How to create a free virtual computer for learning purposes?

This blog will illustrate how to create a free virtual computer using Oracle Virtual Box VM engine with the minimum performance impact to your computer in Windows 10 .

What is a virtual machine?

A virtual machine is basically a virtual computer in a computer.

In computing, a virtual machine (VM) is an emulation of a computer system. Virtual machines are based on computer architectures and provide the functionality of a physical computer. Their implementations may involve specialized hardware, software, or a combination.

How to download Oracle Virtual Box?

In this blog, we are going to demonstrate how to use Oracle Virtual Box. Oracle Virtual Box is one of the most popular virtual machine engine. Others include VMWare etc.

Oracle Virtual Box is available for free from the following website:

https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads

Google Oracle Virtual Box

After Step 23, the new virtual machine has been configured.

Explanation

  1. the steps above purely created a new computer without any operating system.
  2. the reason for copying the virtual media disk to a hard drive other than the kennel ( the “C Drive” in most PC) is to distribute task across different hard drive . Unless you are using SSD, experience advising me that putting the virtual media disk to the same hard drive where the kennel (windows for PC stored) will slow down the performance of the entire computer. However, by placing the virtual media disk file to  separate hard disk also the kennel hard disk to focus on the serving the kennel while the secondary hard disk focus on serving the virtual machine.

How to obtain a free windows or Linux legally?

Windows Evaluation Center: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/evalcenter/

Linux: https://www.linux.org/pages/download/

For other OS, you may have to do some search from Google as this blog will NOT provide any link to any illegal copy of the application.

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