Windows 10 RTM installation in VirtualBox on Mac OS X.
In a previous article, I installed Windows 10 Technical Preview in VirtualBox, but since Microsoft recently released the RTM version, I figured it would be a best to download the ISO file and show you the actual installation.
Microsoft’s operating systems installations are a very simple process these days. You basically need to follow the simple instructions, choose most defaults and sit back and relax while the installation finishes in a fairly short time.
How to Install Windows 10 RTM in VirtualBox
Step by Step
Download the latest ISO file. https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10ISO
- Launch VirtualBox, select New, then Name it Windows 10. The Type and Version will update automatically. Then select Continue.
From this point on in the New VM creation process, I am going to select all of the defaults.
- Memory size: 2048 MB, click Continue.
- Hard drive: Create a virtual hard drive now, click Continue.
- Hard drive file type: VDI (VirtualBox Disk Image), click Continue.
- Storage on physical hard drive: Dynamically allocated, click Continue.
- File location and size: 32.00 GB, click Create.
- Highlight the new VM, select Settings, select Storage, click on Empty under Controller: IDE. Click the CD icon, then Choose a virtual CD/DVD disk file… this is where you are going to navigate to and select your downloaded ISO. Click OK.
- Once you see Win10_English_x64.iso (or …x32.iso) under Controller: IDE, click OK.
- Start the new VM by clicking on the VM name and then click Start. VirtualBox should then start and boot off of the ISO. On the first screen, leave everything alone and select Next.
- Select Install now.
- When it asks to enter the product key, I selected Skip since this is just a test machine.
- Select either Windows 10 Pro or Windows 10 Home, depending on your needs. Select Next.
- Read and accept the license terms (if you accept, obviously). Click Next.
- I like to select Custom: Install Windows only (advanced). That way I can delete any partitions that might be there.
- Since this is a brand new VM, we can just select Next.
- Now the install begins.
- When you are prompted for the product key a second time, select Do this later. Click Next.
- Select Customize settings so you can configure some privacy settings.
- The next two screenshots are the options I chose. You choose what you want.
- After choosing your custom settings and clicking Next, the operating system installation continues.
- Since I don’t have a domain setup yet, I am going to select I own it. Click Next.
- I don’t want to use a Microsoft account to log in. I want to use a local account, so I will choose Skip this step.
- Now we will create our local account. Fill in the information and click Next.
- The installation process continues.
- You will then be logged-in to your brand new Windows 10 RTM machine.
- Open up File Explorer, click This PC, right-click the CD Drive and select Eject.
- In VirtualBox, select Devices, then Install Guest Additions CD Image.
- Back inside your Windows 10 VM File Explorer, you should now have VirtualBox Guest Additions showing for your CD Drive. Open up the CD.
- We are going to select all defaults during this istallation.
Leave Always trust software from “Oracle Corporation” and select Install.
- After rebooting, sign back into Windows 10. Right-click the desktop and select Display Settings.
- Select Advanced display settings.
- Select a resolution that works for you. I selected 1400 x 1050.
- DONE! Install Windows Updates and enjoy!
That’s it. Sure there are a lot of screenshots, but I wanted to show every single step.