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Installing Free (GPL) Virtualization Software – Oracle VM VirtualBox

VirtualBox is an easy use virtualization software available for enterprise and home users.  Its available in both x86 and x64 version. It can be used on Windows XP, Vista, or Windows 7, I am not covering any server editions or use of VirtualBox for enterprise or not even for an Extensive Lab purpose.

 My idea here is to only make a basic IT user able to understand the product a little and start using it for a moderate level testing purpose. For more detailed information about the product please explore and read at www.virtualbox.org .  We will be looking at installing VirtualBox on Windows 7 PC.

For a minimum performance, you need to have 1GB Memory on your Windows 7 PC.

¬†Ok, lets get started, first we need to do is to get the binaries (software).¬† For that go to product home page www.virtualbox.org and navigate to the “Downloads” page, or click here for the direct link.

 At the time of writing this article the latest version available is:  4.1.16 so if there are changes to the product in newer releases, before trying the steps provided here, do read the information available at the product site.

¬†The downloaded file for windows will be named like: VirtualBox-4.1.16-78094-Win.exe before starting the installation, Right Click on this file and then Click Properties from the drop down menu.¬† From the properties dialogue box click on “Unlock”¬† and then Apply and OK – as seen in below figure, this will make the file marked as safe and avoid further prompts for authorization.

 

 Now let us start the installation process, make sure you have administrative rights on your Windows 7 PC.  To kick in the installer just double click on the file VirtualBox-4.1.16-78094-Win.exe and follow the wizard as described below:

 It will take a few minutes to start the installer and below screen will appear first

 

 On the welcome screen click on Next to proceed:

The default settings are normally sufficient, if you want to change the installation location from default system drive (C Drive) then click on Browse and select the alternate location, otherwise click Next

Click Next

 

You get a prompt about changes to networking settings on the machine, if you are connected to internet it might get disconnected for a while when the installation proceeds, click Yes to continue

All the tests and preparations are done, all set to start the real setup – click Install

Installation will continue now

You can see the progress, it will take few minutes to complete

At the end of the setup you will get few prompts like seen below, click on Install, these add-ins are required for the software to work as expected

Once completed, click on Finish to close the wizard

This completes our installation procedure for Oracle VM VirtualBox, I hope this was of help to you.

 Any comments or feedbacks are welcome

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