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  1. T. Sha
    March 25, 2015

    Great tutorial, Virtualbox is really easy which is nice. For those seriously interested in virtual machines, Parallels performance is significantly better, as is VMWare. But, both of those are paid applications, making them better for enterprise or work environments. But VirtualBox is free, so it’s a good place to get started and try things out, to see if having a VM makes sense for your environment.

    As for Windows in Boot Camp, well, Apple recently abandoned support for Windows 7 in Boot Camp on 2015+ Macs, this is unfortunate because Windows 7 is the most usable version of modern Windows out there until Windows 10 becomes finalized. Not sure what they expect those people to do for the time being, but Windows 10 final will be out soon enough I suppose.

    • Solo
      March 25, 2015

      You mention you didn’t know what those people are going to do for the time being until windows 10 is finalised.
      Well how is this for a suggestion install the superior Operating System to Windoze
      The Name is LINUX there is stacks of options under LINUX

    • ah yes
      November 11, 2017

      Ah to have Classic AMIGA//no problems the best. Most powerful of all.True Real-Time Multitasking True 64bit, and above all around. Nice programs ,and true UNIX.
      Still cant be beat.

  2. david
    March 25, 2015

    If you test MS Windows 10, you will never want to come back in Yosemite !

    If you hate Yosemite as a ton of ml ppl hate this OS, switch on W10.

    A mac User since 25 years !

    • neeter
      March 25, 2015

      I have found that OS X Yosemite requires hardware from 2014 model year or newer, and it must have a Retina display. If you do not have 8GB of RAM, SSD hard drive, and a Retina display Mac, the OS X Yosemite experience is so poor, slow, and hard on the eyes, it is unusable and should be avoided in favor of OS X Mavericks. Apple needs to fix that, or just not allow older Mac users to upgrade (older being over 1.5 years old, LOL)

      For Windows, Windows 10 is quite good indeed, at least as good as Windows 7. Microsoft is quietly fixing Windows, Apple is loudly breaking OS X. hmm.

      • David
        March 25, 2015

        Agreed your comment’s as well !

        I am ok for staying with Mavericks, is what i already do !

        But like you say, if you haven’t the last MAC’S machine that not worth the “travel” !

        By the way, here 2 points to focus ;

        1/ if i want my sytem up to date, i have to buy “BY FORCE” a new Apple Computer, …i have already 5 Mac’s, Mbp, MbA, Imac, MacPro = but those one’s are not from 2015, why i have to suffer to the Apple pressure, just for upgrade my OS ?

        2/ In the case i do not or i can not upgrade my Machine i will stay with Mavericks, right ?, then once Apple take out the Mavericks suport, what i do ?

        I suffer, the same ex; with my MacPro who stay in LION, because i trust on the Apple Store Agent when i buy my MacPro & make a Configuration to order by adding a Nvidia FX 4500, & this car who cost me a ton, can not be upgradable & the Machine it’Self is also not upgradable to a new OS….& this MacPro run better & faster then all the new IMac & MBP i buy ( Full of Ram & SSD on the MacPro = A Top productive machine ).

        In each side you think or go, Apple Locked your own volonty to stay with machines who satisfies you ! what elso to switch ?

      • DG
        March 26, 2015

        My experience is different.
        I had Yose running on a Mac pro 1,1 and although I think the interface is horrid it ran perfectly.

      • Fred
        March 26, 2015

        I’m going to disagree. I am in the beta program and I’ve got Yosemite running on a 2009 Mac Pro, 2010 Mac Pro with Apple 30″ display and 24″ 1080P display, and a 2011 MacBook Pro 17″. Yosemite performance is fast and the OS is not “hard on the eyes” at all — and I have almost 54 year old eyes and I wear glasses.

        Your observations are not borne out in independent benchmark testing of Mavericks vs. Yosemite. For example, Macworld noted that “In a nutshell: When testing with real-world games, we saw noticeably higher gaming framerates on Yosemite, with the difference varying between 4 and 24 percent.”

