Linux VirtualBox Tutorial Part 2: Installing Linux in VirtualBox on Your Windows Host

If you have read part 1, ‘Linux VirtualBox Tutorial: Getting VirtualBox Installed on Windows‘, then you have successfully installed VirtualBox and the VirtualBox Extensions Pack on your Windows PC. You have also downloaded the Linux .iso file corresponding to whatever distribution of Linux you plan on using/practicing, and are ready to load it into VirtualBox.

You’ll probably want to store your Linux.iso file someplace off your desktop, for instance in your Documents folder, and keep track of where it is. That way when you get to the ‘Storage’ part of the following video, you’ll know where to browse to¬† when adding it to the virtual machine.

The following video is a demonstration of preparing the installation of Linux Mint in VirtualBox. I’ve chosen Linux Mint for many reasons, one of which is the VitrtualBox Guest Additions installs with the Mint installation process, and need not be manually added afterwards.

The video itself finishes at the end of the setup where all you need to do is press the green arrow labled ‘Start’. At this point all you need to do is wait while the Mint .iso loads into VirtualBox. Be sure to fill in the usual information such as: username, time zone, password…etc, when prompted by the installer. When you are prompted to restart, the installation will be complete.

Also, at the bottom of this post I will leave a link to another video I made showing how to install Mojo Linux. It has voice and shows the process from beginning to end entirely, but its a bit longer. The process is about the same as installing Linux Mint only you wont have to worry about installing the VirtualBox Guest Additions, as they come preinstalled with Mint. It might be worth watching both videos before performing the install, it’s up to you though.

Also, some motherboards do not have ‘virtualization’ enabled by default. When you are following the video, and you are on the ‘System’ tab, click on the Acceleration tab at the top, and be sure the 2 check-boxes are filled as in the image below. If they are not, you will need to set these options in the BIOS. If you don’t know how to do this, leave a message in the comments, and you will be helped and coached. Also, this page may help you. In all reality, there’s a good chance you may not have to worry about this, and even if you don’t check the System/Acceleration settings, you’ll get a dialog box telling you.

If you have any questions or problems during this process, ask in the comments for help. If for any reason you want to start over, simply right-click your virtual machine in the VirtualBox application, select ‘Remove’, and then ‘Delete all Files’ in the dialog that appears; just like in the image below. It will be a LOT easier starting again if you press this button and NOT ‘Remove Only’!

Once your prompted to restart, your all done. The first thing you’ll want to do after you login to your Linux virtual machine is to click ‘View’ in the top menu bar, and select ‘Full screen’.

That’s all there is to it folks; pretty simply huh? Now don’t you feel a little silly that you haven’t done this long before now? Once you do a couple of these VirtualBox installations, you’re an expert.

In the next segment, I’ll show you how to do some things to get started like installing codecs with a couple of mouse-clicks, a couple of ways to install software, and some other nifty stuff you can do with Linux that Windows cant. If you have anything you want to see, just put it in the comments and I’ll see what I can do.

This is the link to the Mojo Linux install to VirtualBox that I mentioned earlier in the post.

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