 5.10.
  • Solaris: Fix regression that broke the VGA text mode since version 6.1.0.
  • Guest Additions: Fixed a build bug affecting CentOS 8.2-2004 and later. Fixed a build bug affecting Linux kernels from 3.2.0 to 3.2.50. Fixed a VM segment in duplicate with a clipboard shared with X11.
  • Shared Folder: Fixed a reconnection error on Linux guests.

You can check the Changelog for more information on what’s new in the program.

We recommend that you use this program to create a new virtual machine in the Microsoft operating system and install a Linux operating system. Follow the steps below in order to set up Oracle VM step by step in Microsoft Windows 10.

   Step 1

First of all, to download Oracle VM VBox 6.1.18 for Windows 10, visit this address and click the Download VBox 6.1 button as in the image below.

VBox 6.1 Download for Windows

   Step 2

If the operating system type you use is Windows 10 32 Bit / Windows 10 64 Bit, click on the Windows Hosts option to start the download process.

Windows Hosts

   Step 3

After downloading the setup file, click Right Button / Run as Administrator on the .exe file. Then, click the Next button after the setup wizard opens.

Starting VBox Setup

   Step 4

Leave the settings you see in the image below as default in the Custom Setup window and click Next.

Custom Setup

   Step 5

To create shortcuts for Oracle virtual machine software, check all the options as in the image below and click Next.

Creating Desktop and Start Menu Shortcut

   Step 6

In the Warning: Network Interfaces window, it is reported that the network adapters on your computer will be reset for a short time. Continue with Yes to the question do you want to continue the installation.

Warning: Network Interfaces

   Step 7

Click the Install button to install Oracle virtual machine software on Windows 10.

Starting VBox 6.1 Installation

   Step 8

After the installation process is complete, to run the program, check the option below and click the Finish button.

Running VBox 6.1

   Step 9

After opening the virtual machine program, check its version from Help / About.

Verifying the Version of the Virtualization Program

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How to Install Extension Pack

Once you have successfully installed and run the Oracle virtualization software on your system, the first thing you need to do is add the Extension Pack. Thanks to the extension package, you can transfer files between virtual computers and your host by the drag and drop method. In addition, you can use running VMs in full-screen mode.

Follow the steps below to configure Extension Pack 6.1.18.

   Step 1

To download Extension Pack 6.1 for Windows 10, click on All supported platforms.

Download Extension Pack

   Step 2

You can see that the icon of the Extension Pack software you downloaded is green. Double click on the file to start the installation and then click the Install button in the image below.

Extension Pack Installation

   Step 3

Scroll down the window to read the Extension Pack license agreement and then click the I Agree button to accept the agreement.

Accepting the Extension Pack License Agreement

   Step 4

After installing the extension package, click OK and close the info window.

Extension Pack Successfully Added

   Step 5

To check the Extension Pack version, click on File / Preferences and then Extensions. You can see the Extension Pack version in the Preferences interface of the program as in the image below.

Preferences / Extensions

How to Check the Network Adapter After Installation

After installing the Oracle virtual machine software on your Windows 10 computer, a new network card called Host-Only Network must be added in the network adapters section. If you cannot see a VBox related network card here, it is useful to restart the setup.

   Step 1

On Windows 10, go to the Control Panel / All Control Panel Items / Networks Connections location and check if there is a network card as shown in the image below.

Examining Network Adapters

   Step 2

On Oracle VM VirtualBox Manager, click File / Host Network Manager from the tool menu and check if there is a Host-Only network adapter as follows.

Host Network Manager

How to Uninstall Oracle VM VirtualBox

After installing VirtualBox, if you want to remove it from your computer, the first thing you need to do is back up the virtual machines you have installed to an external disk. You can then use the Add or Remove Programs tool to delete all Oracle software from your system.

   Step 1

Press the Windows Key + R together to open the Run window and type “control appwiz.cpl” command in the Open: field and click the OK button.

Opening Add and Remove Programs with CMD

   Step 2

Select Oracle VM VirtualBox in the Programs and Features window and click the Uninstall button.

Uninstalling VirtualBox

   Step 3

In the “Are you sure you want to uninstall Oracle VM VirtualBox 6.1.18?” window, continue with the Yes button.

Confirming Removal

   Step 4

Wait while the Oracle VM virtualization software is being uninstalled from your Windows 10 computer.

Removing VBox on Windows 10

   Step 5

As you can see in the image below, the shortcut of the Oracle software on the desktop and other installation files have now been removed from your system.

VBox Successfully Removed

   Step 6

Additionally, you can check if the Host-Only network card has been deleted in the Network Connections window. After all this uninstallation, it is useful to restart your computer.

Checking Network Adapters in Windows 10

Installing Older Versions

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   Final Word


In this article, we have performed the virtualization software installation steps. In our next articles, we will perform virtual machine configuration and various operating system installations with VirtualBox. Thanks for following us!

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