Installing VirtualBox on Windows 10

Few days ago we showed you how to install VirtualBox on Ubuntu 17.04. Today’s post is going to show students and new users how to install VirtualBox on Windows 10 systems.

If you read our previous post, we said in that post that VirtualBox was a necessary tool for IT professionals and students studying to become IT pros. VirtualBox virtualization software is a free software that allows users to run multiple guest operating systems from a single computer.

For example, let’s say you have one computer, with enough storage space and lots of memory. Using VirtualBox software, you can install additional operating systems like (Windows, Linux, Mac OS) inside that one computer.

You can run multiple labs from your computer running different systems. This is powerful!

Each of these guest operating systems runs independently as if it’s the only guest machine running on the system. So, if you want to learn how to install VirtualBox, continue below.

Step 1: Download VirtualBox installer for Windows

The installer can be found on its download page here https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads

Go to the page above and download the binary version for Windows hosts

After downloading, run the executable to begin installing the software. When you start the installation, you should get a prompt like the one below.

virtualbox windows install options

During the installation wizard, you’ll get a Network Interfaces warning.. Click Yes to proceed. If you’re in the process of downloading or copying files and data, this will interrupt your network connection briefly. So, maybe pause the process or wait until you’re done before installing VirtualBox.

virtualbox network install

On the next screen, click Install to begin installing the program.

install virtualbox on windows

When prompted with a message to install (Trust) Oracle Universal Serial Bus, click Install to continue.

virtualbox windows trusted app

Continue with the wizard until you’re done.

After that, VirtualBox should be installed. When you’re done installing, open VirtualBox and install its extension pack.

The extension pack extends the functionality of VirtualBox base packages. It provides the following enhancements to VirtualBox:

  • Virtual USB 2.0 (EHCI) device
  • Virtual USB 3.0 (xHCI) device
  • VirtualBox Remote Desktop Protocol (VRDP) support
  • Host webcam passthrough
  • Intel PXE boot ROM.
  • Experimental support for PCI passthrough on Linux hosts
  • Disk image encryption with AES algorithm

To install the extension pack, go back to VirtualBox’s download page , download and save the current pack for all supported platforms

Step 2: Install VirtualBox extension pack.

After downloading the saving he extension pack. open VirtualBox host software click File –> Preferences

virtualbox extension pack install

Then select extension, click the browse button to the right to find the download extension pack. Select it, agree to the licensing terms and install.

windows virtualbox install pack

When you’re done, VirtualBox software will be ready to use and install guest operating systems.

Summary:

This post shows you how to install VirtualBox software on Windows 10 systems. It’s very easy to install on Windows systems. Students, IT pros should probably have VirtualBox software among their important tool collection.

It’s free, and allows users to run multiple test labs without incurring additional cost for computer hardware.

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