Create your First Virtual Machine in Oracle VM VirtualBox

In the previous article about installing Oracle VM VirtualBox on Windows 10, we showed you how to install Oracle VirtualBox on your Windows 10 machine. In this article, we will walk you through the process of creating your first virtual machine in Oracle VM VirtualBox. Please follow the procedure described below.

  1. Login in to your Windows 10 machine
  2. Open Oracle VM VirtualBox Manager
  3. At the top of the window, click on the New in order to create a new virtual machine
  4. Under Name and operation system choose a descriptive name and destination folder for the new virtual machine and select the type of operating system you intend to install on it and then click Next. The name you choose will be used throughout VirtualBox to identify this machine. In our case the name of the virtual machine is Windows 10 Pro, we will keep the default location. The type and version of the operating system will automatically change based on your descriptive name. If it is not changed, please do it by yourself.
  5. Under Memory size select the amount of memory (RAM) that will be allocated to the virtual machine and then click Next. Please use the slider to configure RAM. In our case, we will assign 8 GB of RAM memory. In case you are not able to assign 8 GB due to your host´s resources, please assign the 4 GB.
  6. Under Hard disk select Create a virtual hard disk now and then click Create. In this window, you will be also able to use an existing virtual hard disk or skip creating a new hard disk. As we do not have a virtual disk, we will create a new one.
  7. Under Hard disk file type choose VDI (VirtualBox Disk Image) and then click Next. As you can see there are three different hard disk types including VDI, VHD, and VMDK. VDI is used by Oracle VirtualBox, VHD is used by Hyper-V and CMDK is used by VMware.
  8. Under Storage on physical hard disk select Fixed size and then click Next. As you can see there are two storage types including dynamically allocated and fixed size. A dynamically allocated hard disk file will only use space on your physical hard disk as it filly up (up to maximum fixed size), although it will not shrink again automatically when space on it is freed. A fixed-size hard disk file may take longer to create on some systems but is often faster to use.
  9. Under File location and size choose the location where you would like to store your virtual hard disk and choose the file size. We will keep the default virtual disk size which is 50 GB and then click Create.
  10. Wait until the disk is created.
  11. Congratulation. You have successfully created your first virtual machine in the Oracle VM VirtualBox.

As you can see, the newly created virtual machine is powered off. In order to install the operating system and configure the virtual machine, we would need to start the virtual machine. As we finished this article, see you in the next article where we gonna talk about the initial configuration and installation of Windows 10.


Jasmin Kahriman

Jasmin is a tech-savvy Systems Engineer with over 15 years of experience in IT infrastructure, holding multiple IT certifications including CNIP, MTA, MCP, MCSA, MCT, Server+, and Network+.