Install Windows On Virtualbox On Mac


Here I explain how to install Windows on a Mac using the (free) virtualization software, VirtualBox.

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VirtualBox is free software that allows you to install different operating systems on your machine. By using VirtualBox, you can install Windows on your Mac. This enables you to run Windows-only applications on your Mac.

Here are the main steps involved in installing Windows on a Mac:

  1. Download and Install VirtualBox
  2. Create a Virtual Machine
  3. Download and Install Windows

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Here they are in more detail.

Download and Install VirtualBox

To run Windows on a Mac, you need to use virtualization software such as VirtualBox. While there are other options available (such as Parallels and VMware Fusion), VirtualBox is free. And while Bootcamp is also a free option, it doesn't let you run macOS and Windows simultaneously (you have to reboot the machine every time you want to switch to the other operating system). So with VirtualBox you get the best of both worlds — it's free, and it allows you to run both Windows and macOS simultaneously so you can switch between them as required without having to reboot.

  1. Download VirtualBox

    Go to the VirtualBox download page and click OS X Hosts. The white house twitter following.

  2. Install VirtualBox

    Double-click the VirtualBox.pkg icon to install VirtualBox. This will enable you to run VirtualBox from your Applications folder.

Create a Virtual Machine


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Now that you've installed VirtualBox, you can create a virtual machine. This virtual machine is where you'll install Windows.

  1. Launch VirtualBox

    Launch VirtualBox via the Applications folder (just as you'd launch any other application).

  2. Start the Wizard

    Click New to start the process of creating a new virtual machine.

  3. Name and Operating System

    Enter a name for the virtual machine (make it descriptive, such as Windows 10 or similar).

    Also choose Microsoft Windows and select the 64 bit version (unless you have reason to choose the 32 bit version).

    Click Continue.

  4. Set the Memory Allocation

    Use the slider to specify how much memory is allocated to the virtual machine. I selected 4 GB (4000 MB), which should be sufficient to run SQL Server inside Windows. If your Mac has a lot more RAM, then you might be able to allocate more to the virtual machine.

    Click Continue.

  5. Hard Disk

    Leave it at the default setting and click Create.

  6. Hard Disk File Type

    Leave it at the default setting and click Continue.

  7. Storage on Physical Hard Disk

    Leave it at the default setting and click Continue.

  8. File Location and Size

    Leave it at the default setting and click Create.

  9. Done!

    Your new virtual machine has been created. It appears in the left pane of the VirtualBox home screen.

    This is where you launch your virtual machine from whenever you need to use Windows.

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Download and Install Windows

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  1. Download the Windows Disk Image

    Go to the Windows download page and select the latest version of Windows. Follow the prompts to download the ISO file to your Mac.

    Alternatively, go to the Microsoft Evaluation Center and download a free evaluation trial. This is the option I used in this tutorial. This tutorial uses the Windows 10 Enterprise Evaluation edition (which is free to use for 90 days).

    Download the file to your VirtualBox VMs folder (e.g. /Users/Dave/VirtualBox VMs/) or move it there once downloaded.

  2. Start the Installation

    Double-click on the virtual machine that you created previously.

  3. Select the Windows Disk Image

    Use the interface to browse to, and select, the Windows ISO file that you downloaded.

    Click Start.

  4. Select Language, etc

    Select your language and other preferences, then click Next.

  5. License Agreement

    Select I accept the license terms and click Next.

  6. Installation Type

    Select Custom: Install Windows only (advanced).

  7. Select the Drive

    Here, the 50 GB drive (that you created when you created your virtual machine previously) should already be selected. If not, select it.

    Click Next.

  8. Select Keyboard Layout

    Select your preferred keyboard layout and click Yes.

  9. Add Another Keyboard?

    Click Skip (unless you want to add another keyboard, in which case click Add layout and follow the prompts).

  10. Join Domain

    Microsoft wants you to sign in but for the purposes of this tutorial, we won't be doing that.

    For this tutorial, click Domain join instead.

    If you have an account with Office 365 or other business services, then feel free to sign in using that account instead.

  11. Add Name

    Add your name (or pseudonym) and click Next.

  12. Confirm Password

    Enter your password again to confirm and click Next.

  13. Cortana?

    Click either Yes or No depending on whether you want to use the Cortana personal assistant. (In this case I chose No.)

  14. Privacy Settings

    Disable any privacy settings you want to, then click Accept.

  15. Finally.. Done!

    Windows is now installed. The Windows desktop is displayed, and you can now go ahead and start using Windows on your Mac!