Hey Guys, Have you ever wondered what is a virtual machine and what are its uses?
In this guide, I’ll try to guide you about everything about virtual machines and how to install it.
Linux is an open-source operating system that works to receive requests from the user and transfer it to the computer’s hardware. Linux is different from windows in many different ways like it is open-source software that means it can be used by anyone for free and its code is available so users who know programming can edit and contribute.
Linux has both a graphical interface like using a word or excel and a command user interface like a command prompt.
Many of us are using Linux without even knowing it. Between 2/3rd of pages, you visit are generated by Linux. Many devices can use Linux like android phones, cameras, etc.
Virtual Machine is like an emulation of an operating system. You can also say that it’s a computer inside a computer. It works exactly like an operating system but in a sandboxed environment that means that it will work as an isolated program so it doesn’t affect or tamper your main operating system but provide end-user the same operating system experience.
A virtual machine is isolated from the main operating system so you can access a virus-infected file, make a backup of your operating system, try beta versions of the operating system and also try new operating systems without actually installing them. You don’t have to do disk partitions to use virtual machines.
Your operating system is known as hosts and virtual machines are known as guests.
You can run many virtual machines at the same time, for example, you can use Windows 10 and Kali Linux simultaneously. A number of Virtual Machines you can install depends on how much storage do you have. The more the storage the more virtual machines you can install on your system.
Every virtual machine has its own virtual hardware like processor, ram, hard drive, network interface, etc which is mapped on your physical machines.
Bear that in mind that virtual machines will consume system resources so it won’t be fast as your host operating system because it will share your host resources to run.
A virtual machine has limited resources so you can’t run demanding games and software in it. A virtual machine is good when you want to use those programs that are not supported in your computer, for example, I use Windows XP virtual machine to play road rash and Prince because my windows 10 does not support it.
There are two software that I recommend for any virtual machine
In this guide, I will use Virtual box because I like it you can use VMware too if you want to.
Step 1:- First go to Virtual Box website and download virtual box windows host.
Step 2:- Double click on virtual box exe file to start the installation.
Step 3:- Click on Next.
Step 4:- Don’t change anything and click on next.
Step 5:- Select every option and click on next.
Step 6:- It will ask to proceed for installation click on yes.
Step 7:- Click on install.
Step 8:- Click on Finish.
In this guide, I will use Ubuntu Linux in a virtual machine but you can use whichever Linux you want.
Go to the Linux site and download it. It will download ubuntu’s iso.
Step 1:- Open Virtualbox.
Step 2:- Click on New and give a relevant name to your virtual machine, select a machine folder and select Linux and which Linux you want to use. Click on next.
Step 3:- Now allocate memory size 1024MB (1GB) is necessary but I recommend use 2048MB (2GB) for a smooth experience. Click on next.
Step 4:- Select Create a virtual hard disk now and click on create
Step 5:- Select VDI(VirtualBox Disk Image) and click on next.
Step 6:- Select Dynamically allocated and click on next.
Step 7:- Now select the size of a hard drive with a slider. The minimum size should be 10GB but if you want to use more software you can increase. In my case, I am using 20GB. Click on Create.
Step 8:- Now everything is done click on start.
Step 9:- Select the Startup disk that you downloaded earlier and click on start.
Step 10:- Click on Install Ubuntu.
Step 11:- Select the keyboard layout and click on continue.
Step 12:- Select your preferred options if you’re not connected to deselect Download updates while installing ubuntu.
Step 13:- Select Erase disk and install ubuntu.
Note:- Don’t worry since this is a virtual machine your data won’t be erased.
Step 14:- A popup will appear to click on continue.
Step 15:- Select your timezone and click on continue.
Step 16:- Fill out the details and click on continue. It will start the installation of Ubuntu.
Step 17:- A pop up will appear “Installation is Complete” click on restart or close the virtual box and open it again.
Now you’ve Ubuntu Linux at your disposal.
In this guide, we learned How to install a Linux virtual machine on Windows. Now you’ve 2 operating systems for your use. With Ubuntu you can play many games like Alien Arena: Warriors of Mars, True Combat: Elite, Fishing Planet, etc.
If you want to install windows 10 here is a guide.
If you’re looking to buy a budget gaming PC you can find the guide here.
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