To be honest .. Windows 10 is the version of Microsoft operating system that I do like the most .. finally! Not only in it function but also in the UI (User Interface) its getting better and better.
If you still stick around with previous version of Windows and want to try out this operating system before you plan to upgrade your system to Windows 10. In this post I will show you how to test it with a software called Virtualbox by Oracle.
Or maybe you’re a Mac user who want to test Windows 10. No problem, Virtualbox also available for Mac and its free!
There is other software like VMware fusion etc. But this time we use Virtualbox.
You may have heard about this application or have seen people using it but you don’t know how to use it properly. Thats okay! here, we will learn together how to test Windows 10 on Virtualbox.
First you need to download the free version of Windows 10 disc image and Virtualbox software. Virtualbox is available for Windows, Mac, Linux and Solaris.
Download Win 10 ISO file from Microsoft official website here; Download Windows 10 Disc Image (ISO File)
And you can download Virtualbox software here; https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads
Make sure your hard disk still have free space at least 30 gb. Because in order to install Win 10 on Virtualbox you need to create virtual disk at least 18 gb in size.
Okay here we go!
Creating virtual machine in Virtualbox
Open Virtualbox application in the left top of the app click on ‘New’ the dialog window will appear ask you to choose a name for the virtual machine type and version of operating system.
Name it as you like, in machine ‘Type’ click on the dropdown menu and choose Microsoft Windows and choose Windows 10 for the ‘Version’ then click Continue. See screenshot below
Then in ‘Memory size’ select the amount of RAM to be allocated in virtual machine Recommended memory size is 2048 mb, then click Continue
In Hard disk section select ‘Create virtual hard disk now’ and click Create
And then in ‘Hard disk file type’ select VDI (Virtual Disk Image) do not click continue button! instead click on ‘Expert Mode’ see screenshot
In the Expert mode, set File size to at least 18 or 20 GB in size because in order to install Windows the disk must have at least 14 gb free space. For ‘Storage on physical hard disk’ select on ‘Fixed size’ and click the Create button.
Now Virtualbox will create the VDI (Virtual Disk Image) for your new virtual machine. It takes times, so while you’re waiting you can grab a cup of tea or something.
When it done, you will see your new virtual machine on the left part of Virtualbox window. Now your machine is ready, but wait! don’t get hurry, first you need to setting the machine first.
Click on Settings icon in top left of the window, on the settings window click on Storage tab. In the Storage tab click on CD/DVD icon on the left click it! then click the other ones in the right on ‘Atributes’ then click on ‘Choose Virtual Disk File’ then find for the downloaded Windows 10 ISO file you. have downloaded.
When done, click OK. see screenshot
Now you can click on green arrow icon to Start the virtual machine.
Installing Windows 10
After you click ‘Start’ the virtual machine will booting from the Virtual Optical Disc file according to the settings.
So just like typical OS installation, when Win 10 installer done loading the installer you will be ask to Choose Language, Time and currencies format and Keyboard and input method. Choose what you desire and click Next, then click ‘Install now‘
On the next page you will be ask for activation key, choose to click on ‘I don’t have a product key‘ then click Next.
Select operating system you want to install and click ‘Next‘ > check on ‘I accept the license terms‘ and click ‘Next‘
In the page Windows setup ask you ‘Which type installation do you want‘ select on ‘Custom:Install Windows only(Advance)‘ see screen shot below
The next Windows setup page, you will be ask for ‘Where do you want to install Windows‘
You will see your virtual disk you’ve created earlier but its un formatted, to format it click on ‘New‘ in the right below of the list table, a dialog window will pop up tell you that it will also will create another partition for System reserved. Its fine just click OK
And then you will have two partition, partition 1 for system reserved and partition 2 for where Windows 10 will be install on it. Just click ‘Next‘
Windows setup now will begin to installing ‘Windows 10’
When it done, it will restart automatically just let it be.. after restart the setup will ask you ”How would you like to set up?‘ just choose ”Set up for personal use‘ and click Next.
Then you will be ask for Sign in with Microsoft account, just sign in with your account if you like or just simply choose ‘Offline account‘ and click Next.
And then set up your user name, password, meet the Cortana and so on.
Once again the Windows set up will restart. After polishing the system it self for you then …
Now you can start testing and evaluate the feature of Windows 10 in Virtual machine.
Setting Virtualbox after to Windows installation
After succeed installing Windows 10, to make sure next time when you boot the virtual machine you boot from the Virtual disk 0 and not from disk 1 which is the CD / DVD go to ‘Settings‘ > System
In System settings change Boot order option, use up/down arrow to move up the Hard disk on top position. And its better to uncheck the floppy disk then click OK. See screenshot below
You may also need to remove Windows ISO file from the CD/DVD disk in Settings > Storage
Deleting the virtual machine
When you want to delete the virtual machine from Virtualbox and all its data, in the left part of Virtual box app right click on the Virtual machine you want to delete and click on remove.
You will get a warning and ask you to Remove only or Delete all files. Select Delete all files, so it will not leave your machine with 18 gb unused files.
OK thats it! have fun with it.
PS. If you plan to upgrade to Windows 10 you need to know that in order to activate Windows 10 you need to buy the license key.