a week ago I teach how to install 10 Windows in a virtual machine with Parallels . The problem is that although Parallels in many ways the best app for virtual machines in macOS, its main drawback is the price. Therefore, as discussed in this article, today I will teach you how to do exactly the same thing but with VirtualBox which is free of charge.
what is VirtualBox? VirtualBox
as we just comment, is an application that allows us to create, run, and manage virtual machines. This is developed by Oracle although a version of software. And more importantly, it is free .
and the difference with Parallels? The first difference that is worth noting is the performance. VirtualBox is a cross-platform application, compatible with Windows and Linux, among other platforms, while Parallels Desktop is specific to Mac. Therefore, it is not surprising that the latter is better optimized and that therefore its yield is greater.
in addition, in VirtualBox lack the simple interface of Parallels, to give way to a more detailed interface, and at first glance, more complicated to handle. In addition, VirtualBox does not have the facilities for download and install operating systems by what we will be playing download and manually install the operating system.
How to Window 10 on macOS with VirtualBox
go to what interests us… How can we do to have 10 Windows on your Mac?
in addition, as in the previous article, here also we should download the installer of Windows 10 from the official Microsoft store. Once you have the ISO we can now proceed with the creation and installation of the virtual machine.
creating virtual machine…
once we have everything downloaded, the first step is obviously install VirtualBox . To do this execute the downloaded installer.
After following all the steps we will have installed VirtualBox. Once done we will proceed to open application to create our virtual machine that will host our installation of Windows 10.
Once done click on ‘New’ to create a new virtual machine. We will then put you a name and select OS you want to install. “In my case, as I’ll install Windows 10 am going to leave that:
Then the application will ask us by how much RAM memory you want to assign to the VM ( virtual machine ). This already depends on how much memory have our Mac, but to install Windows it is recommended that at least 2GB (2048MB). In my case, I have 8GB on my Mac, so I’ll half, 4 GB (4096 MB).
We then ask for the virtual hard disk . In our case still don’t have created none, so we give create one. “
Once give you to “Create” will not ask why virtual hard disk type to create. Any of the options here is valid, although it works best with VirtualBox VDI. Therefore, select that option. “
Then we will make another question concerning the virtual hard disk. It will ask if we want to be reserved dynamically or having a fixed size . I personally usually recommend the first option, since thus we avoid unnecessarily fill our actual hard disk. “
Finally, is it ask us by the size of the virtual hard disk. If you have selected “Reserved dynamically”, this will be the size limit that you can achieve. On the contrary, if we select “Fixed size”, this will be what occupies the virtual hard disk on your computer. “
and that’s all… for now! We already have our created virtual machine list. Now just need to install an operating system on it.
installing Windows 10 in virtual machine…
now that we have created our virtual machine proceed to run it. For this purpose we will select in the side list and give the button “” . Once fact this, since it is the first time we run the virtual machine is we ask that we may specify how we want to install the operating system. Given that we have downloaded ISO file we will give to the button of the folder and look for our Windows Installer. “
Then turns on the virtual machine and will get the Windows Installer .
Once you have properly configured the language, ask us by installation type that you want to perform. Since it is a clean installation select this option (“custom: install only Windows”).
Then you will get a window to specify where you want to install the operating system . In this step we will have to delete the single existing partition, then re-create it with the maximum capacity. In this way we make sure that everything is properly. “
It is also possible that in some step asks us for our license of Windows (will vary with each case). Once done this already start installation of Windows 10. Now you only need to wait…
Once you have finished install, reboot the virtual machine . Returning, the Windows 10 Configuration Wizard will appear. Say, that this process can be different depending on the version of Windows that we have chosen.
the first thing that the Setup Wizard will ask is because our language and location.
Then ask us for our account of Microsoft. This is only in the event you want to log in to our team with the Microsoft account. If you do not want toMOS do this and we want to do with the traditional method (creating a local account), select the option to “Join a domain”.
Then ask us if we want to use Cortana . Remember that Cortana is the virtual Windows Wizard, as Siri is iOS and macOS.
Once we have finished with the Setup Wizard, Windows will begin to shape up… 10 Windows
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Once finished this process now will be shown our typical desktop of Windows 10 ready for use. and ready! already have 10 Windows in our Mac thanks to VirtualBox!
as you can see, the installation process of Windows 10 with VirtualBox is more laborious than with Parallels, but save us money that costs Parallels.
and you? what do you think? what is your favorite virtual machine application? Would prefer which method to run Windows applications on Mac, virtual machine, or Wine?