How to run Windows on Ubuntu

By | September 30, 2014
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vitual box logoMany a times we come across a point, when we have to run certain windows application to get some job done. Although numerous alternatives and applications are available in Ubuntu, but still there are some areas where Ubuntu is way behind Windows. We might even simply want to install Windows just because there are other users who are uncomfortable with the Linux environment, and installing Windows separately would lead to various security leaks.

These types of tasks where we wish install or  rather simulate one system over the another requires Virtualization. This breakthrough was originally was a result of IBM investing a lot of time and money during the 1970s so as to develop time sharing systems, which allowed shared usage of computer resources among a large group of users so as to increase overall efficiency. This significantly reduced the cost of computing to a great extent. It is in fact the ideal way to improve resource utilization, and at the same time simplify data center management.

Oracle has developed a software to accomplish this task of virtualization easily- Virtual Box. It is installed on an existing host operating system as an application, this host application allows additional Guest operating System to be loaded and run, each with its own virtual environment.

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Now lets begin with this tutorial how we can install Windows on Ubuntu!

Install Virtual Box on Ubuntu

Open the terminal by pressing Ctrl + Alt + T and type the following command

sudo sh -c “echo ‘deb ‘$(lsb_release -cs)’ contrib non-free’ > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/virtualbox.list” && wget -q -O- | sudo apt-key add – && sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install virtualbox-4.3 dkms

Enter the password when prompted to and continue with the installation. This might take some time based on your internet connection.

install virtual box

Configure Virtual Box

Open virtual box by typing ” virtual box” in the dash

open virtual box

Once opened the following screen will appear.

virtual box

Now click on the “New” button on the upper left corner of the screen.

new dialog box

Enter the name you wish to give to your new machine and select the appropriate operating system.Then click on next.


Assign RAM to your virtual system, it is recommended to keep it to 512 MB.

assign RAM

You will then be prompted to create a virtual hard drive. If you wish you can select “Do not add a virtual hard drive” and change the settings later.

You will then finally be prompted to create a virtual machine.

create machine

Click on continue and your virtual machine will be ready.

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Install the Operating System

Click on “Settings” and the following window will appear.

setting dialog box

Now select “Storage” and click on the add icon below and click on “Add CD/DVD device”

new storage device

Now click on “Choose Disk” and select the ISO for Windows OS.

choose diskselect ISO file

Next Click on OK and you will be back to the previous screen. Now click on “Start” to start installing Windows on your virtual machine.

virtual machine running

Proceed as per the normal installation steps.

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