Windows 7

This guide will show you how to install Windows 7 in VirtualBox.

01 – Click New in VirtualBox

02 – Provide a name, and ensure that Type: Microsoft Windows and Version: Windows 7 (64-bit)
Click Next

03 – Leave the RAM setting as is.
Click Next

04 – Make sure Create a virtual hard disk now is selected.
Click Create

05 – Make sure VDI (VirtualBox Disk Image) is selected.
Click Next

06 – Make sure Dynamically allocated is selected
Click Next

07 – If required, change the location the virtual hard disk should be saved.
Click Create

08 – Select the newly created virtual machine and press Ctrl + S to open the machines settings.

Select Empty under Controller: IDE.
Then click the small disk icon on the right hand side and click Choose Virtual Optical Disk File.
Navigate to, and select the Windows 7 disk image.
Click Open

09 – Click “OK” to close the settings.

10 – Click Start

11 – The Windows Boot Manager will load.
Make sure “Windows 7 SPI 64-bit Setup” is selected.
Press Enter

12 – Windows 7 Setup will load some files.
Windows 7 Setup will load.
Select your Language, Time/Currency format and Keyboard layout.
Click “Next”

13 – Click “Install now”

14 – Select the version of Windows 7 you want to install.
Click “Next”

15 – The License Terms will load.
Tick the “I accept the license terms” checkbox.
Click “Next”

16 – Windows 7 Setup will ask you whether you would like to Upgrade or do a Custom install.
Click “Custom (advanced)”

17 – Windows 7 Setup will list the Hard Drives found in the virtual machine.
It should only show the one.
Click “Next”

18 – Windows 7 Setup will begin copying and installing the necessary files.

19 – The virtual machine will restart.
When told to “Press any key to boot from CD”, wait a few seconds.

20 – Windows 7 Setup will continue.

21 – The Virtual Machine will restart.
When told to “Press any key to boot from CD”, wait a few seconds.

22 – Windows 7 Setup will prepare the computer for first use.
Windows 7 Setup will then ask you to enter a User Name and Computer Name.
Enter a user name.
Click “Next”

23 – Windows 7 Setup will ask you to enter a password.
You can leave this blank.
Click “Next”

24 – Windows 7 Setup will ask you for your product key.
If you have one, enter it. Otherwise leave it blank.
Click “Next”

25 – Windows 7 Setup will ask you what setting you would like for Windows Update.
Click “Ask me later”

26 – You will have the chance to specify your time zone, if it isn’t already correct.
Click “Next”

27 – You will be asked to select your computers location.
Click “Home”

28 – Windows 7 Setup will configure the network settings and finalise some settings.

29 – The Virtual Machine will restart.
When told to “Press any key to boot from CD”, wait a few seconds.

30 – Windows 7 will load.
You will now be logged into Windows 7.

Click “Devices”
Click “Optical Drives”
Click “Remove disk from virtual drive”

Windows 7 is now installed.

Below are the steps needed to setup;

  • Hardware Drivers
  • Web Browser Installation

Hardware Drivers

VirtualBox comes with some optional drivers which can easily be installed.

1 – Boot into Windows 7

2 – Click “Devices”
Click “Insert Guest Additions CD image…”
The AutoPlay menu should appear.
Click “Run VBoxWindowsAdditions.exe”

3 – A User Account Control popup will appear.
Click “Yes”

4 – Virtual Box Guest Additions installer should launch.
Click “Next”

5 – Setup will ask for the destination to install to.
Click “Next”

6 – You will be asked to choose components to install.
Leave these as-is.
Click “Install”

7 – VirtualBox Guest Additions will start installing.

8 – A number of Windows Security popups will appear.
Click “Install”

9 – VirtualBox Guest Additions will finish.
Click “Devices”
Click “Optical Drives”
Click “Remove disk from virtual drive”

Make sure “Reboot now” is selected.
Click “Finish”

10 – The virtual machine will reboot and Windows 7 will load.
Right click on the Desktop background
Click “Screen resolution”

11 – Here you can change the resolution.
Change the resolution if you wish.
Click “OK”

12 – If you changed the resolution, you will be asked whether you want to keep the settings.
Click “Keep changes”

13 – The Display is now configured.

Web Browser Installation

I have included a number of different Web Browsers which you can install.

1 – Make sure you are in Windows 7

2 – Click “Devices”
Click “Optical Drives”
Click “Choose disk image…”

Select the Browsers disk image.
Click “Open”

3 – Install the browser(s) of your choice.

Once installed;
Click “Devices”
Click “Optical Drives”
Click “Remove disk from virtual drive”

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