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How to Install Windows 7 in VirtualBox on Windows 10

In this article, we will examine how to install Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate step by step using Oracle VM VirtualBox on Windows 10 PC/Laptop.

How to Install Windows 7 in VirtualBox on Windows 10

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.

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 Microsoft Win 7 on our physical computer using VMware Workstation, VMware Fusion, and Hyper-V virtualization programs. You can find the Win 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 Win 7 machine.

NOTE: You can also install Windows 7 with Oracle VM VirtualBox 6.0.4 by following the steps in this article.

How to Install Windows 7 in Oracle VM VirtualBox

Before installing Windows 7 using VirtualBox, you can browse the following articles to install VBox on your computer.

After the installation of VirtualBox, we will create a new VM and install Win 7 step by step. You can also download the Win 7 ISO file from the link at the bottom of the article.

   Step 1

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

Specify the name and version of the Windows operating system for the new machine you are creating. Afterward, click on the Next button.

Virtual Machine Panel

   Step 2

For the Win 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.

Virtual Machine Memory Size

   Step 3

To create a new virtual hard disk for the Win 7 virtual machine, check Create a virtual hard disk now and then click the Create button.

Create a virtual hard disk now

   Step 4

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.

VDI (VirtualBox Disk Image)

   Step 5

When you configure the virtual disk as Fixed Size, you will increase performance for the virtual machine. Configure the HDD of the Win 7 virtual machine as Fixed Size.

Fixed Size

   Step 6

Storing the HDD created for the virtual machine in a different location will also improve performance. For the Win 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.

VM File Location and Size

   Step 7

Creating virtual disk…

VM File Location and Size

   Step 8

After you have set up a new virtual machine for Win7, 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.

Windows 7 Virtual Machine Settings

   Step 9

Click on Storage in the left pane of the Win7 Settings window and then click on Empty and click on the DVD symbol to choose Virtual Optical Disk File.

Adding ISO File to Windows 7 Virtual Machine

   Step 10

Add the Windows 7 ISO file to the virtual machine.

Adding ISO File to Windows 7 Virtual Machine

   Step 11

Installing Windows 7 on VirtualBox is now ready. Click the Start button to run the virtual machine.

Starting Windows 7 VM

   Step 12

On the Win 7 installation screen, select your operating system language setting, time zone, and keyboard layout, then click Next.

Windows 7 Setup Screen

   Step 13

Click Install Now to start installing Win7 operating system on VirtualBox.

Windows 7 / Install Now

   Step 14

To accept the operating system license agreement, select I accept the license terms, and then click Next.

Microsoft Windows 7 License Agreement

   Step 15

Click Custom (Advanced)

Custom (Advanced)

   Step 16

Format the virtual hard disk you created for the Win7 machine and create a new partition. Click on the Partition you created and click Next to continue with the installation.

Windows 7 Disk Partition

   Step 17

Windows files are preparing for installation…

Expanding Windows files

   Step 18

After copying the Windows files, the operating system will restart after 15 seconds.

How to Install Windows 7 in VirtualBox on Windows 10

   Step 19

After the VM restarts, Win7 installation will continue.

How to Install Windows 7 in VirtualBox on Windows 10

   Step 20

Setup is preparing your computer for first use…

How to Install Windows 7 in VirtualBox on Windows 10

   Step 21

Type your user name and computer name and click Next.

How to Install Windows 7 in VirtualBox on Windows 10

   Step 22

If you have a valid license key for Win7, 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.

How to Install Windows 7 in VirtualBox on Windows 10

   Step 23

For Windows security, select the Use recommended settings option.

How to Install Windows 7 in VirtualBox on Windows 10

   Step 24

After setting the time zone, system time and date, click Next.

How to Install Windows 7 in VirtualBox on Windows 10

   Step 25

If the VBox network settings are configured to be connected to the Internet, the Windows 7 machine network configuration will be automatically configured.

In this case, continue with the installation by selecting a setting in the window below.

How to Install Windows 7 in VirtualBox on Windows 10

   Step 26

Windows is finalizing your settings. The steps to install Windows 7 in Oracle VM VBox will complete soon.

How to Install Windows 7 in VirtualBox on Windows 10

   Step 27

Preparing your desktop…

How to Install Windows 7 in VirtualBox on Windows 10

How to Install Guest Additions

The purpose of the guest additions setup is to provide us to use the VM more effectively. It also allows file sharing between the virtual computer and the physical computer. In addition, you can use the machine as a full screen.

Follow the steps below in order to install Guest Additions to Windows 7 VM…

   Step 1

From the Microsoft 7 virtual machine Devices menu, click Insert Guest Additions CD image.

How to Install Windows 7 in VirtualBox on Windows 10

   Step 2

Begin the installation by clicking on the Next button in the VirtualBox guest additions setup window.

How to Install Windows 7 in VirtualBox on Windows 10

   Step 3

Leave the installation location by default and click on the Next button.

How to Install Windows 7 in VirtualBox on Windows 10

   Step 4

Click on the Install button to start installing Guest Additions to virtual machine.

How to Install Windows 7 in VirtualBox on Windows 10

   Step 5

In the Security window, select Always trust software from “Oracle Corporation” and then click the Install button.

How to Install Windows 7 in VirtualBox on Windows 10

   Step 6

After installing Guest Additions to Microsoft Win7 virtual machine, restart your computer to take effect of the changes.

How to Install Windows 7 in VirtualBox on Windows 10

   Step 7

As you can see in the image below, when you change the VM size, you can better understand the completion of the Guest Additions setup.

How to Install Windows 7 in VirtualBox on Windows 10

   Step 8

We have successfully completed the steps to install Windows 7 on VirtualBox.

How to Install Windows 7 in VirtualBox on Windows 10

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   Final Word

In this article, we have performed the Win 7 installation step by step using Oracle VM VirtualBox on the Win 10 operating system. And we have also installed guest additions that are required for the Windows VM. Thanks for following us!

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   Download Windows 7 ISO for VirtualBox

You can download the Windows 7 Ultimate 64 Bit ISO file used this article to your computer by clicking the button below…

Download ISO File

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