How to install Windows 10 in Virtual box

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This post is everything you need to know about Windows 10.Check out the comparison of Windows 8 vs Windows 10 and its new features. Also Learn How to install Windows 10 in Virtual box.

Small Intro for the reason behind the release of Windows 10

Windows is the most widely used operating system all over the world. About 1.5 billion people in every country work on Windows PC. Windows is used in a wide variety of platforms such as gaming, Software designing, hosting, journalism, animation etc. Some of them have 4 inches screen and some of these devices have 80 inches.So the major challenge for Microsoft was to build an operating system that could be efficient in working as well as user-friendly also at the same time reliable and super fast. In facing all these challenges Windows 7 could meet every mark so was a great success. But Windows 8 Failed in some cases. This paved the path for Windows to release an important update naming Windows 8.1. Even after changing some design of 8, Windows 8.1 could not get a excellent feedback from the users.
The main goal of Microsoft is to give its customers what they need. So this was the time for a new release of Operating system. Obviously Windows 10.

Windows 8 vs Windows 10

Start menu:

The most familiar Start menu is back(which was the major drawback of Windows 8), but it brings with it a new customizable space for your favorite apps and Live Tiles.

Everything runs in a window:

Apps from the Windows app Store will now open in the same format as that of desktop apps do (In windows 8 this was not the case which users did not like) and can be resized in any way and moved around, and have title bars at the top allowing for maximize, minimize, and close with a click.

Snap enhancements:

You can now have four apps snapped on the same screen with a new quadrant layout.(Windows 8 allowed snapping of 2 apps only) Windows will also show other apps and programs running for additional snapping and even make smart suggestions on filling available screen space with other open apps.

New task view button:

There is a new taskview button on the taskbar for quick switching between open files and quick access to any desktops you create.

Multiple desktops:

This is a feature like in Linux using multiple work screens. Create desktops for different purposes and projects and switch between these desktops (Entirely new feature absent in Windows 8) easily and pick up where you left off on each desktop.

Find files faster:

File Explorer now displays your recent files and frequently visited folders. Which makes finding files you have worked easier than before.

Steps to install Windows 10 in Virtual box

If you are already running windows 8 on your pc you can skip reading system requirements else it is must for you if you are running any other version of windows.
System requirements
  • Processor: minimum 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster
  • RAM: At least 1 GB (32-bit) or 2 GB (64-bit)
  • Free hard disk space: 16 GB (25 GB recommended)
  • Graphics card: Microsoft DirectX 9 supporting graphics device with WDDM driver
  • A Microsoft account to sign in and Internet access.

1. Prepare your environment for windows 10

You will require the following to install widows 10 technical preview :
  1. Installation of Virtual Box software. Latest version advisable which can be found on https://www.virtualbox.org/.
  2. Copy of the windows 10 operating system.Technical Preview is available at http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/preview
For this tutorial I decided to use the ISO files and install a fresh copy of the Windows 10 OS, instead of an Upgrade option which is also provided.(I don't recommend to upgrade as this is only technical preview it may contain bugs)

2. Create a new virtual machine using Virtual Box

Complete the installation of Virtual Box software by double clicking on it and following the installation procedure.
Configure your Virtual Machine with following settings:
Select new option on the task menu
Name: "any you like"
Type: Microsoft Windows
Version: Windows 8.1 (64bit)
Memory Size: 2048MB (minimum required ram)
Hard Drive File: VDI (you may choose anything).
Storage type: Dynamically allocated.
Hard Disk Size: 25GB (minimum seems to be 16GB)

3.Configure virtual machine settings

Once you have created it, configure the virtual machine with the following settings.
All settings are not mentioned below, this means left at default settings untouched.
System tab:
Motherboard > Chipset: PIIX3
Motherboard > Extended features: Enable I/O APIC (only this feature should be enabled).
Processor > Extended Features: Enable PAE/NX selected.
Acceleration > Hardware Virtualization : Enable both VT-x/AMD-V and Enable Nested Paging.
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4. Attach the Windows 10 Technical preview ISO

As mentioned previously we are making a fresh install, so I have downloaded ISO file provided by Microsoft.
Navigate to the Virtual Machine Settings>Storage, you should find a 'Empty CD/DVD'. Use the options on the left-hand side to browse to your ISO file.
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5. Install and configure your Windows 10

Windows install and configuration process is the same as for windows 8 or 8.1.
Follow the normal process.
At the user profile configuration I have opted to synchronise with an existing profile. You may also choose to create a new one. I would like to prefer a new one.

Troubleshooting

Generally you will be facing a problem with RAM. Just see that you have met the minimum requirement
Enjoy your windows 10 in a controlled environment.
Do not forget to send your feedback to Microsoft. Your opinion will help creating a better OS.
Thank you for reading this post. Do you have any problem to install Windows 10 on a Virtual box ? Feel free to drop a comment and let me help you.

2 comments:

  1. I get Fatal: No bootable medium found. System halted! error after everything i do according to this post.

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    1. You just forgot to select your secondary storage with windows 10 ISO file. Make sure you have done it. It definitely works.

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