This article shows you how to set up Linux Mint 21 Vanessa distribution on a new virtual machine using the Oracle VM VirtualBox 6.1.36 virtualization program on a Windows 10 PC.
You can try using Oracle VM VirtualBox on your computer by installing all Linux distributions individually. All the operations you will do on virtual computers that you run in the operating system of your physical computer will not harm your existing system.
Therefore, you can easily install operating systems such as Linux Mint or Ubuntu on your existing host operating system and improve yourself by doing various tests on the plans.
Follow this video tutorial or the steps below to install and configure Linux Mint 21 on a VirtualBox virtual machine.
Step 1: First, install the latest version of Oracle VM VirtualBox software on your Windows computer by visiting the link below.
Step 2: After installing VirtualBox, run it and open the virtual machine wizard by clicking the New icon on its homepage.
Step 3: After opening the Create Virtual Machine wizard, type the name of the operating system you will install in the Name field. Also, verify your system’s platform from the Type and Version section.
Step 4: Configure a minimum RAM size of 4 GB for your Linux Mint virtual computer.
Step 5: Create a new virtual hard disk in the Hard Disk configuration.
Step 6: Select the default VDI (VirtualBox Disk Image) as the HDD file type.
Step 7: Back up your virtual HDD using a dynamically expanding disk structure on your physical computer.
Step 8: Configure the virtual disk size for the Linux Mint virtual machine and leave its location at default.
Step 9: After creating your Linux virtual computer, open its settings.
Step 10: Enable Shared Clipboard and Drag and Drop features from the General / Advanced settings of the virtual machine.
Step 11: Remove the floppy from the devices in the boot order from the system settings and configure the optical drive as the primary device.
Step 12: Open the virtual processor settings and configure an appropriate number of virtual processors according to the power of your host.
Step 13: Change the video memory to 128 MB after enabling 3D acceleration in the display settings.
Step 14: View storage devices and delete the IDE controller. Then, select the SATA controller and enable the Host I/O Cache feature.
Step 15: Configure the VDI virtual disk file as Solid-State Drive.
Step 16: Add a new optical drive and the Linux Mint ISO file to the virtual machine with the SATA Controller selected.
Step 17: To use USB 3. x devices on your Linux virtual computer, click on the USB hardware and tick USB 3.0 (xHCI).
Step 18: After configuring the Linux Mint virtual machine, run it.
Step 19: After running the Linux Mint system, you can start the installation wizard and install your design by clicking Install Linux Mint on the desktop location.