How to Use VirtualBox (Beginners Guide)

In a recent video in the “Free Software” series, I showed you VirtualBox, which is a free and open source solution to be able to run other operating systems virtually on your PC. In this beginner’s guide, I will show you how to set-up and use VirtualBox. In addition, I’ll also show you how to install and run Ubuntu, which is one of the most popular of the Linux distributions.

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0:30 What is VirtualBox.
1:16 Download.
1:46 Install.
2:29 Launch VirtualBox.
2:42 Download ISO for Ubuntu.
3:35 Create Guest OS.
6:41 Settings to complete the Guest OS process.
8:54 Install Ubuntu.
11:07 Tips for using Ubuntu.
13:15 Shut down Ubuntu.

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  1. READ THIS FIRST – When installing other guest operating systems using VirtualBox, you may need to adjust the memory (RAM), and CPU, which I showed you in this video. If you are creating a Windows or Mac guest OS, you may need to adjust some of the settings higher than you would with Linux. On older computers, you may need to enable virtualization in the Bios. If you are experiencing issues with adjusting the size of the guest OS as shown in the video, you may need to install the "Guest Additions" for VirtualBox. Here's a link to the instructions. Thanks for watching 🙂

  2. Thanks for a great video. I had a quick question. I'm using virtual box on 11 windows pro and I'm unable to get an IP address. It comes up with IPV4 Why is this? Also, does my server manager have to connected to the Internet to get an IP address?

    Thanks for your help.

  3. Hi, good content, I tried everything you said but ended up with aborted, though I have tried installing windows on my virtualbox and that was the same place I landed, I still don't know what I'm doing wrong.

  4. whenever i go in settings, it says controller SATA, and the iso is already under it, how do i fix it?
    oh yeah and when i start the vm, it immediately crashes.

  5. A very clear video and all I would like to know is – can I run Linux Mint instead of Ubuntu as I prefer Mint to Ubuntu. The other query is can I use a secondary drive I have in my machine instead of using the main drive??

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