Create and configure VirtualBox virtual machine on Mac OS with Windows 11 ISO image

24 August 2023 4 minutes Author: Lady Liberty

Virtualization allows Mac OS users to immerse themselves in the world of Windows without the need for a dual-boot installation. VirtualBox is the key to this capability. If you are interested in how to create a virtual machine from a Windows 10 ISO image on Mac OS, with detailed configuration and optimal performance, then welcome to our instructions. For Mac users using VirtualBox, it is important to know the nuances of setting up Windows 10 in a virtual environment. Our article will provide information on both the basic and professional aspects of this process. From software development to cybersecurity testing, the world of virtualization on the Mac opens up many possibilities for you.

What is the difference between VMware Workstation Player and Virtual Box?

Virtual machines are becoming a key tool for those seeking maximum security in the online space. They create an isolated environment that effectively blocks out potential threats and malware. Using a virtual machine reduces the risk of compromising the underlying system and provides an additional layer of protection against intrusions. Thus, for those who want to keep their data safe, virtual machines are becoming an indispensable tool in today’s digital world. VMware Player and VirtualBox are two well-known virtualization platforms for creating a virtual machine. Their key difference is that VMware Player is free for personal use only, while VirtualBox is completely free and open source software available for personal and commercial use. VMware Player is developed by VMware, a leader in virtualization, while VirtualBox is owned by Oracle. “Oracle” is an American corporation that specializes in the production of software, hardware for computing and other products and services in the field of information technology. VirtualBox, thanks to its transparent operation, has a larger set of features and settings, so we consider this virtual machine to be the best. Also, VirtualBox provides more flexible options and this is all thanks to its open source. On top of that, compatibility in VirtualBox, thanks to its open nature, supports a wider range of operating systems compared to VMware Player. Both tools, VMWare Player and VirtualBox, have their merits and each of them may be better depending on the specific use case scenario. The best way to determine which app best suits your needs is to install both and experiment with them. Only practice will help you figure out which virtual machine best meets your requirements.

Step-by-step installation instructions

Download the Windows 10 installer

Step 1

Open the Safari browser

Step 3

Select “Windows 10 Multi Edition ISO” and click “Confirm”

Step 4

Select the language and click “Confirm”

Step 5

Download the 64-Bit version of Windows

Step 6

Click “Allow”

Step 7

Here we can see that our file has been uploaded

We download VirtualBox 7.0

Step 9

Click on the highlighted fragment “macOS/Intel hosts”

Step 10

Click “Allow”

Step 11

Click twice on the file, as shown in the screenshot

Step 12

Click twice on this icon, as shown in the screenshot

Step 13

Click “Continue”

Step 14

Click “Install”

Step 15

Here we just need to wait for the files to download

Step 16

Click “Close”

Configuring VirtualBox

Step 17

Click twice on the icon, as shown in the screenshot

Step 18

Click “Create…”

Step 19

We name our virtual machine, specify the path of our ISO image and move on

Step 20

Here you can change your account details

Step 21

You can modify the hardware by changing the amount of RAM and the virtual number of CPUs, then click “Next”

Step 22

Choose the size of the Virtual Hard disk (at least 45 GB), and click “Next”

Step 23

Click “Finish”

Step 24

Here we are also waiting for the download to finish

Step 25

Click on “start menu”

Step 26

Click twice on the selected fragment, as shown in the screenshot

Step 27

We don’t worry. click “Yes”

Step 28

Click “Next”

Step 29

We choose the place where we want to download and click Next

Step 30

Click “Install”

Step 31

Waiting for the download to finish

Step 32

We press “Finish”

Step 33

Now we need to reboot our system

Step 34

Congratulations. Everything worked out for you.

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