      • reality
        March 26, 2015

        MacWorld is the FoxNews of Apple news, biased as it gets and trumpets the party line, never deviating. Have you ever seen an Apple product get a review of less than 4 or 4.5 out of 5 mouses on MacWorld? Nope, never happens. So of course MacWorld is going to say “OS X Yosemite is great!”, remember there used to be a MacWorld Conference that Apple would present at! Talk about conflict of interest! Don’t worry, FoxNews is going to like Jeb Bush too, vote for Jeb says FoxNews, he’s great! Jebby gets 5/5 stars!

        The fact is some hardware can’t run OS X Yosemite well, some can, some can’t. That’s an optimization issue, the software needs improvement.

      • JE
        March 26, 2015

        Meanwhile, over in the real world…

        On my 2013 MBA (8 GB) and my 2008 (!) iMac (4 GB!), Yosemite runs wonderfully. Best OS X version yet.

      • Alex K.
        March 26, 2015

        Good luck running Windows 10 on 4GB of RAM :)

      • Chris
        March 26, 2015

        Interestingly, I have Yosemite running on a 2007 iMac with a massive 3GB of RAM. Runs reasonably – not substantially worse than Snow Leopard. Though a bit grindy when more than one person is logged in :)

      • Drew
        March 26, 2015

        I have none of the features you’ve mentioned and Yosemite runs fine on my Mac. I have a low-spec’d 2011 iMac, and it’s perfectly fine. Not fine enough for everything (e.g. if I even tried the above guide, it’d probably die), but that’s just a sign of the times. That’s not Yosemite’s fault; that’s aging technology.

  3. Hex
    March 25, 2015

    A correction, these are NOT complete builds. Usable, but still not the final, complete version of the software. And these builds will eventually expire when the final Windows 10 is released.

    Another note, the speculation about Windows 10 refers to the upgrade from an existing Windows install (Windows 7/8/8.1). No word as if a full clean non upgrade license will be free.

    • htn
      March 25, 2015

      Yes correct, this is the preview version of Windows 10.

  4. HipposRule
    March 26, 2015

    One to be aware of on the cross platform note is that you run VirtualBox on a PC VT-x must be enabled in BIOS.

  5. Rob
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  6. Spiv
    March 26, 2015

    I have Windows XP as the guest(per VirtualBox) on my Mac OS 10.9.5. Can I replace XP with Windows 10 following the format described above?

    • bon
      March 27, 2015

      Just create a new VM for Windows 10, no need to replace Windows XP. Keep those two VM’s separate. Besides, your XP is probably final, whereas Windows 10 is still Preview.

      • Spiv
        March 27, 2015

        Thanks bon – I’ll do what you have suggested!

      • Paul
        March 27, 2015

        bon gives good advice, you should definitely just keep the virtual machines separate to preserve both environments.

  7. Mr. P
    March 26, 2015

    I have Yosemite running on a 1987 Packard-Bell with a monochrome CRT and a dot-matrix printer.

    • Schim
      April 1, 2015


    • Mr. Q
      May 28, 2015

      I have Yosemite running on a TI classroom set solar calculator from 1983 and it runs incredibly.

  8. CraigOH
    March 26, 2015

    Has anyone actually tried and gotten the Windows 10 downloads to actually install and work as noted above in the instructions? I’ve download both of the following versions and neither will work in VirtualBox.

    I’ve downloaded and saved both to my desktop and chosen the options cited above, but no luck.

    Both the US English Windows 10 Technical Preview (x64) – Build 10041 and Windows 10 Technical Preview (x86) – Build 10041 versions fail to install as a new Virtual Box instance.

    Error message follows:
    The medium ‘/Users/Craig/Desktop/Windows10_TechnicalPreview_x64_EN-US_10041.iso’ can’t be used as the requested device type.

    Failed to open the hard disk file /Users/Craig/Desktop/Windows10_TechnicalPreview_x64_EN-US_10041.iso.

