In this post, I am going to set up a Virtual Machine and run Ubuntu as a productivity machine on top of my Windows 10 laptop.
|Virtual Box is an easy-to-use open source Virtual Machine for Windows and other operating systems.|
First I needed to grab a copy of the VM software. I choose to use Oracle Virtual Box.
Second I needed to download a copy of Ubuntu.
|Once you have installed Virtual Box, the next step is to create a new virtual machine by pressing the handily titled 'NEW' button. Once pressed you will get this dialogue box. Simply give your machine a unique name and select the correct Type.|
|Unless you already have a virtual machine hard drive, your next steps will be to allocate some of your host machine's hard disk to be used by the guest machine.|
|You have two options here. Either create a drive that will grow in size until it reaches a maximum, or create a drive already at its maximum size.|
|I intend to store a significant amount of files on my machines, so I am going to allocate 100GB from my host machine, space that I can easily afford to spare.|
Once you are ready to start, click on the name of your virtual machine to boot it up. This is where the Ubuntu disk image comes in.
|You are ready to point the virtual machine software at the location of your Ubuntu disk image. Once located then you are ready to start, so click 'start'.|
|Yup, you are ready to choose your language and hit Install.|
|Oh, go on then...|
|It sounds scary, but yes, you mean to click the first option, unless you are planning something else not covered in this post.|
|Select your location.|
Th...th...th...that's all folks!
Well, that's about it. Sit back and watch Ubuntu installing on your machine.