VirtualBox Install

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In this tutorial, I will be demonstrating a VirtualBox 6.1.2 install on a Windows 7 Professional, Service Pack 1, host machine.

After you've completed this tutorial, you can access my other VirtualBox tutorials here.

Refer to the prerequisites listed below to access the download locations of the resources needed to complete this tutorial.



Prerequisites

  • VirtualBox 6.1.2 can be downloaded here
  • VirtualBox 6.1.2 extension pack can be downloaded here
  • VirtualBox User Manual can be accessed here
  • Active Internet Connection
Steps to complete tutorial:
  1. Dowload VirtualBox 6.1.2
  2. Download VirtualBox 6.1.2 Extension Pack
  3. Install VirtualBox
  4. Install VirtualBox Extension Pack
Dowload VirtualBox 6.1.2

First, you will have to download VirtualBox 6.1.2 using the following link. The download will begin automatically.

Download VirtualBox 6.1.2 Extension Pack

Next, use this link to download the same version extension pack as VirtualBox 6.1.2.
Again, the download will begin automatically.

Install VirtualBox

After you’ve downloaded VirtualBox 6.1.2 along with the same version extension pack, we are ready to begin.
Double-click on the VirtualBox 6.1.2 executable, VirtualBox-6.1.2-135663-Win.exe, to begin the installation process.



Accept the Windows Security Warning by clicking Run



The Oracle VM VirtualBox 6.1.2 Setup Wizard will appear. Click Next to begin the installation.



This screen will allow you to select the features you wish to install, as well as, the file system location of the VirtualBox installation. I will be accepting the defaults. If you wish to change the features or the installation location, make your necessary changes and click Next to proceed



You will now have the option to create shortcuts to make VirtualBox readily accessible. I have disabled the Quick Launch Bar shortcut so as not to clutter it up. There is also an option to register file associations (this will ensure that files associated with VirtualBox open with VirtualBox). Make your selections and click Next to continue.



This warning is used to notify you that your network adapters will be reset during installation. You will notice after installation that new virtual network adapters are installed (Bridged, NAT & Host-Only). If you wish to read more about VirtualBox Networking, see here. Accept the warning and proceed with the installation by clicking Yes.



We are now ready to install VirtualBox 6.1.2. To proceed, click Install.



The VirtualBox installation process takes a few minutes.



During VirtualBox installation, you will be prompted to install different device software.

When prompted, click Install



After installing the Oracle VirtualBox device software, installation will complete. By default, the checkbox is selected to start VirtualBox automatically by clicking Finish. To open VirtualBox, click Finish
(If for any reason you do not want to start VirtualBox right away, uncheck the checkbox before clicking Finish.
When you are ready, you can use the newly created Start Menu entry or the Desktop shortcut to start VirtualBox.)



Here we see the Oracle VM VirtualBox Manager. You will notice that you are being prompted to install the newest version of VirtualBox (6.1.12). You can disregard this notification, and close the dialog box.
The reason I have installed VirtualBox 6.1.2 is because it is compatible with Vagrant 2.2.7.

Vagrant allows users to create lightweight virtual machines using VirtualBox. Learn more about Vagrant here.


You will notice that I already have a number of grouped virtual machines. This is because I have already created many VMs and just reinstalled VirtualBox for this demonstration.



Install VirtualBox Extension Pack

Now we will install the same version extension pack (6.1.2) which can be downloaded here.

The extension pack can provide access to external USB storage devices, as well as, allow guest access to the host machine’s webcam. It also provides other functionality which is documented here.

From the VirtualBox Manager interface, click File -> Preferences



Next, ensure the Extensions tab is selected, and click the “+” button to add the downloaded extension pack.



Browse to where you have downloaded the extension pack, select it and click Open



VirtualBox provides an informational message describing the operation to be performed, click Install



Accept the license agreement by clicking I Agree



Confirmation that the extension pack was successfully installed. To continue, click Ok



We now see that the extension pack for VirtualBox 6.1.2 has been successfully installed.



Hopefully, you’ve enjoyed completing this tutorial and found it helpful.

The next step will be to create a virtual machine of your own. I have other tutorials demonstrating just that.

You can browse my VirtualBox tutorials here.

Or, you can access all of my tutorials here.

Finally, if need be, you can download this tutorial VirtualBox Install.