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How to install Ubuntu on VirtualBox

Here you will find out:

  • how to download Ubuntu Installer
  • how to create a new virtual machine
  • how DiskInternals software can help you

Are you ready? Let's read!

If you need to install Ubuntu on VirtualBox

Many people are conversant with Windows and MacOS, but it’s mostly advanced PC users who know about Ubuntu Linux. The best way to run two operating systems in one computer is using VirtualBox.

With VirtualBox, you can run Windows alongside Ubuntu on the same PC, and both OSes will have their files saved in different partitions on your hard drive. Here, you will learn how to install Ubuntu on VirtualBox and keep everything running seamlessly.

Note: VirtualBox is effectively the same as a virtual machine; you can use the terms interchangeably.

Download Ubuntu Installer

Before you forge ahead, you need to know about these system requirements for running Ubuntu. First, the PC where you are going to install the Ubuntu must have at least 4 GB RAM and a hard drive (SSD or HDD) with sufficient space (at least 50 GB). Also, the system’s CPU has to support Intel VT-x or AMD-v features, and you must enable the feature in UEFI/BIOS.

When these prerequisites are set, then you can download Ubuntu’s ISO file (disk image file) from the official download site.

There are multiple versions of Ubuntu; you can either download the latest version (which is typically the best version) or download an older version if you’re looking for a specific feature that’s not available in newer versions.

The Ubuntu image file can reach up to 2 GB in size; you will need stable internet connectivity throughout the installation process. Also, due to the large size, it may take a long time for the download to complete; thus, while Ubuntu is downloading, download and set up VirtualBox, which should be used for the installation.

Create a new virtual machine

If you already had VirtualBox installed on your PC, then you should jump to the setup steps. Below is how to download and run VirtualBox on any computer you wish to install dual operating systems.

  • Go to virtualbox.org and download the version for your computer (MacOS or Windows).
  • Run the installer file and follow the on-screen prompts to set up VirtualBox on your computer.
  • Now, you’ll need to create a new virtual machine to run Ubuntu.

How to create a new virtual machine

  • Double-click on the “Oracle VM Virtual Box” icon to launch it.
  • Click on “New” (at the right pane) to configure a new virtual machine.
  • In the pop-up menu, you will need to enter some important information.
  • Enter any name of your choice in the “Name” field; you can use “Ubuntu” or any other name.
  • Click on the “Type” dropdown and select “Linux”.
  • If the “Value” box did not automatically select “Ubuntu”, then click on it and choose “Ubuntu” from the menu.
  • Click “Next”.
  • On the next page, choose the amount of RAM Ubuntu should use. The setup wizard will automatically select the recommended RAM your new OS should use. But in case you want to adjust this, drag the slider to choose (just don’t take the slider to the RED part).
  • Click “Next”.
  • Create a virtual machine hard disk (follow the prompts to complete setting up a virtual machine for Ubuntu.

At this point, double-click on the “Name” you used, click on the “Folder” icon, and select the Ubuntu ISO file you downloaded. Click on “Open,” “Start,” and then “Install Ubuntu.” Ubuntu will begin to be installed on the virtual machine. Follow the on-screen prompts to configure the installation settings.

Editing your virtual machine settings

If you wish to edit some settings for a virtual machine profile, simply click on the account name from the main window, and then click the settings gear icon on the top menu. You’ll be taken to the VM’s settings page, where you can toggle between tabs and change the configurations you wish.

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