    The medium ‘/Users/Craig/Desktop/Windows10_TechnicalPreview_x64_EN-US_10041.iso’ can’t be used as the requested device type.

    Result Code: NS_ERROR_FAILURE (0x80004005)
    Component: Medium
    Interface: IMedium {05f2bbb6-a3a6-4fb9-9b49-6d0dda7142ac}
    Callee: IVirtualBox {fafa4e17-1ee2-4905-a10e-fe7c18bf5554}
    Callee RC: VBOX_E_OBJECT_NOT_FOUND (0x80BB0001)

    • CraigOH
      March 26, 2015

      Please delete my post. It is now working…

      • paul
        March 27, 2015

        Glad you got your Windows 10 VM working, what did you have to change to resolve the errors you were getting?

  9. Me
    March 27, 2015

    OR.you could download the pre built virtual machines that Microsoft provide.

  10. Tim
    March 27, 2015

    Surprisingly easy to install, and seems to work fine on my 2011 MacbookAir, no heating issues which can be a problem when I use Windows 7 in Parallels or BootCamp.
    The only problem I found was that the Mac keyboard isn’t the same as a Windows one, and finding the @ symbol to sign in took some time, solved by using the virtual keyboard in Windows.

  11. bikermikem
    March 29, 2015

    Hasn’t worked for me. After the initial set up, it reboots but just sits in the blue screen with the white dots going in a circle.

    • pablo
      March 29, 2015

      It can take a while to boot Windows 10 depending on the speed of the Mac, what you’re seeing is the Windows 10 bootup sequence though.

  12. Fischhand
    March 29, 2015

    I have finished the installation and windows starts up. I am not able to get it networked/online. Any instructions / help on this?

    • Tim
      March 30, 2015

      In Virtual box settings under “network” try other options from the dropdown menu, I’m using “bridged adapter”
      It’s covered in the help pdf file.

  13. Valentijn van Duijvendijk
    April 11, 2015

    Installing Windows 10 now. Only see a black screen “getting ready” for hours…

    Any tips how the install Windows 10?

    • Joaquin
      April 11, 2015

      Yes here is how to install Windows 10 in VirtualBox, detailed tips and instructions: http://www.astutemediavision.com/?url=2015/03/25/install-run-windows-10-mac-virtualbox-os-x/

      It’s a virtual machine so it will take many hours perhaps depending on the speed of your computer. Faster Mac will install faster.

      • Valentijn van Duijvendijk
        April 12, 2015

        I have a mac book pro retina, 2.7 GHz i7, 16 GB. I left the process run during the night, but am still waiting.

        Is there still a chance the install would get ready?

      • Valentijn van Duijvendijk
        April 13, 2015

        It worked! Install took about two nights. thanks for your help!

  14. Henk
    June 4, 2015

    hi, mine gets stuck ‘just a moment …’ after i enter my MS credentials

    • pablo
      June 4, 2015

      it takes a while to complete, the virtual machine is slower than native hardware. Eventually, Windows 10 will boot.

  15. Lola
    June 7, 2015

    There is no option for Windows 10 on my virtual box. I think theres something wrong with my virtual box, because none of my virtual machines work. As soon as i press start, virtual box crashes and my mac shuts down. Anyone know what the problem might be?

  16. Jake
    June 15, 2015

    Great tutorial, thanks. I would like the virtual box/Windows to be larger, fill the screen, but it is stuck at that size as in your screenshots. How can I get it to match my screen size 1920×1080. When I select “Switch to Scaled Mode” it does resize, however it does not retain proper ratio and the screen image is stretched.

    • Crick
      May 4, 2016

      Jake, did you figure this out? Please share the answer if you did!

      • Crick
        May 4, 2016

        Setting OSX resolution lowest worked for me. (display>resolution>scaled>larger text)

  17. Lee L
    July 1, 2015

    I installed Win 10 in the virtual box as instructed and it runs really slow.
    I have a Win XP running in Parallels 8 and it is seamless with the Mac and fast, Can Win 10 be installed in a Parallel 8 virtual machine??

