How to Install Windows XP in Oracle VM VirtualBox

This article shows you the steps to set up Windows XP on a new virtual machine created using the Oracle VM VirtualBox virtualization program.

Using the VirtualBox software, you can easily install and use one of the Windows or Linux-based operating systems on your host computer. You can also install the Guest Additions software to the Windows XP system that you have installed on your virtual computer, and you can use host devices such as webcam and USB in the VM.

After installing the Guest Additions software, you can easily exchange files between the physical computer and the virtual PC and use the screen resolution in full-screen mode or autoscaled mode.

After installing and running the Oracle VM on your computer, you can start the VM creation wizard by clicking Machine / New from the program’s tool menu. Then follow this video or the following steps in order to install Windows XP on it to create a new VM.

Step 1: First of all, download the ISO file of the Windows XP operating system from this link or from a source on the Internet to your computer.

Step 2: Open the virtual PC program and click the New button on the menu or shortcut tools to start the VM creation wizard.

Step 3: In the Name and Operating System window, type WindowsXP in the Name field and select the value in the Version section according to the platform of the system you are going to install. If you want to store the VM in a different location, configure the location on an external disk in Machine Folder.

Step 4: In the Memory Size window, set a suitable RAM value for the Windows XP virtual machine according to the RAM capacity of your physical computer. Do not forget to choose 4 GB or higher as the minimum RAM value.

Step 5: In the Hard Disk window, you need to create a new virtual disk for the Windows XP VM. Since the Create a virtual hard disk option is enabled by default, click Next directly at this step, or if you have a VM you have already installed, you can add the virtual disk file with the Add an existing virtual HDD option.

Step 6: In the Hard Disk File Type window, select the VDI (VirtualBox Disk Image) option, which is enabled by default. VHD, one of the other types of virtual disks, is a virtual disk file used by Microsoft. VMDK is the type of virtual disk used by other virtualization software such as VMware Workstation / Player. When using Oracle VirtualBox software, it would be more appropriate to use the VDI disk file for a more suitable VM.

Step 7: In the File Location and Size window, you can change where the virtual HDD will be stored. If you want to store the location of the virtual disk in a different location than the installation location, you can click the folder icon and select a location you want on the host. Also, suitable disk space will be automatically selected for the Windows XP virtual machine. If you want to increase the disk capacity, you can type the disk size in the corresponding text box.

Step 8: After creating the Windows XP virtual computer, click Settings to add the ISO file to the VM and make some other important settings.

Step 9: For text or file copying operations, configure the Shared Clipboard and Drag and Drop options as Bidirectional to enable file sharing in the General / Advanced section of the virtual machine’s settings.

Step 10: In the System / Motherboard settings, select the Optical drive for the boot sequence and disable the Floppy device.

Step 11: Click System / Processor to configure the virtual processor setting of the VM, and configure this value as 4 or higher.

Step 12: For the better rendering of 3D graphics in Display / Screen settings, enable the Acceleration option and configure the Video Memory value as 128 MB.

Step 13: Check that the I/O Cache feature of the IDE controller is enabled in the storage settings. Set the WindowsXP.vdi virtual disk file as SSD (Solid-State Drive) and finally click on Empty to add the Windows ISO file to the VM, then click the DVD icon and add the image file.

Step 14: After preparing the Windows XP VM, click the Start button and start the installation.

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