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How to create a virtual machine on VirtualBox

In one of our articles, we discussed how to download and install Virtualbox on PC. After sharing that article, many users messaged us with questions about creating virtual machines with VirtualBox.

So if you just installed VirtualBox on your computer and need help figuring out what to do next, continue reading the article. In this article, we will share some simple steps that will help you do this create virtual machines with VirtualBox.

Create virtual machines with VirtualBox

VirtualBox itself is open-source software for virtualization. This program allows you to use your PC’s storage to create a virtual environment for other operating systems.

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You cannot run programs directly on VirtualBox; you should create a virtual machineinstall an operating system and test the programs.

Since VirtualBox is open-source software, it is completely free to use. VirtualBox allows you to create an unlimited number of virtual machines on your computer, provided your hardware specification allows it.

Create virtual machines with VirtualBox

If you have installed VirtualBox and are looking for ways to run multiple operating systems at the same time, you will need to create a virtual machine and install an operating system.

Let’s say you want to run Windows XP on your VirtualBox; for that, you need to create a virtual machine that can run Windows XP effortlessly. You need to allocate enough RAM, CPU cores, video memory and other things to run Windows XP smoothly on VM.

Download and install VirtualBox on PC

The very first step involves downloading and installing VirtualBox on a PC. To take full advantage of its benefits, it is recommended that you download and install the latest version of VirtualBox on your computer.

VirtualBox is available for all operating systems, including Windows, MacOS, and Linux. Follow our guide Download and install VirtualBox to install the software package on your computer.

Simple steps to create virtual machines with VirtualBox

We’ll share some simple steps that can get you started. Here’s how you can create virtual machines with VirtualBox at Windows.

Important: We will be using a Windows XP ISO file to demonstrate creating a virtual machine. You must follow the same steps for other ISO files that you want to install on a virtual machine.

1. First, download and install VirtualBox on your computer.

2. When the app installs, open it from the Home menu or the desktop shortcut.

Home menu

3. When you open the program for the first time, you will see a screen like the one below.

virtual box

4. Click on the in the top bar Machine.


5. Select ‘New‘ from the list of options that appears.


6. Now you will see the Create virtual machine Fast.

7. Assign a name to your virtual machine, and select the folder where you want to save your files.

Create virtual machine

8. On the ISO image, click the drop-down list and select ‘Other‘. Next one, select the ISO file of the operating system you want to install.

select the ISO file

9. Then tick the ‘Skip unattended installationoption and click the Next one knob.

Skip unattended installation

10. Now, on the Hardware prompt, select the Base Memory (RAM) and Processor (CPU Cores) and click the Next one knob.


Important: Base memory should be more than what the operating system requires. For example, Windows XP requires a minimum of 512 MB of memory; therefore you need to put 1024 MB in the VirtualBox. You will be fine if you assign the recommended hardware requirements for the operating system.

11. Next, on the virtual hard disk prompt, select ‘Create a virtual hard disk now’option and assign the disk size. When you’re done, click the Next one knob.

allocate the disk size

12. Confirm all your selections on the Resume and click the Finish knob.


13. The virtual machine is created. Now you can run the virtual machine by clicking it Get started knob.

Get started

That is it! Depending on the ISO file you selected, you will have to go through the operating system installation wizard.

How to edit virtual machine in VirtualBox

You don’t need to delete the entire virtual machine to make some changes. You can edit the virtual machines you created in simple steps without deleting them.

1. On the right side, select the virtual machine you want to edit.

2. Once selected, click on the Institutions icon at the top.


3. You will find several options to edit. For example, if you want to increase the RAM of your virtual machine, switch to the System tab.


4. Then adjust the base memory, processor, etc. After making the changes, click the OK knob.

5. Similarly, you can customize display, storage, network and many other things.

Display, Storage, Network,

That is it! This allows you to edit virtual machines in VirtualBox without deleting them.

Also Read: How to Download and Install VirtualBox on Windows 11 PC

Virtual Machine is a huge subject and VirtualBox is just the means to enter the virtual environment. VirtualBox opens the door for you to test programs you are suspicious of. You can also test different operating systems without installing them as the primary operating system on your PC. If you need more help installing Virtual Machine in VirtualBox, let us know in the comments.

Amir Hussain

Amir Hussain is the founder of Freemium World, a geek by nature and a professional Blog writer . I love to write about new technology trends, social media, hacking, blogging and much more.

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