How to Install Windows 7 in VirtualBox on Windows 10? – The most widely used and popular operating system of Microsoft is, of course, Windows 7. Today, the Windows 7 operating system is still in use by many companies and individuals.
How to Install Windows 7 in VirtualBox on Windows 10?
Windows 7 is almost the most trouble-free operating system, but Microsoft ended the Windows 7 operating system support on January 19, 2015. However, by January 14, 2020, it will continue to support with Extended Support.
You can find the official article published by Microsoft from here.
In our previous articles, we installed Windows 7 on our physical computer using VMware Workstation, VMware Fusion, and Hyper-V virtualization programs. You can find the Windows 7 setup articles at the following links;
In this article, we will perform the Windows 7 operating system installation step by step using the Oracle VM VirtualBox virtualization program on Windows 10. And finally, we will install VirtualBox Guest Additions for the Windows 7 virtual machine.
How to Install Windows 7 in Oracle VM VirtualBox?
Before installing Windows 7 using VirtualBox, you can browse the following articles to install VirtualBox on your computer.
After the installation of VirtualBox, we will create a new virtual machine and install Windows 7 step by step. You can also download the Windows 7 ISO file from the link at the bottom of the article.
Run the Oracle VM VirtualBox virtualization program and click the New button to create a new virtual machine.
Specify the name and version of the Windows operating system for the new virtual machine you are creating. Afterward, click on the Next button.
For the Windows 7 virtual machine, you can set the RAM size in the following window. For example, you can specify a 4 GB (4096) RAM size for the virtual machine, depending on the characteristics of your computer.
After specifying the virtual machine RAM value, click the Next button.
To create a new virtual hard disk for the Windows 7 virtual machine, check Create a virtual hard disk now and then click the Create button.
We recommend you to select the VDI (VirtualBox Disk Image) option for the virtual machine HDD file type. Already this setting is enabled by default. Select the VDI option for the HDD type and click on the Next button.
When you configure the virtual disk as Fixed Size, you will increase performance for the virtual machine. Configure the HDD of the Windows 7 virtual machine as Fixed Size.
Storing the HDD created for the virtual machine in a different location will also improve performance. For the Windows 7 virtual machine, store the HDD in a different location and specify a size of at least 25 GB.
Click on the Create button to create the virtual disk.
Creating virtual disk…
After you have set up a new virtual machine for Windows 7, open the virtual machine’s settings to add the operating system ISO image to the virtual machine.
Do Right-Click / Settings on the virtual machine to open the Settings window.
Click on Storage in the left pane of the Windows 7 Settings window and then click on Empty and click on the DVD symbol to choose Virtual Optical Disk File.
Add the Windows 7 ISO file to the virtual machine.
Installing Windows 7 on VirtualBox is now ready. Click the Start button to run the virtual machine.
On the Windows 7 installation screen, select your operating system language setting, time zone, and keyboard layout, then click Next.
Click Install Now to start installing Windows 7 operating system on VirtualBox.
To accept the operating system license agreement, select I accept the license terms, and then click Next.
Click Custom (Advanced)…
Format the virtual hard disk you created for the Windows 7 virtual machine and create a new partition. Click on the Partition you created and click Next to continue with the installation.
Windows files are preparing for installation…
After copying the Windows files, the operating system will restart after 15 seconds.
After the virtual machine restarts, Windows 7 installation will continue.
Setup is preparing your computer for first use…
For Windows 7, type your user name and computer name and click Next.
If you have a valid license key for Windows 7, you can enter your license key in this window. If you want to configure the license key later, click on the Next button to continue with the installation.
For Windows security, select the Use recommended settings option.
After setting the time zone, system time and date, click Next.
If the VirtualBox network settings are configured to be connected to the Internet, the Windows 7 virtual machine network configuration will be automatically configured.
In this case, continue with the installation by selecting a setting in the window below.
Windows is finalizing your settings. The steps to install Windows 7 in VirtualBox will complete soon.
Preparing your desktop…
How to Install Guest Additions to Windows 7 Virtual Machine?
The purpose of the guest additions setup is to provide us to use the virtual machine more effectively. It also allows file sharing between the virtual computer and the physical computer. In addition, you can use the virtual machine as a full screen.
Follow the steps below in order to install Guest Additions to Windows 7 virtual machine…
From the Windows 7 virtual machine Devices menu, click Insert Guest Additions CD image.
Begin the installation by clicking on the Next button in the VirtualBox guest additions setup window.
Leave the installation location by default and click on the Next button.
Click on the Install button to start installing Guest Additions to virtual machine.
In the Windows Security window, select Always trust software from “Oracle Corporation” and then click the Install button.
After installing Guest Additions to Windows 7 virtual machine, restart your computer to take effect of the changes.
As you can see in the image below, when you change the virtual machine size, you can better understand the completion of the Guest Additions setup.
We have successfully completed the steps to install Windows 7 on VirtualBox.
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How to Install Windows 7 in VirtualBox on Windows 10? – In this article, we have performed the Windows 7 installation step by step using Oracle VM VirtualBox on the Windows 10 operating system. And we have also installed guest additions that are required for the Windows 7 virtual machine. Thanks for following us!
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