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How to load Microsoft Windows into your virtual machine with a Windows .iso file


Please note: These instructions work for Windows XP & 7


Step 1:

Load VirtualBox from your main menu in your Ubuntu Version

Step 2:

Click on the host DVD drive. Please note your DVD Host Drive may be a different model than is shown in the screen below.



Step 3:

On the tiny DVD on the far right top click click on the yellow folder "Choose a virtual CD/DVD disk file.



Step 4:

Locate your Windows XP or 7 iso file using the file manager and click on "Open" on the bottom right to select it.



Step 5:

As you can see VirtualBox has loaded your iso file that you selected.



Step 6:

Now you can click on the top green right arrow button to load your Windows VM.



Step 7:

You will see that Virtualbox has loaded your Microsoft Licensed Windows version iso file and is loading the installer.
Please note that this example is for Windows 7 but it could be XP if that is what you want to install. The process
of installing either is the same.



Step 8:

Simply finish installing your Windows operating system as a normal installation.
After it is fully installed you will need to install the Oracle Guest Additions which is explained below:



Step 9:

Please remove your Windows operating system iso file from your virtual CD/DVD disk drive.

Your Windows OS iso file has to be removed in order to install the Oracle Guest Additions below.
Simply right click the tiny silver DVD icon on the bottom right side of the VM screen and select "Host Drive".



Step 10:

IMPORTANT NOTE!

Turn off the Windows restore function in the Windows Control Center now! Otherwise your virtual machine will more than double in size, which will slow down the Robolinux VM backup and restore functions. Please click on the FAQ below if you need help with turning off the Restore Point in Windows.

Now you can install the "VirtualBox Guest Additions"

Your Windows OS needs this software in order to function properly. This automaticallly installs all your Windows drivers in less than a minute.

This is a typical Windows program installation so you will be clicking once on several screens to finish the installation. Do not be intimidated by the number of screens and clicks. There is nothing complicated and it takes less than one minute to do. This installation example is done in Windows 7, but also has the same screens in XP.

Step 1:

Start Windows in VirtualBox as explained above and click on the top menu option "Devices" and click on "Insert Guest Additions CD image"
Please note you do NOT have to insert any CD. The CD image is actually a file and is already included with Oracle VirtualBox 4.3.6 & above versions.



ATTENTION XP Users: The screens you see will be a different color but the same dialogue boxes
will ask you the same easy questions.

Step 2:

Click on "Next".



Step 3:

Click on "Next".



Step 4:

Click on "Install".



Step 5:

Click on "Install".



Step 6:

Click on "Install".



Step 7:

Click on "Finish" and be sure to reboot.



Congratulations You're done!






 
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