Virtual box has always been a favorite for the undecided PC enthusiasts, or we can call them the crossovers who can’t settle for one operating system running in their PC. What virtual box does is allow you to run an entirely different operating system in the same PC, using the same resources, alongside your default operating system. However, this is not the only way to run two different operating systems on your PC. Dual-boots between Ubuntu and Windows have always been a favorite by many, because at boot time, it allows you to select the operating system you want to load. Using a virtual box to install Ubuntu however has many advantages over dual boot, and these are outlined below.
- In case you run into problems, you have Windows at your rescue. This is done by just pressing control on your keyboard instead of having to reboot the whole system.
- You don’t have to preset the size of the installation.
- Switching between Ubuntu and Windows is swift as it doesn’t require rebooting.
- For internet connection, virtual machine uses your Windows settings and connection, thus you should not worry if the network card is not detected by Ubuntu.
- First install virtual box by visiting their official download page from your current operating system. Installation is no different from any other windows program.
- After successfully installing, launch virtual box from the start menu then click new to create your new virtual machine.
- On the virtual machine that appears, give your new virtual machine a name. In this case, it would be good to call it Ubuntu. Ensure that you specify the operating system as Linux.
- Accept the default RAM the virtual box allocates your virtual machine, but if you have over 1GB memory, you can allocate up to 1 GB, and then click next.
- Create a new virtual disk for your virtual machine by choosing the file type you want to use, and then click next.
- On the next window, check on fixed size storage, though the choice here is up to you as you can choose the dynamically allocated instead. The reason why fixed size is recommended is because it allows the drive to expand instead of just filling up.
- Choose your preferred default installation storage by moving the indicator to the right. The more the better. Click next.
- On the “create new virtual disk” window, check the preferences you just set again and if you are satisfied, click create and wait as your virtual hard drive is created.
After creating your virtual machine, it is time to load it with Ubuntu disk image. Go to settings/storage then select your ISO from CD/DVD Device. Once selected, double click on virtual machine to start it. Once it has loaded, just install Ubuntu like you always do on a normal PC with a real hard drive. You have successfully installed Ubuntu in virtual box.
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