I’ve been using Ubuntu for about 8 months now and each time I need to use it, I have to reboot my laptop and then initiate it into Ubuntu rather than Windows. This can be cumbersome when I’ve already got Windows running and an important process going on within it.
A solution to this is to run Ubuntu within Windows, inside of VirtualBox.
Step 1: To get started, you should download VirtualBox from over here. People with slow internet connections should know that the setup file of VirtualBox is greater than 100 MB.
Step 2: After installation, open VirtualBox and click on the blue New button in the top left.
Step 3: In the options that appear, name the operating system, its type, and its version. The options in the following screenshot would do.
Step 4: The next step is to allocate memory to the operating system.
Step 5: After the memory allocation, you will need to set up a virtual hard drive for your operating system’s storage.
Select the “VDI” option for the virtual drive type.
Make sure that you set the drive as a Fixed Size one rather than a Dynamically Allocated one.
The next step will involve specifying the exact size of your virtual hard drive.
When you click on “Create”, the virtual hard drive will be created and the process’s progress will be displayed.
Step 6: With all that done, you will have what is necessary to mount Ubuntu’s installation setup onto VirtualBox. Select your virtual OS from VirtualBox and then click on the Settings button.
Under storage, click on the CD icon labeled Empty. Then click on the CD icon in the right pane.
Select the ISO image file of Ubuntu that you have downloaded off the internet. If you have not done so already, go to Ubuntu’s official website to do it.
Step 7: Then click on the Start button in the main window of VirtualBox. In moments, Ubuntu’s Live CD will be mounted onto the virtual drive and you can go ahead and install Ubuntu like you would on any computer.
Step 8: After Ubuntu is installed, you can go back to VirtualBox’s main window and click Start again. But this time, ensure beforehand that the CD option is not selected in Storage Settings. Ubuntu will load up and you will be able to use it from within Windows.
One things you should keep in mind: such a setup will definitely slow down your computer. To get good performance, it is best to have large hard drive, a fast processor, and a lot of RAM.