Using Sun's Virtualization software xVM VirtualBox on MacbookPro for Windows 7 Beta
I got a new Intel-based MacBook Pro the other day and decided to try out Sun's xVM VirtualBox software on Mac OSX to install Windows 7 Beta.
Here are the steps I followed:
- Download the software from http://dlc.sun.com/virtualbox/vboxdownload.html#mac.
- Select the default settings while installing.
- Download the new windows 7 Beta from the Microsoft website: http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windows-7/beta-download.aspx and create a boot DVD disk from the iso image.
- Click on the new icon on the VirtualBox window to create a new VM.
- A Wizard will start that will guide you through the simple setup.
- Select OS Wizard will start. Select Windows 7 and give a name of your choice. E.g. Windows7Beta
- Select RAM for your OS. I gave 1024MB.
- Select HDD.
Here, you will need to create a new HDD partition that will host the new OS that you're installing. Click on the "New" button to launch the wizard.
- Select size of the virtual hard disk that you'd like to allocate for the OS. I gave 30 GB to dynamically growing disk meaning that the disk allocation will start small and grow to a max of 30 GB if needed.
- Click Finish. You will see a new VM for the OS in the main window
- Double click the newly created VM.
- Insert the Boot disk for DVD you created earlier
- The new VM will guide you through the setup using the normal installation wizards.
I found VirtualBox extremely easy and intuitive to use.