On 24th June, Microsoft announced Windows 11. However, if you want to install and test the new Windows 10 OS then it’s better to install it on a virtual machine like Oracle VirtualBox. So, in this guide, we’ll show you how to install Windows 11 on VirtualBox in Windows 10.
Windows 11 Overview
Microsoft has released Windows 11, which includes a major overhaul and a slew of new features. With a new Start menu and rounded corners, Windows 11 has a fresh new look, but it also brings a slew of productivity enhancements, including Snap Layouts, which allow you to run multiple apps at once.
New widgets for keeping up with the latest news, Microsoft Teams integration, and a new Windows Store are all included in Windows 11. Furthermore, Android apps may be run on Windows 11.
Gamers will love the addition of Auto HDR for better graphics, as well as quicker performance for PCs that support Direct Storage. Users will appreciate being able to unlock and dock without losing their location.
Features to Be Excited For!
1: Android apps on Windows
Microsoft is bringing Android apps to Windows for the first time. People will notice Android applications in the Microsoft Store later this year and will be able to get them through the Amazon Appstore. In addition, the firm has revealed that Adobe Creative Cloud, Disney+, TikTok, Zoom, and several of its native programs such as Microsoft Teams, Visual Studio, and even Notepad and Paint would be added to the Microsoft Store on Windows 11.
2: Significant Modifications for Gamers
For PC gamers, the new Windows 11 operating system will bring a number of important improvements. It has DirectX 12 Ultimate compatibility, which is touted to provide immersive visuals at high frame rates. There is now Auto HDR support, which Microsoft claims will provide a larger, more vibrant range of colors for a better visual experience. DirectStorage is also included, which will result in quicker load times because the game’s assets will be loaded directly to the graphics card rather than the CPU.
3: Improved Multitasking Capabilities
Windows 11 also has new Snap Layouts, Snap Groups, and Desktops to improve multitasking. “These are new capabilities meant to help you organize your windows and optimize your screen real estate so you can view what you need exactly the way you want in a visually clean layout,” Microsoft wrote in a blog post. Users will also be able to create different Desktops and personalize them. You can, for example, have a Desktop for business, gaming, or education.
Windows 11 has new widgets that may be moved across your desktop to display news, weather, a calendar, a to-do list, and your most recent photographs. If you want to see everything at once, you may see the widgets in full-screen mode. Users can add or delete widgets at any moment.
“We often check our phones for news, weather, or alerts. You may now open a similarly tailored view from your desktop. When you open your personalized feed, it slides over your screen like a sheet of glass, so it doesn’t interfere with what you’re doing, according to the firm.
5. A New Appearance
Windows 11 has a new and improved appearance. After updating to the new Windows OS, users will see the Start menu in the center and menus with rounded corners. All of the default icons, such as Edge and File Explorer, will be moved to the center. You do have the option to reposition these applications and return the Start button to its rightful location.
Instead of the Live Tiles that you may have seen in Windows 10, the new Start menu now includes some suggested programs at the bottom. Microsoft has also included a dedicated search button, allowing users to look for their favorite programs and preset features.
Here are the system requirements for Windows 11 according to Microsoft:
- 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
Installing Windows 11 on VirtualBox in Windows 10
To install Windows 11 on VirtualBox, you’ll need the below-mentioned files:
- Oracle VirtualBox and Extension Pack
- Windows 11 ISO Image File
Here are the steps to install Windows 11 on VirtualBox:
Step 1. Install VirtualBox on Windows 10
Oracle Corporation created Oracle VM VirtualBox is a free and open-source virtualization framework. You may mount the VirtualBox on Windows, macOS, Linux, Solaris, and OpenSolaris. This enables users to create virtual computers that can run different operating systems. “It enables guest construction and management of Windows and Linux virtual machines, as well as restricted virtualization of macOS guests on Apple hardware.”
- Navigate the folder where you have downloaded your VirtualBox and double-click on the downloaded “VirtualBox” file to install it.
- Oracle VM VirtualBox Setup” window will appear on the screen and click on the “Next” button to continue.
- Choose the location where you want to install the VirtualBox and click on the “Next” button to continue.
- Click Next.
- Click Yes and then click the Install button to start the installation process.
Step 2. Create Windows 11 Virtual Machine
- Open VirtualBox and click New.
- Type the virtual name, Select Microsoft Windows as the Type, and then select the Version as Windows 10 (64-bit). Click Next.
- Allocate the RAM size and click Next.
- Select Create a virtual hard disk now and click Create.
- Select the VHD (Virtual Hard Disk) and click on the Next.
- Select the Dynamically allocated and click on the Next.
- Allocate the disk size and click Create.
Step 3. Customize Windows 11 VM
- Click the Settings to edit Windows 11 virtual machine.
- Go to System > Motherboard and uncheck the Floppy.
- 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.
- Select the Windows 11 ISO and click Open.
- Click Choose and OK.
Step 4. Start Virtual Machine to Install Windows 11
- Click Start.
- Select the 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, allocate disk size and click Apply. Click OK.
- Click Next.
- Now, for wait the installation process to be completed.
Step 5. Complete Basic Windows 11 Settings
- Select your region and click Yes.
- Select the Keyboard layout and click Yes.
- If you want another layout, click Add layout otherwise Skip it.
- Select Set up for personal use and click Next.
- Add your Microsoft account 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. It’s better to install any new operating system on a virtual machine than install it on your PC and laptop.