VirtualBox is a free and open-source virtualization software that allows you to run multiple operating systems on a single computer. It is widely used by developers, IT professionals, and enthusiasts to test and run applications on different operating systems. In this article, we will guide you through the step-by-step process of installing VirtualBox on Windows 11.
Table of Contents
- Downloading VirtualBox
- Installing VirtualBox
- Configuring VirtualBox
- Go to the official VirtualBox website (https://www.virtualbox.org/) and click on the "Downloads" link.
- Scroll down to the "VirtualBox platform packages" section and select "Windows hosts."
- Click on the "x86/amd64" link to download the VirtualBox installer.
- Once the download is complete, double-click on the installer to begin the installation process.
- Click "Next" to start the installation process.
- Accept the license agreement and click "Next."
- Select the components you want to install and click "Next." By default, all components are selected.
- Choose the installation location and click "Next."
- Select the start menu folder and click "Next."
- Choose whether to create a desktop icon and click "Next."
- Review your settings and click "Install."
- Wait for the installation to complete and click "Finish."
- Launch VirtualBox from the Start menu or desktop shortcut.
- Click on "File" and select "Preferences."
- In the "General" tab, you can configure the default settings for VirtualBox.
- In the "Extensions" tab, you can install and manage VirtualBox extensions.
- In the "Network" tab, you can configure network settings for VirtualBox.
- In the "Storage" tab, you can manage virtual hard disks, optical disks, and floppy disks.
- In the "USB" tab, you can manage USB devices.
- Once you have configured the settings, you are ready to create and run virtual machines in VirtualBox.
- To create a new virtual machine, click on the "New" button in the VirtualBox Manager window and follow the wizard to set up the virtual machine.
- To install an operating system on the virtual machine, insert the installation media (e.g., CD/DVD, ISO file) and start the virtual machine. Follow the installation process as you would on a physical machine.
- To share files between the host and guest operating systems, you can use the "Shared Folders" feature in VirtualBox. This allows you to access files in the host operating system from the guest operating system, and vice versa.
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