Why you need this article
Oracle VM VirtualBox comes in many different packages, and installation depends on your host OS. If you have installed software before, installation should be straightforward. On each host platform, Oracle VM VirtualBox uses the installation method that is most common and easy to use. We will cover the Windows installer as that is the one we test with and recommend the most.
Oracle VM VirtualBox is split into the following components:
Base package. The base package consists of all open source components and is licensed under the GNU General Public License V2.
Extension packs. Additional extension packs can be downloaded which extend the functionality of the Oracle VM VirtualBox base package. Currently, Oracle provides a single extension pack, available from: https://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/6.1.16/Oracle_VM_VirtualBox_Extension_Pack-6.1.16.vbox-extpack
The extension pack provides the following added functionality:
- The virtual USB 2.0 (EHCI) device.
- The virtual USB 3.0 (xHCI) device.
- VirtualBox Remote Desktop Protocol (VRDP) support.
- Host webcam passthrough.
- Intel PXE boot ROM.
- Disk image encryption with AES algorithm.
Oracle VM VirtualBox extension packages have a .vbox-extpack file name extension. To install an extension, simply double-click on the package file and a Network Operations Manager window is shown to guide you through the required steps.
1. Navigate to the VirtualBox website and select Download
2. Select the Windows Hosts option from the Platform packages
3. Launch the executable and leave all the settings as default, follow through the installation process
It will ask if you want to install USB software, you need to allow this for USB virtualization and function
4. Select Start Oracle VM Virtualbox after installation.
5. You should see a screen like this
Installing Oracle VirtualBox is incredibly simple and straightforward. Follow through the prompts and let it do what it needs to do, accepting any pop-ups and launching the application once it's done. Hopefully you enjoyed this article and let’s move on to the next one: VirtualBox – Creating Virtual Machines
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