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How To install Linux Mint in VirtualBox on a Windows Host

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#1 O.T.T.


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Posted 24 June 2015 - 06:12 AM

How To install Linux Mint in VirtualBox on a Windows Host


Guide Overview

The purpose of this guide is to teach you how to install Linux Mint in VirtualBox on a Windows host.

You want to try Linux but don’t want the risk of messing up your main system? This tutorial shows you how to do that!




Although I think there’s no risk in following this tutorial I advise you to take the necessary steps to back up your system/data before you proceed!


Tools Needed


§  Windows OS

I use Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 x64 but XP and later will do.

§  VirtualBox + Extension Pack

You can download both for free : Click !

§  Linux ISO

I’m using Linux Mint 17.1 (x64) Cinnamon but you can use any distro you like, just make sure you don’t pick a 64bits (x64) version if your main system is 32bits (x86). The opposite will work and can be used when you’re low on RAM.

Make your choice and download for free : Click !




Please watch in 720 or 1080p


If you’re accustomed with VirtualBox and Linux, below instructions will suffice otherwise watch the video for more details!


·  Download the tools you need (see Tools Needed).

·  Install VirtualBox and the Extension Pack on your main system.

·  Restart your machine !

·  Open VirtualBox and create a new Virtual Machine (VM).

·  Make sure to watch the video to get the settings right !

·  After starting your newly created VM you are now in the Live Version of Linux Mint !

·  Install Linux Mint in VirtualBox by following the steps in the video.

·  Install the Guest Additions by following the steps in the video.

·  Restart your Linux VM and now you can start playing with Linux !

·  Enjoy !




Source (rewrite for BC) : How To install Linux Mint in VirtualBox

I was advised to put this tutorial in this section by a BC Advisor as it’s a little difficult to place (Windows and Linux).

Please keep the comments on topic, if you have general questions about VirtualBox or Linux open a new topic.




Edited by O.T.T., 24 June 2015 - 07:28 AM.

Please ask Google why some of my links don't work anymore !

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Posted 13 August 2015 - 05:45 PM

I can not make it through windows to  LIVE USB of linux mint mate 17.2?



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Posted 14 August 2015 - 06:22 PM

If I understand you correct, you can not get to Linux if you start the virtual machine you made?


First you have to make an empty "New Machine" in VirtualBox and then mount the Linux .ISO in the virtual CD/DVD drive of your newly created machine. Only then you can start your virtual machine for the first time!


Please follow every step in the video, the "System" and "Storage" settings in VirtualBox are important.

Linux should startup in "live" mode after that so you can begin the "real" install.


If above doesn't help...

What do you see when you start the created machine, just a black window or a question from VirtualBox about no (startup)medium or operating system?



Please ask Google why some of my links don't work anymore !

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Posted 06 January 2016 - 06:59 PM

YouTube says the video doesn't exist anymore.  Do you have it hosted elsewhere?

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Posted 07 January 2016 - 07:55 AM

Hi dan400man and welcome to Bleeping Computer.

Unfortunately OTT deleted his video and hasn't been active on the forum since September. Here's another video:

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