How To Install Windows XP In VirtualBox
1. Download and install VirtualBox
- Start VirtualBox and select on the 'New' button to start the "Create New Virtual Machine" Wizard.
- Choose a name for your Virtual Machine (VM), select an OS and its version from the list.
- At this stage, you have to select the amount of RAM you would like to dedicate to your virtual machine.
- If you have never created a virtual hard disk with VitualBox before (which I suppose here), then you would have only 1 option and that is to create a new one now.
- Now there are 2 types of hard drives that you can create using VirtualBox. First is the dynamically expanding one which uses less space in the beginning and expands as needed. This one is ideal for those with smaller hard drive. The second one is of fixed-size which is better in case you have a larger hard drive and can wait a few extra minutes while the virtual drive is being created.
- After that, choose a name for your virtual disk and assign a size to it. For OS like Windows or Linux, about 6-10 GB would be sufficient to install and run the OS for minimum usage level. But if you are interested in installing the OS for heavier use and for storing a moderate or large number of files even in that second OS, you should assign at least 50 GB to your virtual hard disk.
- Check the final summary and click on 'Finish' to complete the process of creating the virtual machine.
3. Attaching The Required Removable Media To Install The OS
4. Run The VM And Install Your OS
Tips And Summary On Using VirtualBox
- VirtualBox is a simple and free solution to install more than one OS on your computer. There are a lot of issues with multi-partition systems that you can easily avoid with the help of VirtualBox.
- To use more than 1 OS on your system, you need to install VirtualBox and create a virtual machine for your OS.
- Assign enough RAM and hard drive space to your virtual machine so that it runs smoothly but doesn't trouble the main system at the same time.
- Install your OS from the CD/DVD drive that you normally use and start using your 2nd OS! That too - within the same OS!