How to Install Windows 7 on a VirtualBox Virtual Machine

MakeUseOf | 7/1/2019 | Gavin Phillips
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Windows 7 is something of a relic. Not quite as ancient as Windows XP, of course. But Windows 7 is rapidly approaching its January 2020 end of support date. At that point, Microsoft will stop issuing public Windows 7 security patches. Companies that rely on Windows 7 will pay Microsoft to keep working on and fixing the operating system. But those fixes are unlikely to reach the public.

One option is to install Windows 7 in a VirtualBox virtual machine. Installing Windows 7 as a virtual machine gives you a security boost. Here’s how you do it.

Things - Place

Before you get going, you need a few things in place.

The tutorial uses VirtualBox, a free virtual machine program. You need to download and install VirtualBox before continuing. Download and install VirtualBox version 5.2.xx using the link below. VirtualBox 5.2.xx can install and run both 32 and 64-bit image files.

Version - VirtualBox - Version - X - VirtualBox

There is a later version of VirtualBox, version 6.x. However, VirtualBox version 6.x can only install and run 64-bit image files. In that, the earlier 5.2.xx version is handy as it can handle both architectures and is still receiving updates.

You also need your Windows 7 disk image (ISO). If you don’t have your Windows 7 ISO, you can enter your Windows 7 product key here to secure an official download.

VirtualBox - Windows - ISO

Once you install VirtualBox and have your Windows 7 ISO, you can continue.

Want to learn more about VirtualBox? Check out the MakeUseOf VirtualBox user’s guide for a ton of tips and tricks.

VirtualBox - Multiple - Systems - Windows - Ubuntu

With VirtualBox you can easily install and test multiple operating systems. We'll show you how to set up Windows 10 and Ubuntu Linux as a virtual machine.

Now you can install Windows 7 in a virtual machine, using VirtualBox.

VirtualBox - Select - New - Windows - Machine

Open VirtualBox. Select New. Give your Windows 7 virtual machine a name.

Now, decide how much memory to allocate the...
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