Windows Vista

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

01 – Click New in VirtualBox

02 – Provide a name, and ensure that Type: Microsoft Windows and Version: Windows Vista (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 Vista disk image.
Click Open

09 – Click “OK” to close the settings.

10 – Click Start

11 – Windows Vista Setup will automatically load.
Select your Language, Time/Currency format and Keyboard layout.
Click “Next”

12 – The License Terms will be displayed.
Tick the “I accept the license terms” Checkbox.
Click “Next”

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

14 – Windows Vista Setup will begin copying and installing the necessary files.

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

16 – Windows Vista Setup will make some changes and complete installation.
The Virtual Machine will restart.
When told to “Press any key to boot from CD”, wait a few seconds.

17 – Windows Vista will load.
You will be asked to enter a User Name and Password.
Enter a user name. You can leave the password field blank.
Click “Next”

18 – You will be asked to enter a computer name.
You can leave this as-is.
Click “Next”

19 – You will be asked to select a Windows Update setting.
Click “Ask me later”

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

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

22 – Windows Vista Setup is now complete.
Click “Start”

23 – Windows Vista will then take a couple of minutes to check the computers performance.

24 – You will now be logged into Windows Vista.

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

Windows Vista 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 Vista

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 “Continue”

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 Vista will load.
Right click on the Desktop background
Click “Personalize”

11 – Click “Display Settings”

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

13 – If you changed the resolution, you will be asked whether you want to keep the settings.
Click “Yes”

14 – 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 Vista

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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