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How to Install Linux Mint in VirtualBox

Updated on August 10, 2012

How to Install LinuxMint in VirtualBox

One of the best way to test new operating system is through virtual machines. One of the advantage of this approach is that we can test the new operating system OS without committing to use it as the default OS. This method is called sandboxing. There are quite few virtual machines out in the market today. The virtual machine that we are going to use is the virtualbox. Installing virtualbox in windows OS host is quite straight forward. You can find more instructions on how to install virtualbox in windows OS here.

LinuxMint is an desktop operating system. It is one of the derivatives of ubuntu. Its kernel is based linux. Whats best about linuxmint is free and its is not prone to malwares and computer viruses. Below are the things we need to test the linuxmint OS in virtualbox environment.

  1. LinuxMint ISO. You can download the latest from its website or mirror pages that host linuxmint.
  2. Latest VirtualBox
  3. Host OS. In my case I'm using Windows 7 professional edition.
  4. Atleast 20 GB free hard disk space
  5. 4GB memory

Follow steps provided below to add linuxmint in virtualbox.

Install LinuxMint 11 in Windows OS Host

VirtualBox Manager
VirtualBox Manager
Create New VM
Create New VM
VM Name and OS Type
VM Name and OS Type
Assign Memory
Assign Memory
Virtual Hard Disk
Virtual Hard Disk
Virtual Disk Image
Virtual Disk Image
Virtual Disk Storage Details
Virtual Disk Storage Details
Virtual Disk File Location and Size
Virtual Disk File Location and Size
Newly Created VM
Newly Created VM

Linux Mint 11 On Windows OS

Linux Mint 11 on Windows 7 Host
Linux Mint 11 on Windows 7 Host


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      Benz B 

      6 years ago

      Awesome Linux hub Ghayzle. I learned a lot,didn't know you could do this. Thanks.


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