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How to install Windows 7 in VirtualBox [Guide] (@Hatryst)

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BrinkDroid
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Have you ever got your hands on VirtualBox and found IT IS way better than any other virtualization software? Have you also gotten your hands on a Windows 7 ISO? HAVE YOU EVER WANTED TO INSTALL WINDOWS 7 IN VIRTUALBOX? Here is a guide to show you how!
PS: Thanks to Hatryst for the idea of making this post.

What You'll Need:
-VirtualBox (if you haven't got a copy click here
-Windows 7 ISO file (containing Windows 7 setup files) /Bootable USB drive with setup files / Bootable CD or DVD with setup files
-Enough time to spare
-Enough space on your HDD and enough RAM

Instructions:

1) Open up VirtualBox and click the 'New' button with a blue sun icon.

2) Click next in this following dialog box that will appear:

3) Type the name of the Virtual Machine (of your choice) and select Windows 7
as the OS type, and click Next.

*Tip : If you input Windows 7 as the name of your VM, the OS Type will auto-adjust to
Windows 7.

4) Next, select the amount of RAM in this window and click Next:

*If you don't have enough RAM to spare, put a bit lesser than 512 MB, but Aero and some other features might be disabled.

5) Click Next again in this window to create a new virtual disk:

6) A new window will popup like this one:

6a) Click Next in this window.

7) Select 'Dynamically expanding storage in this window:

7a) Click Next in the window.

8) Click Next in this window:

8a) Click Finish in the remaining two windows.

9) Now is the time to go to the Settings page of of your new VM and add or disable settings, according to
your choice.

10) Double-click on your new Virtual Machine, and a few dialog boxes will popup, ignore them, but NOT the one that says:
'First Run Wizard' .

11) If you are using a bootable USB / CD / DVD , navigate to it by clicking the folder icon with a green arrow. If you
are using an ISO, navigate for it through the same way, and click Next once you're done.

12) Windows 7 will now install. Installation will take not much time (probably lesser than 10 minutes), as you will be
installing a custom install. (*Remember to select 'Custom Install', not 'Upgrade'.

13) The setup will ask you some info sometimes during the installation porcess, so don't leave your computer.

14) Woalla! You'er done! You can choose to restart the VM after your VM install certain updates. Enjoy! ;)

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whs
whs
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Nice contribution. Here is a guide I wrote a long time ago. It covers both, Virtual Box and Virtual PC. Maybe it is helpful: http://cid-475a0a48ca6d4035.of.....ion%20.zip

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vistamike
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Very good and thanks for the contribution. I have made it a sticky in Tutorials.

Mike

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hatryst
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Very nice, Andrew. I'll try that !
Thanks for the details and the mention ;)

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BrinkDroid
BrinkDroid
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Thank YOU Hatryst, you were the one who gave me the idea!
Here's something to thank you:

-BrinkDroid/Andrew

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BrinkDroid
BrinkDroid
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If you want to learn how to make that custom window I posted earlier, wait for the next post for a link how to make the tutorial! :)

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hatryst
hatryst
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Always welcome. Thanks to you for the tutorial !
That's a cool message :) How did you do that?!
P.S. No need to mention me by name in the next topic, I'll get to know when you'll post it ;)

Keep up the good work !!

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BrinkDroid
BrinkDroid
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LOL, thanks for the reminder, and anyways, I made the message box using a VBScript. :P

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BrinkDroid
BrinkDroid
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@whs
whs, the link you provided is a broken one. Please revise it. :B

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Santo
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The link posted by whs is working and I was able to download the PDF. You may check here.

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whs
whs
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Hmm, strange. The link works here too - both my original and the one Santo posted.

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BrinkDroid
BrinkDroid
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Oh, maybe it was a mistake. :(

-Andrew

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BrinkDroid
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And whs, are you in EightForums? If you are, my name there is Terabites, if you know me. :)

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whs
whs
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Yeah, I am there but do not log on very often. I am supposed to be more active as member of the EF team, but I am currently too busy with other tasks. I saw your post on one of my threads.

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BrinkDroid
BrinkDroid
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LOL.

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BrinkDroid
BrinkDroid
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Maybe I should change my name to Terabites here?

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BrinkDroid
BrinkDroid
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By the way, how is my avatar? LOL

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vistamike
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It has (avatar) that 'cool' factor, nice.
To change your username you would lose 'BrinkDroid' as the login name. Also you would lose your posts because you can only have one account.
I could change 'member' to Terabites if other mods agree

Mike

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whs
whs
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I do not like .gif avatars,. They make me nervous. I always hit the ESC when I see one.

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BrinkDroid
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Nice joke, whs! :) (If it actually is one...)

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