Oracle Virtual Box is a powerful virtualization software that can be used on Windows to install and run another operating systems such as Linux, Ubuntu and several other OS along side Windows. It is an Open Source Software (OSS) and is free. It is one of the most popular free virtualization software available today and is available for enterprise as well as for home use. It is a great alternative virtualization software to VM Ware.
If you are looking for ways to run Linux / Ubuntu on Windows, installing Linux / Ubuntu using virtual machines is the best way to go about. You may also try Ubuntu from a USB pen-drive, but files processed will not be saved in that case. In this short video, see how to install Ubuntu on Windows using Oracle Virtual Box.
How To Install Ubuntu On Windows Using Oracle Virtual Box?
To install Oracle Virtual box, first download Oracle Virtual Box from here. Install it on your computer. While you can install other Operating Systems such as Red Hat Linux, Cent OS or another Windows OS, in this post we will see how to install Ubuntu along side Windows OS.
Watch this tutorial video for steps:
Steps To Install Ubuntu On Windows Using Oracle Virtual Box (run Ubuntu on Windows):
- Firstly, download Ubuntu from here
- Run the Oracle Virtual Box previously installed.
- Create a new Virtual Machine (VM)
- Name the Virtual machine
- Set the operating system type you want to run
- Select the version of the operating system you want to run
- Set RAM / Memory (See the video for details)
- Create Virtual Hard Disk
- Select the Virtual Hard Disk type. The default is VDI.
- Set the storage size for the Virtual Hard Disk. The default is "Dynamic Allocation".
- Set the location where the Virtual Hard Disk file is to be stored.
- After this, the Virtual Machine is created and the system details are displayed on the left. We can change the configuration by click on the settings for each Virtual Machine.
- Click the Virtual Machine from the left sidebar > Settings > Storage > Select Optical Drive (Controller: IDE) and click on the disk icon
- Click on "Choose Virtual Optical Disk File" and locate the ISO file of Ubuntu
- The Ubunto ISO file will be loaded. Click OK.
- Now click on the VM and click the "green arrow" to start the Virtual Machine.
- From here you may click "Try Ubuntu" to try without installing or "Install Ubuntu" to install Ubuntu on the Virtual Hard Disk we created earlier.
- If you select "Try Ubuntu", the Ubuntu ISO file needs to be loaded each time you run the Virtual Machine if it is not loaded by default by going to VM >Settings > Storage > Select Optical Drive> Click on "Choose Virtual Optical Disk File" and locate the ISO file of Ubuntu