Monthly Archives: November 2014

Installing Linux to a Virtual Machine.

In this post, we will be installing Linux, in this case ubuntu, to a virtual machine using virtualbox, which can be downloaded at However, all installs will be similar, they may just have a different GUI (graphical user interface)

A Description of Linux Source:

“Linux is, in simplest terms, an operating system. It is the software on a computer that enables applications and the computer operator to access the devices on the computer to perform desired functions. The operating system (OS) relays instructions from an application to, for instance, the computer’s processor. The processor performs the instructed task, then sends the results back to the application via the operating system.

Explained in these terms, Linux is very similar to other operating systems, such as Windows and OS X.

But something sets Linux apart from these operating systems. The Linux operating system represented a $25 billion ecosystem in 2008. Since its inception in 1991, Linux has grown to become a force in computing, powering everything from the New York Stock Exchange to mobile phones to supercomputers to consumer devices.

As an open operating system, Linux is developed collaboratively, meaning no one company is solely responsible for its development or ongoing support. Companies participating in the Linux economy share research and development costs with their partners and competitors. This spreading of development burden amongst individuals and companies has resulted in a large and efficient ecosystem and unheralded software innovation.”

Installing Ubuntu (a form of linux)

1. Download Ubuntu from In virtualbox, you  must use the 32 bit version (more on the difference between 32 and 64 bit in a later post) in virtualbox (if using vmware workstation, you can use either, but if using 64 bit, you must specify. More on using vmware instead of virtualbox) .


2. Run virualbox. If you haven’t installed it yet, it can be downloaded for free from

3. Click Run, and type “Ubuntu” into the name slot. The other settings should adjust automatically. Ensure that the OS is set as Linux and that the version is set as ubuntu, unless you are using a different version of linux.


4. Set the ram using the slider to the point between red and yellow.


5.  Click next until the below window appears. Make sure you have at least 12.1 GB, however you want more for files and programs.

File l;ocation and size

6. Click settings, then storage.

Ubuntu Settings

6. Click the disk icon with the words “empty” by it. Then click the smaller icon to the far right, then click “Chose an optical disk file” with a folder icon by it. Go to your downloads folder, and click the Ubuntu*************i386 file.


7. Click OK, select your virtual machine from the menu on the right, then click start.


8. After a while, the below window will appear. Click “Install Now”


9. Click “Install Now”


10. Once Ubuntu has finished installing,  you will be asked to restart. Do so.


You have finished installing ubuntu. Congratulations.

Running Windows 7 in a virtual machine.

If you want to test out dangerous programs or want to run windows on a mac, you can run windows 7 in a virtual machine, or a computer inside your computer. Windows 7 is microsft’s second best selling operating system, the first being windows xp. It improved power usage, drivers, and had the final version of the start menu (except for the Windows 10 technical preview).

1. download, install, and run virtualbox. You can get it here.

2. Get a copy of windows 7 from an old computer, a store, or the microsoft store. If you are getting it from your computer, download this program: Load it and find your product key. If you are buying from the microsft store, you will get an email with your product key.


3. If, and only if you are getting windows from your own computer, download the iso here

4. Click run in virtualbox, and use the below settings.


5. Click next until you get to the below screen, and select the space you want to allocate for the virtual machine.


6. Click create, then click settings in the homepage.


7. Select Storage, then click on the disk item in the middle


8. Click the disk icon on the left, and select the directory of the windows 7 iso.


9.  Exit the settings window, then click start


10. Wait until a  screen appears, then select your preferences. Once done, click next, then install now.

install now

11. Accept the license terms, then continue.

license terms

12 .Select disk 0, then click next. If it does not allow you to click next, like here, restart and set more storage space in the “new” window You must allocate at least 16 GB. If this happens, don’t give up, because rewards await you soon.


13. The below screen will appear. Feel free to minimize the window and do something else for about fifteen minutes, for this process will take quite a while.

Congratulations, you have installed windows 7 to a virtual machine. You can use this like a regular pc, and as long as your computer is connected to the internet, the virtual machine will to.

Running Windows 10 In a Virtual Machine

1. If you have not done so already, download windows 10 from former post from the archives at the bottom of the page (November 2014)

2. Download and install virtual box here

3. Run virtualbox and click new

Capture1 virtualbox

4. Set a name, select Microsoft Windows in the first box, and Windows 8.1 in the secondCapture2virtualbox

5. Leave all settings alone until you get to a screen where you set storage, and set the storage space you want for your machine. (This can not be more free space than your computer does)


6. Start the machine, and click the folder on the right. Select the windows 10 iso you downloaded , then follow all prompts until you have completely set up windows 10.

Congratulations. You have completely set up windows 10. To turn off, click the X, and select power off. To start the virtual machine again, select it from the list on the right, and click run. Remember to give microsoft feedback and suggest changes

Windows 10 Technical Preview

The windows 10 technical preview has just been released. It restores the start menu, adds virtual desktops (like in OS X), and allows metro apps to be windowed.  However, the major difference is that microsoft is collaborating with the general public. In former windows releases, by the time previews were released to the public, many features were locked in, and could not be changed. However, now microsoft is giving previews early, as long as you give feedback. You can sign up here.

Click “Get Started”


Sign In/Up to a microsoft account. This is used for office 365, onedrive (formerly skydrive), or technet, so if you use one of these, you have a microsoft account.


Download the appropriate version of Windows 10, and take note of your product key


Install to a computer, but don’t use your daily driver. Once you install windows 10, you won’t be able to use a recovery partition or disk to return to your older version of windows. Also, the preview is monitored, so don’t do anything private on it. I will do a post on installing it to a virtual machine (a virtual computer in your computer) soon.