If you want to test Windows 11 on your PC but don’t want to risk replacing your current version of Windows 10 with a beta operating system that may have issues, you may do it using a virtual machine. Virtual machines let you emulate a PC while running it in a separate window on top of your regular operating system. Today, in this post, we’ll explain how to install Windows 11 on VirtualBox in Windows 10, step-by-step.
Windows 11 Preview
In a launch ceremony on June 24, 2021, Microsoft announced the official release of the Windows 11 Operating System. According to fans, the live launch event was fantastic, demonstrating all of Win 11’s new features as well as speed improvements.
After that, fans were ecstatic and began looking for a Windows 11 ISO file to download and install. Although Microsoft has yet to release the official ISO Image file, the leaked consumer client version of Windows 11 is available. And if you’re interested in learning more about the new 11x OS, this article is for you.
According to Microsoft, the following are the system requirements for Windows 11:
- Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster with 2 or more cores on a compatible 64-bit processor or System on a Chip (SoC)
- RAM: 4 GB of RAM
- Storage: 64 GB or larger storage device
- System firmware: UEFI, Secure Boot capable
- TPM: Trusted Platform Module (TPM) version 2.0
- Graphics card: Compatible with DirectX 12 or later with WDDM 2.0 driver
- Display: High definition (720p) display that is greater than 9” diagonally, 8 bits per color channel
How to Install Windows 11 on VirtualBox in Windows 10
So, without wasting any time, here are the steps to install Windows 11 on VirtualBox:
- Oracle VirtualBox
- Windows 11 ISO Image
Step 1. Install VirtualBox on Your Current Windows 10
Oracle developed VirtualBox, a free and open-source hypervisor for x86 machines. It can run on Linux, macOS, Windows, Solaris, and OpenSolaris, among other host operating systems.
It also allows you to create and administer virtual machines that run Windows, Linux, BSD, and other operating systems, as well as limited virtualization of macOS guests on Apple hardware.
VirtualBox is virtualization software that can construct and run many virtual computers at the same time.
This allows users to access various operating systems from a single desktop and seamless teleportation of running virtual machines across hosts.
With additional characteristics, the software functions include 3D virtualization, multi-screen resolutions, and commendable hardware support.
- To install VirtualBox, navigate to the place where you downloaded it and double-click the downloaded “VirtualBox” file.
- On the Oracle VM VirtualBox Setup window, follow the installation by clicking 3 times Next then click Yes, and at last click Install.
Step 2. Create Windows 11 Virtual Machine
- Open VirtualBox and then click New to create a new Windows 11 VM.
- Type the virtual machine name such as Windows 11, select Type as Microsoft Windows, and select Version as Windows 10 (64-bit) then click Next.
- Move the slider to allocate the RAM size and then click Next.
- Select Create a virtual hard disk now and then click Create.
- Choose VHD (Virtual Hard Disk) and click Next.
- Select Dynamically allocated and then click Next.
- Move the slider to allocate disk size and then click Create. 50 GB is recommended.
- Now, click Setting to customize the Windows 11 virtual machine.
- Go to System > Processor and increase the processors.
- Go to Display > Screen And increase the video Memory up to 128MB.
- Go to Storage, select Empty and click on the blue disk icon click on the Choose/Create a Virtual Optical Disk.
- Click Add.
- Locate the Windows 11 ISO image and then click Open.
- Select Choose.
- Finally, click OK.
Step 3. Start Virtual Machine to Install Windows 11
- Launch VirtualBox and then Start.
- Select your preferred language and click Next.
- Click Install Now.
- Select I don’t have a product key.
- Select your Windows 11 Edition and click Next.
- Accept the License Terms and click Next.
- Select Custom: Install Windows only (advanced).
- Click New.
- Choose the disk size and click Apply.
- Click OK.
- Click Next.
- Now, for wait the installation process to be completed.
Step 4. Setup Windows 11 on VirtualBox
- Select your region and click Yes.
- Select the Keyboard layout and click Yes.
- Click Skip if you don’t want to add a second keyboard layout.
- Select I don’t have internet.
- Enter your Name and click Next.
- Enter a password and click Next.
- Confirm the password.
- Answer the Security questions and click Next.
- Choose your privacy settings for your device and click Accept.
- Finally, Windows 11 is successfully installed on VirtualBox in Windows 10.
That’s it. This is how you can install Windows 11 on VirtualBox in Windows 10. At first, any new operating system should be installed on a virtual machine rather than your PC or laptop. Please let us know if you have any recommendations or themes you’d like us to explore in the future article in the comments box below.