How to Install Windows 8.1 in VirtualBox on Windows 10

In this article, we will examine how to install Microsoft Windows 8.1 with a virtual machine using Oracle VM VirtualBox on Windows 10 PC/Laptop.

How to Install Windows 8.1 in VirtualBox on Windows 10

How to Install Windows 8.1 in VirtualBox on Windows 10

With the Oracle VM VirtualBox virtualization program, you can run operating systems such as Windows, Linux, and even MacOS on your computer and use them easily.

VirtualBox is both an Intel and AMD virtualization product and a powerful virtualization program for business and home users. VirtualBox works properly on Windows, Linux, Macintosh, and Solaris operating systems.

You can use the Oracle VM VBox program with a Laptop or Desktop computer processor that supports virtualization technology.

When installing a virtual operating system with VirtualBox, the operating system’s ISO file is usually used. In addition, it is possible to set up the operating system with the DVD / CD drive of your physical computer.

In this article, after creating a new virtual machine using Oracle VM VBox, we will step through the Win 8.1 operating system installation. And finally, we’ll install the Guest Additions plugin for the VBox virtual machine.

If you have not already installed VirtualBox, you can install it from the following link.

NOTE: You can also install Microsoft Windows 8.1 operating system with Oracle VM VirtualBox 6.0.4.

How to Install and Configure Windows 8.1 using Oracle VM VirtualBox

Follow the steps below to install Windows 8.1 with Oracle VM VirtualBox on Windows 10 operating system.

   Step 1

Run the VirtualBox program and click the New button to create a new VM.

Virtual Machine Name and Operating System

   Step 2

For Windows 8.1 machine, specify the size of 4 GB (4096) RAM.

Adding RAM to Virtual Machine

   Step 3

In the hard disk configuration window, select Create a virtual hard disk now and click the Create button.

Create a virtual hard disk now

   Step 4

Select the VDI (VBox Disk Image) option for the HDD type. Click on the Next button.

VDI (VirtualBox Disk Image)

   Step 5

We recommend using the Fixed Size method for more performance of your virtual HDD while using VirtualBox. And positioning your hard disk on a USB HDD will additionally give you a performance boost.

In the HDD configuration window of the Windows 8.1 virtual machine, select the Fixed Size option and click Next to continue.

Configuring Virtual Disk as Fixed Size

   Step 6

In this window, store the virtual HDD in a different location. And also specify the HDD size in the window below.

Configuring Location and Size of Virtual Hard Disk

   Step 7

Creating a Virtual Hard Disk for Windows 8.1 machine…

Creating a Virtual Hard Disk for Windows 8.1

   Step 8

After you create a new virtual machine for Windows 8.1 installation, you need to add the ISO file for the virtual machine. Click the right button / Settings on the machine as follows.

Windows 8.1 VM Settings

   Step 9

In the Windows 8.1 settings window, click Storage in the left pane and click on Choose Virtual Optical Disk File on the right panel.

Adding ISO File to Windows 8.1 Virtual Machine

   Step 10

You can download the Windows 8.1 ISO file from the link at the bottom of the article. Select the Windows 8.1 ISO file and click the Open button.

Adding ISO File to Windows 8.1 Virtual Machine

   Step 11

After adding the ISO file for the machine setup, close the window by clicking on the OK button.

Adding ISO File to Windows 8.1 Virtual Machine

   Step 12

For VBox Windows 8.1 installation, click on the Start button.

Starting Windows 8.1 VM

   Step 13

After opening the Windows 8.1 installation screen, select the operating system language setting, time format and keyboard layout as shown below and click the Next button.

Microsoft Windows 8.1 Setup Screen

   Step 14

Start the Windows 8.1 installation by clicking the Install Now button.

Install Now

   Step 15

Accept the operating system license agreement and click Next.

Accepting Windows 8.1 License Agreement

   Step 16

Click Custom: Install Windows only (advanced) as in the following window.

Custom: Install Windows only (advanced)

   Step 17

Configure the hard disk you created for the Windows 8.1 VM as follows. Afterward, select Partition 2 and click Next to start the installation.

Configuring Windows 8.1 Partition Settings

   Step 18

Preparing files for Win 8.1 installation…

Getting files ready for installation

   Step 19

Preparing devices…

Getting devices ready

   Step 20

Type your computer name and click Next.

Typing PC Name for Windows 8.1

   Step 21

Click the Use express settings button.

Use express settings

   Step 22

To open a user account without logging in to the Microsoft account, click Create a new account in the window below.

Sign in to your Microsoft Account

   Step 23

In this step, click Sign in without a Microsoft account.

Crate a Microsoft Account

   Step 24

Type your username and click Finish button to continue.

How to Install Windows 8.1 in VirtualBox on Windows 10

   Step 25

The necessary settings for Win 8.1 operating system are configuring.

How to Install Windows 8.1 in VirtualBox on Windows 10

How to Install Guest Additions in VirtualBox

After creating a new virtual computer with the VBox virtualization program, the first thing to do is to install Guest Additions.

After installing Guest Additions, you can use the Windows machine as a full screen. And you can also use USB 3.0 devices seamlessly and share files between your physical computer.

   Step 1

To install Guest Additions in VBox Virtual Machine, in the Win8.1 machine window, click on Devices / Insert Guest Additions CD image.

How to Install Windows 8.1 in VirtualBox on Windows 10

   Step 2

Click Run VBoxWindowsAdditions.exe to start the installation.

How to Install Windows 8.1 in VirtualBox on Windows 10

   Step 3

Continue by clicking the Next button in the Oracle VM VirtualBox Guest Additions setup window.

How to Install Windows 8.1 in VirtualBox on Windows 10

   Step 4

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

How to Install Windows 8.1 in VirtualBox on Windows 10

   Step 5

To install the virtual machine guest extensions, click the Install button.

How to Install Windows 8.1 in VirtualBox on Windows 10

   Step 6

Installing virtual machine guest add-ons…

How to Install Windows 8.1 in VirtualBox on Windows 10

   Step 7

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

How to Install Windows 8.1 in VirtualBox on Windows 10

   Step 8

Restart your virtual machine for the changes to take effect.

How to Install Windows 8.1 in VirtualBox on Windows 10

   Step 9

Restarting the virtual machine…

How to Install Windows 8.1 in VirtualBox on Windows 10

   Step 10

After restarting your virtual machine, click View / Full Screen.

How to Install Windows 8.1 in VirtualBox on Windows 10

   Step 11

As you can see in the window below, after installing the guest add-ons for the Win 8.1 virtual machine, the virtual machine can now be used in full-screen mode.

How to Install Windows 8.1 in VirtualBox on Windows 10

How to Setup Microsoft Windows 8.1 in Oracle VM VBox on Win 10 ⇒ Video

You can watch the following video for step-by-step Win 8.1 installation and Guest Additions installation using Oracle VM VBox. And you can also subscribe to our YouTube channel to support us…

   Final Word

In this article, we have provided a step-by-step Windows 8.1 installation using the Oracle VM VirtualBox virtualization program on the Win 10 operating system. And finally, we have installed Guest Additions for the VBox VM. Thanks for following us!

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   Download Windows 8.1 ISO for VirtualBox

You can download the Windows 8.1 operating system ISO file used in this article by clicking the following button…

Download ISO File

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