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How to Install Windows 11 on VirtualBox

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Windows 11 has brought with it some new and exciting features. It comes with new design elements, a new taskbar, a new start menu, new wallpapers, and more. This has created a great deal of intrigue amongst tech enthusiasts. Now with all this chatter about Windows 11, let us figure out how to get our hands on it.

In this article, we will learn how to install Windows 11 on VirtualBox. Here is a step-by-step tutorial to achieve your own Windows 11 virtual machine.

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Setup VirtualBox

First things first, we need the VirtualBox software on our PC to set up Windows 11. You can visit virtualbox.org to get the package and install the software. VirtualBox is available for a variety of operating systems such as Linux, Windows, macOS, Solaris, etc., the links for which can be easily found on their website.

Once you download the executable setup file, double-click on it and follow the instructions provided on the screen. This way, you will have VirtualBox running on your PC in no time.

Install VirtualBox extension pack

The VirtualBox extension pack helps us to improve the features of the virtual machine. In addition to the basic functionalities, it provides some extra features that can come in handy. By simply having the plugin, you can enjoy a plethora of unique features. Some features include drag and drop, mouse Integration, internet connectivity, USB support, etc.

Create a Virtual machine

1. Launch VirtualBox that you just installed.

2. Click on the New button in the Machine menu.

Click New

3. Give the virtual machine a name such as “Windows 11.”

Name your virtual machine

4. Select the type “Microsoft Windows” + version “Windows 10 64-bit“. Then click Next.

5. Set the memory to 4096 MB by using the slider.

Assign memory to your virtual machine

6. Now, create a virtual hard disk. Next, select VDI and then choose Dynamically allocated.

7. Assign a minimum of 64 GB space or more as per your use.

8. Press Create.

Setting up Virtual machine

You can see the Windows 11 Virtual machine on the left side panel of VirtualBox once you have created it. 

1. Select the Windows 11 Virtual machine.

2. Click on Start.

Click Start

3. Click on the folder icon to select an ISO image file.

Select ISO file

(you will see “ISO image selector” on your screen)

4. Click Add to open the file manager.

Optical Disk Selector

5. Select the Windows 11 ISO file. If you don’t have the ISO file, then go to this article – how to download Windows 11 ISO file.

6. Click Choose.

Click choose

7. Click the Start button. This will activate the installation process.

Windows 11 VirtualBox installation

We are reaching the end of our installation process. Within a few steps, we will finally have a running Windows 11 virtual machine.

1. Select language and then click on the Install now button to start the installation process.

2. Click on “I do not have a product key” because we want to test the operating system.

Enter key or skip

3. Accept the license terms and click Next.

Accept the license agreement and click Next.

4. Among the two options, select the latter, Custom: Install Windows only (advanced).

Select custom install

5. Click the Next button to format the virtual drive and install Windows 11 on your virtual machine.

Click Next

Following the simple steps mentioned above, you can experience the latest Windows 11 insider preview. Downloading and installing the new Windows OS on a virtual machine using VirtualBox is the best way to do it. Using VirtualBox can help you achieve a smooth download and install process without putting risk on your host computer. 

Also read: How to enable virtualization on Windows 10

Now that you have installed Windows 11 on a virtual machine, you can try out all the new features. Experiment with it and be one of the first few people to get the gist of Windows 11.

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