Make Windows 10 Install Work on VM: Basic Tips to Follow

By: Radu Tyrsina
2 minute read

I shared with you recently an article which was discussing problems that Windows 10 users encountered when trying to installed the latest build on Virtual Box. Today we have gathered some basic tips that could help you solve this problem.
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You are probably looking to install Windows 10 on a virtual machine so that you could have a look at the latest operating system without affecting your main machine. You are definitely not the single one trying to do this, but, of course, there are various issues along the way, as this user reports:

So I’d been using a prior build in a VM just fine, just trying to install 9926 from scratch in a VM it gets to the ‘getting ready’ stage and just sits there forever. It doesn’t freeze (as the circle of dots goes around and around) but it never finishes. Anyone else had a problem like this?

Here are some basic tips that you could try and make it work. If you have knowledge of others, do leave your comment below and let us know:

  • Use the “Windows 8.1” selection for the version of windows that you are installing. (General Section of V-Box), check “Enable I/O APIC” (System Section, Motherboard)
  • If enabling PAE/NX doesn’t seem to make any difference (System Section, Processor), then enable VT-x/AMD-V and Enable Nested Paging (System Section, Acceleration)
  • Enable 3D Acceleration (Display Section, Video) – the V-Box extensions won’t install unless you do this. (You need the V-Box extensions both to increase screen resolution and to access a network.)
  • Do not enable 2D Video acceleration
  • If V-Box does not work at all, then you might need to enable virtualisation in the BIOS.

The solutions are mainly availably for Virtual Box, but they work for Hyper-V, as well. What has been your experience so far? Have you been able to install Windows 10 on a virtual machine without problems?

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