Software & Apps Linux 136 136 people found this article helpful How to Install Ubuntu Linux on Windows 10 Install Ubuntu in VirtualBox as a virtual machine for Windows 10 By Gary Newell Writer Gary Newell was a freelance contributor, application developer, and software tester with 20+ years in IT, working on Linux, UNIX, and Windows. our editorial process Gary Newell Updated March 11, 2020 Linux Switching from Windows Tweet Share Email While it's possible to dual boot Ubuntu and Windows on the same PC, you may prefer to install Linux as a virtual machine so that you don't have to worry about partitioning your hard drive. Here's how to install Ubuntu in VirtualBox on Windows 10. Instructions in this article apply to installing Ubuntu 18.04 on Windows 10, Windows 8, and Windows 7. How to Install Ubuntu on Windows 10 With VirtualBox To install Ubuntu as a virtual machine on Windows 10: Download VirtualBox for Windows and install it on your computer. Download Ubuntu for Windows. The current version of Ubuntu only works on 64-bit machines. Check the Windows Control Panel to tell if you're running a 32-bit or 64-bit system. Open VirtualBox and select New in the top taskbar. Give your virtual machine a name, choose Linux as the type, choose Ubuntu (64-bit) as the version, then select Next. If you're using a 32-bit version of Windows, you can install an older 32-bit version of Ubuntu instead. Choose how much RAM you want to assign to the virtual machine and select Next. The recommended minimum is 1 GB. The amount of memory you set aside is only used while the virtual machine is running. Choose Create a virtual hard disk now and select Create. Choose VDI and select Next. Choose Dynamically allocated or Fixed size and select Next. Fixed size is the better option since PCs generally have more disk space than memory and processing power. Choose how much space you wish to set aside for your virtual hard drive and select Create. The amount of space you allocate for Ubuntu determines how much room you have to install applications, so the more you can spare the better. Select Start in the VirtualBox taskbar. This is the point where you need to choose the Ubuntu ISO file you downloaded earlier. Select the folder next to the Empty field. Select Add. Choose your Ubuntu disk image and select Open. Select Choose. Select Start. Wait for Ubuntu to load in the VM window, then select Install Ubuntu. Choose your keyboard layout and select Continue. Choose Normal installation or Minimal installation, then select Continue. Check the boxes under Other Options to download updates and install third party software for Ubuntu. Choose Erase disk and install Ubuntu and select Install Now, then select Continue to ignore the warning. This step will not erase your computer's physical hard drive; it only applies to the virtual machine. Choose your time zone on the map, then select Continue. Set up your user account and select Continue. You can choose to encrypt your home folder for extra security. Select Restart Now. The Ubuntu desktop should boot in the virtual machine window. To enable full-screen mode, select the VBox_GAs icon to install VirtualBox Guest Additions. Select the suitcase icon to open the Ubuntu Software app, which lets you install additional applications on your virtual machine.