How to install Windows on your Mac in a virtual machine with VirtualBox

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.

 VirtualBox VirtualBox, a powerful and free virtual machine Manager.

How to Window 10 on macOS with VirtualBox

go to what interests us… How can we do to have 10 Windows on your Mac?

the first step would be to download VirtualBox application for macOS. To do this we will go to the official website and download the version that says OS X hosts in the section VirtualBox Binaries .

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.

 installer of VirtualBox for macOS. VirtualBox Installer for macOS.

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.

 application of VirtualBox, a great free virtual machine Manager. application of VirtualBox, a great free virtual machine Manager.

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:

 new virtual machine in VirtualBox. new virtual machine in VirtualBox.

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).

 main memory which we will assign you to the virtual machine. main memory which we will assign you to the virtual machine.

We then ask for the virtual hard disk . In our case still don’t have created none, so we give create one. “

 will create a new virtual hard disk to install the operating system on it. will create a new virtual hard disk to install the operating system on it.

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. “

 select the type of virtual hard disk that we are going to create. select the type of virtual hard disk that we create.

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. “

 Select if we want a hard disk of fixed size or reserved dynamically. Select if we want a hard disk fixed or reserved dynamically.

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. “

 specify the size of the hard drive virtual. specify the size of the virtual hard disk.

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. “

 select the disk image of the operating system that you want to install. select the disk image of the operating system that you want to install.

Then turns on the virtual machine and will get the Windows Installer .

 installer of Windows 10 image ISO. 10 Windows Installer of the ISO image.

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”).

 clean install of Windows 10 (second choice). clean installation of Windows 10 (second option).

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. “

 select the partition in which you want to install Windows 10. select the partition in which you want to install Windows 10.

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…

 Windows 10 settling... Windows 10 settling…

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.

 Setup Wizard initial Windows 10. We select our location (and language in case that ask us). Windows 10 initial configuration wizard. We select our location (and language in case that ask us).

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”.

 account for our virtual machine. account for our virtual machine.

Then ask us if we want to use Cortana . Remember that Cortana is the virtual Windows Wizard, as Siri is iOS and macOS.

 use Cortana in our virtual machine. using Cortana in our virtual machine.

Once we have finished with the Setup Wizard, Windows will begin to shape up… 10 Windows  

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Windows 10 being configured…

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!

 Windows 10 in macOS thanks to VirtualBox. Windows 10 in macOS thanks to VirtualBox.

Conclusion

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?

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