How to Install Windows Vista in VirtualBox on Windows 10

In this article, we will install Windows Vista step by step with virtual machine using Oracle VM VirtualBox on Windows PC.

How to Install Windows Vista in VirtualBox on Windows 10

How to Setup Windows Vista in Oracle VM on Windows 10

Installing Windows Vista with Oracle VM software, a virtualization program, is simple and easy.

With any virtualization program on your physical computer, you can run and use operating systems like Windows, Linux or Macintosh as a virtual computer. One of the most commonly used programs is Oracle VirtualBox.

VirtualBox software is a very flexible virtualization software and is also free. With Oracle VM VirtualBox, we have already installed Windows 10, 8.1 operating systems.

In this article, after creating a new machine using VBox, we will install the Win Vista ISO file by adding it to the machine. In addition, by installing the VM Guest Additions, we will enable the drag and drop feature between the Guest machine and the Host physical computer and be able to use VM as full screen.

NOTE: You can install Microsoft Windows Vista using the Oracle VM VBox 6.0.10 version by following the steps in this article.

How to Install Windows Vista in Virtual Machine

After installing VirtualBox on the Windows 10 operating system, install a new machine and then download the Win Vista ISO file from the bottom of the article to your computer.

Then, follow the steps to install Microsoft Win Vista machine setup in order.

   Step 1

Run the Oracle VM VBox program and click the New button below to create a new virtual machine.

When the virtual machine creation window opens, specify the name and version of the VM you are going to install. Then click the Next button to continue.

Virtual Machine Panel

   Step 2

For a virtual machine, it would be sufficient to specify a 2 GB (2048) RAM size. After setting the virtual machine RAM value, click on the Next button.

Virtual Machine Memory Size

   Step 3

To create a new virtual hard disk for the VM, select Create a virtual hard disk now and click the Create button.

Create a Virtual Hard Disk Now

   Step 4

As the hard disk file type, select VBox Disk Image (VDI) as recommended by VBox and click on the Next button.

VBox Disk Image (VDI)

   Step 5

For the virtual machine disk performance, it is a good idea to create the hdd size as Fixed. Configure the HDD size as Fixed Size and click the Next button.

Configuring HDD as Fixed Size

   Step 6

Also, storing the virtual machine HDD file on an external USB HDD will increase performance. Continue by clicking the Create button to create the HDD size as 25 GB.

VM File Location and Size

   Step 7

Creating a Virtual Hard Disk on a Win Vista virtual machine…

Creating Virtual Machine for Vista

   Step 8

After creating the virtual machine for Win Vista, click on the Right Button / Settings on the virtual machine.

Windows Vista Virtual Machine Settings

   Step 9

In the Settings window, click Storage in the left pane, and then click Choose Virtual Optical Disk File to add the Vista ISO file that you downloaded from the Optical Drive.

Adding Windows Vista ISO File to VM

   Step 10

Select the ISO file for WinVista Ultimate SP2 32-64bit operating system and click the Open button.

Adding ISO File to VM

   Step 11

Close the settings window by clicking on the OK button.

VirtualBox - Storage

   Step 12

Click the Start button to start the virtual machine setup.

Starting Virtual Machine in VirtualBox

   Step 13

Press Enter on the Win Vista x64 Setup option on the Windows Boot Manager.

Windows Boot Manager

   Step 14

Select the operating system language setting, time format, and keyboard layout, then click Next.

Install Windows

   Step 15

Click Install Now to start the installation.

Install Windows

   Step 16

Select the operating system version you want to install and click Next.

Windows Vista Ultimate

   Step 17

To accept the Windows Vista system license agreement, select I accept the license terms and click Next to proceed with the installation.

Windows Vista License Agreement

   Step 18

Continue with Custom (Advanced) in the Installation Types window.

Continue with Custom (Advanced) for Vista Setup

   Step 19

Format the hard disk you created for the virtual machine, and create a new partition. Then click the Next button.

Disk0 Partition1

   Step 20

Preparing operating system files…

Expanding Files...

   Step 21

Setup will restart the virtual machine after copying the required files.

Windows needs to restart to continue

   Step 22

Do not press any key on the following screen and wait for a while.

Please wait while Windows sets up your computer

   Step 23

Completing Windows Vista virtual machine setup…

Completing Installation

   Step 24

Type your user name and click on the Next button.

Choose a user name and picture

   Step 25

Type your computer name for the Windows Vista virtual machine and click Next to continue the installation.

Type a computer name and choose a desktop background

   Step 26

You can open Windows updates automatically in the following window.

Use recommended settings

   Step 27

Specify your operating system time zone and click Next.

Review your time and date settings

   Step 28

Once you have successfully completed the installation, click Finish to continue.

Thanks You

   Step 29

Checking your computer’s performance settings…

Windows Checks Your Computer's Performance

   Step 30

Opening Windows Vista desktop…

Windows Vista Ultimate

How to Install Guest Additions in Windows Vista

After installing the virtual machine Guest Additions on Oracle VBox, you can use the virtual machine as a full screen and also share files between your computer and the virtual machine.

Follow the steps below to install Guest Additions to Win Vista.

   Step 1

To set up Win Vista Guest Additions, click on the Devices menu and then click on Insert Guest Additions CD image

Insert Guest Additions CD image

   Step 2

After the Guest Additions CD image is imported, click Run VBoxWindowsAdditions.exe to run the application.

Run VBoxWindowsAdditions.exe

   Step 3

In the Oracle VM VBox Guest Additions setup window, click Next button.

Guest Additions Setup Wizard

   Step 4

Leave the location as default and click Next.

Choose Install Location

   Step 5

Click on the Install button to start installing Guest Additions to Win Vista.

Choose Components

   Step 6

Check Always trust software from “Oracle Corporation” option and click the Install button.

Would you like to install this device software?

   Step 7

After completing the Guest Additions installation for Win Vista, restart the virtual machine.

Reboot Now

   Step 8

After restarting the virtual machine, you can use it as a full screen.

System Properties


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   Final Word

In this article, we have performed the Windows Vista installation step by step using the Oracle VM VBox virtualization program on the Windows 10 operating system. We also installed guest additions for the Win Vista virtual machine. Thanks for following us!

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   Download Windows Vista ISO for VirtualBox

You can download the Microsoft‘s Vista operating system ISO file used in this article by clicking the following button…

Download ISO File


  1. Avatar for Karin a Bostwick Karin a Bostwick 19 October 2020

    I can get to step #10 but stuck. I downloaded the vista iOS file from the end of this article. I get a Win Zip message but can’t get past this

    • Avatar for Tolga Bagci Tolga Bagci 19 October 2020

      Hello, extract the zip file you downloaded to the folder with the Winrar program.

  2. Avatar for Paul Vrba Paul Vrba 18 November 2020

    Paul 18. November 2020
    Excellent guide. Everything worked, only the VirtualBox Guest Additions doesn´t work. Step2 doesn´t strat with Guest Additions on Oracle VBox. I also can´t find the VBoxWindowsAdditions.exe.Nothing happens al all. No picture opens. I installed Windows Vista on VBox version 6.1.16 r 140961 (Qt5.6.2) on Windows 10 64 bit.

  3. Avatar for Michael Fekete Michael Fekete 28 November 2020



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