How to Install Windows 10 on Mac with VirtualBox?

Have you ever tried to install Windows operating system on Mac computer? However, Mac operating system is the best OS and Windows is more popular and well known for the people. You can install and run Windows 10 in OS X for free using VirtualBox. Because this installs Windows into a virtual machine atop existing Mac system software, running Windows is basically like running any other application, which makes it much easier than configuring Boot Camp for a native Windows experience. In this article, you will learn how to install Windows 10 on Mac using VirtualBox, create virtual machine on Mac, and how to edit virtual machine on Mac? with complete step by step guide.

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Install Windows 10 on Mac with VirtualBox

Setting up Windows 10 to run on the Mac is quite simple and requirements are basic enough though the more resources the computer has the better the overall experience will be. To get started, you’ll first need to download Windows 10 ISO from Microsoft and get VirtualBox. The rest is just a matter of following the simple instructions, and soon you’ll have Windows running in OS X in no time.

Windows 10 Installation Requirements

  1. Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster
  2. RAM: 1 gigabyte (GB) (32-bit) or 2 GB (64-bit)
  3. Free hard disk space: 16 GB
  4. Graphics card: Microsoft DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM driver

Windows 10 Installation Requirements for VirtualBox

  1. Download VirtualBox from Oracle (free) – install this as like any other app
  2. Download Windows 10 ISO from Microsoft (free) – put this somewhere easy to locate, like the Mac Desktop
  3. At least 8GB of disk space to install Windows into the virtual machine
  4. A reasonably speedy computer with sufficient RAM and CPU

Now, let’s get started that how to install Windows 10 on Mac computer by using VirtualBox. Download the VB and Windows 10 ISO. Install the VirtualBox then open it. To install the VirtualBox on your Mac, simply click on the pkg file then click continue.

Install VirtualBox on Mac Computer

Install VirtualBox on Mac Computer

Create Virtual Machine on Mac

To create virtual machine on Mac, open the VirtualBox first, then tap on the “New“. Once you clicked on “New”, a small window will pop up. In this window. You should choose a name and operating system type. In the name field, type “Windows 10” then choose the Windows type and version. Once you are done. Click on the “Continue” button.

Create New Virtual Machine

Create New Virtual Machine

Select the amount of memory or RAM in megabytes to be allocated to the virtual machine. At least 1 GB for 32-bit version and 2 GB for 64 version.

Choose Memory Size

Choose Memory Size

If you wish you can add a virtual hard disk to the new machine. You can either create a new hard disk file or select one from the list or from another location using the folder icon. For this demonstration, click on the second option “Create a virtual hard disk now“.

Create a Virtual Hard Disk

Create a Virtual Hard Disk

When clicked on create, a new window will be shown to you. Now, choose the first option “VirtualBox Disk Image” then hit the “Continue” button.

Hard Disk File Type

Hard Disk File Type

A dynamically allocated hard disk file will only use space on your physical hard disk as it fills up then it directly take space from your host computer. A fixed size hard disk file may take longer to create on some systems but is often faster to use. It depends on you that which type of disk you want to choose. I use here the “dynamically allocated“.

Dynamic Disk and Fixed Disk

Dynamic Disk and Fixed Disk

Now, the name of the virtual machine hard disk file. Or click on the folder icon to choose a different folder. Don’t forget to select the size of the virtual machine hard disk in megabytes. This size is the limit on the amount of file data that a virtual machine will be able to store on the hard disk.

Choose File Location and Disk Size

Choose File Location and Disk Size

How to Edit Virtual Machine on Mac?

When you create a brand new virtual machine so now it’s time to edit virtual machine. If you skip this process, you will not be able to install Windows 10 on Mac computer with VirtualBox. Now, click on the VirtualBox “Settings“.

Editing Virtual Machine on Mac

Editing Virtual Machine on Mac

Now, you’ll see the some options ” General, System, Display, Storage, Audio, Network, Ports, Shared Folders, User Interface”. First, click on the system tab. Choose at least 2 GB of RAM for 64-bit version of Windows 10. Put the chipset to “PIIX3“.

VirtualBox System Settings

VirtualBox System Settings

Now, Go the “Display” then setting everything like the screenshot below.

Create Virtual Machine on Mace

Create Virtual Machine on Mace

Go the “Storage tab“. Click on “Empty“. There is a small CD/DVD icon at top right hand-side. Click on that and choose Windows 10 ISO wherever it’s located. It’s done! tell here.

Choose Windows 10 ISO Image

Choose Windows 10 ISO Image

Install Windows 10 on Mac by Using VirtualBox

Now, everything is ready for Windows 10 installation. To install Windows 10 on Mac, tap on green arrow icon “Start“. Automatically the Windows will start installing on VirtualBox.

Start Virtual Machine

Start Virtual Machine

Now, the Windows 10 will start installing. Choose the keyboard and language and click next button.

Installing Windows 10 on Mac using VirtualBox

Installing Windows 10 on Mac using VirtualBox

Choose “Install Now“. Check out the Microsoft software license terms then hit “Next” button. Choose ” Custome installation of Windows“. Now, You have to do some partitions on this device. Click “New” then apply. Hit next to start the Windows 10 Installation.

Create new Partition

Create new Partition

Wait for some minutes and get relaxed. This will take around 15 to 20 minutes to complete.

Install Windows 10 on VirtualBox

Install Windows 10 on VirtualBox

After several times restarting the below page will pop up for you. If you have the Windows 10 Product key, so type and hit enter otherwise, click on the “Do this later“.

Enter Windows 10 Product Key

Enter Windows 10 Product Key

Choose ” Use express settings“.

Use Express Account

Use Express Account

Don’t create an account, just tap on “Skip this step“.

Sign up for Microsoft Account

Sign up for Microsoft Account

Create an account for this PC. To create an account, type the username and password. Choose a proper hint for the password. If you don’t want to use the password for this device. Only type the username and click “Next” button.

Create New User account for Windows 10

Create New User account for Windows 10

It’s done now! This is the complete screenshot.

Installed Windows 10 Successfully on VirtualBox

Installed Windows 10 Successfully on VirtualBox

Conclusion

Though this was somehow lengthy but we have covered everything. Again if you did not understand any point. Feel free to ask us just below this post. If you’re enjoying this VirtualBox experience, you may be pleased to discover that you can run many other operating systems in the virtual machine environment as well. Thanks for being with us.

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