One can run many OSes such as Windows, Linux, macOS, BSD, and others inside a VirtualBox. This article shows how to prepare, setup, and install Windows 11 in a VirtualBox Virtual Machine (VM). IMPORTANT: If you are looking to dual-boot from a separate drive, please contact customer support to receive a full installation kit.
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Use a browser to download the Windows 11 ISO. Select Windows 11, followed by your preferred language, and then select
In this phase, we prepare VirtualBox so it can install W11.
Using half your available virtual cores is a reasonable place to start. The PAE/NX (Phyiscial Address Extension / No Execute) option is usually not required or even desirable. However, an Oracle Guide includes it, so you may want to try it with and without.
We often maximize the Video Memory, although 128 MB should be plenty for most office tasks.
Select Win11 disk file.
Next for the product key above, Press
SHFT + F10. After opening command prompt, open the Registry Editor by typing
Right Click > New > DWORD (32-bit) Value.
Q: What are some uses of VirtualBox?
A: One may use virtual machines to run applications that are not available on other Operating Systems, as illustrated here. However, one can also use them to test system and package development.
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