Creating and setting up a VirtualBox virtual machine on Windows with a Kali Linux ISO image

22 August 2023 5 minutes Author: D2-R2

Kali Linux VirtualBox: Increase Flexibility and Functionality

Creating a virtual machine on Windows using VirtualBox and an ISO image of Kali Linux is a task that is becoming increasingly relevant for all PC users, regardless of whether you are a specialist in the field of cyber security or just a hacking enthusiast. This detailed guide to creating such a virtual machine with optimal settings for maximum performance will help everyone. VirtualBox is a well-known virtualization tool that has long gained popularity due to its flexibility and free cost. Its combination with Kali Linux, the leading operating system for penetration testing and cyber security, opens up endless possibilities for every hacker.

Step by step, we will guide you through the entire process of creating a Windows-based virtual machine. Starting with downloading the desired Kali Linux ISO image, installing VirtualBox and creating a new virtual machine to ensure optimal performance. Correctly configuring Kali Linux in VirtualBox is the key to efficient operation. With our instructions, you will be able to maximize the performance of your virtual machine, adapt the system to your needs and provide it with the highest level of security. Each step of the instructions is accompanied by a detailed description and recommendations, which makes the process of creating a virtual machine easy for everyone. Learning Kali Linux in a virtual environment is an excellent opportunity to deepen your knowledge in the field of cyber security. Start your journey into the world of hacking with our step-by-step guide and you’ll see how easy and simple it can be to create an optimized virtual machine on Windows using VirtualBox and Kali Linux.


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

We download the kali Linux installer

Step 1

Open the Google Chrome browser

Step 3

Click on the download icon as shown in the screenshot

Step 4

Open a new tab

We download VirtualBox 7.0

Step 5

Go to the link:

Step 6

Click on “Download VirtualBox 7.0”

Step 7

Click on the highlighted fragment “Windows hosts”

Step 8

Click “Next”

Step 9

Click “Next”

Step 10

Click “Yes”

Step 11

Click “Yes”

Step 12

Click “Install”

Step 13

Waiting for the download to finish

Step 14

Click “Finish”

Configuring VirtualBox

Step 15

Click “Create…”

Step 16

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

Step 17

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

Step 18

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

Step 19

Click “Finish”

Step 20

Click on the selected fragment, as shown in the screenshot

Step 21

Click “Graphical install”

Step 22

Select the language and click “Continue”

Step 23

Select the country and click “Continue”

Step 24

Choose the language for the keyboard and press as in the screenshot

Step 25

Waiting for download

Step 26

We give a name and move on

Step 27

Just click “continue” and skip this step

Step 28

Give a name and click “continue”

Step 29

Click “Continue”

Step 30

Select your time zone

Step 31

Waiting for another download

Step 32

We choose to use the entire disk

Step 33

We select our disk

Step 34

We choose their storage location

Step 35

Finishing our installation

Step 36

Click “Yes” and click “Continue”

Step 37

We continue loading our system

Step 38

We select all the ticks that are shown in the screenshot. This is the most optimal option for choosing all tools and optimal operation of the OS

Step 39

Click “Continue”

Step 40

Your virtual machine will reboot

Step 41

Enter your login and password and click “Login”

Step 42

Congratulations. everything worked out for us. now we can use VirtualBox on Kali Linux

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