    • RR
      August 25, 2015

      I called parallels. I have version 9 and they said its NOT compatible with windows 10. I installed it successfully, but the icons are very large and out of proportion.

  18. Rob.go.rob
    July 11, 2015

    I’ve tried to instal with virtual box 5
    I’ve downloaded the x86 version directly from Microsoft and configured the windows 32 on the VM. I think till there is ok.

    The I’ve got the initial screen to chose my language.

    Now it ask for a product key to activate windows.
    What I do? skip? But if we skip we get the preview version only. Is it ok?

    Thank you

    • Rob.go.rob
      July 11, 2015

      Oh, just found it at Microsoft website… sorry!

      • Jon
        October 14, 2015

        I’m having the same problem with not having a product key. Where you able to figure out a solution to this?

  19. Sofia
    August 10, 2015

    Hi. Where to get some activation key for the windows?

    • Windows
      August 10, 2015

      The Windows 10 activation key is available when you download the ISO from Microsoft, it’s on the page.

      • User10
        September 28, 2017

        There is no activation code available? Could you be more specific please?

  20. Kees Koek
    September 30, 2015

    I need Open GL 3.0 or higher for the app I want to run on Windows, but with Windows 10 on Vitual Machine I only have Open GL 1.1.
    Any suggestions?

  21. John Hightower
    January 22, 2016

    I cannot get Virtualbox to open in El Capitan. Is there a compatibility problem?

    • el Craepatan
      January 22, 2016

      Get the newest version of VirtualBox from the website, then Right-click (or control+click) on Virtualbox and choose Open

      Works fine in El Capitan all versions, 10.11.3, 10.12, etc

      • John Hightower
        February 16, 2016

        Doesn’t work for me.

  22. Anna
    February 24, 2016

    When it asks ‘Please select a virtual optical disk file’ and I click on the file to select the downloaded file but if gives this message.

    Failed to open the disk image file /Users/Anna/Desktop/Win10_1511_EnglishInternational_x64.iso.

    Could not get the storage format of the medium ‘/Users/Anna/Desktop/Win10_1511_EnglishInternational_x64.iso’ (VERR_NOT_SUPPORTED).

    What am I doing wrong or is something missing?

    • Trumplestiltskin
      February 24, 2016

      The error says “Version not supported” which suggests you need either a newer version of VirtualBox or a different version of the Windows 10 ISO file.

      • Marceline
        September 17, 2017

        When it asks ‘Please select a virtual optical disk file’ it says empty in my file place and when I look for other folders (or other stuff like that) I can’t find anything that could be used as a virtual optical disk file.

  23. Mukhtar
    March 23, 2016

    You Did not tell the Editing steps. How can we edit? If you want to directly create a virtual machine and click on start it won’t work. It needs some configurations. Am I right?

  24. Brianne
    March 29, 2016

    Hello! This information was extremely helpful, I want to do this but instead put a Mac on a Windows 10 CP. If you could forward me the info if you already have it or something to that extent I would appreciate it.

  25. Gabriel Yuvone
    May 1, 2016

    Hi, i install win 10 64 bits, but work in 32… why? i need 64. thanx

  26. A
    November 17, 2016

    When it asks which type of installation do you want?

    which do i choose? Upgrade or Custom?

  27. Manny
    January 12, 2017

    Im up to the part where it asks me to “Create an account for this PC” and I am unable to to type or move the mouse curser within the program. I am using a Macbook pro 10.11.3 if that information is useful at all. A solution to this problem would be much appreciated! Thank you for your time.

  28. RAy
    January 20, 2017

    I dont understand. I cannot find the activation key. Can someone help?

  29. Andrew
    January 27, 2017

    I’ve successfully installed Windows 10 Pro on my MacBook Pro running Sierra and using the latest VirtualBox. However I cannot get my external USB connected Apple Super Drive to be recognised or show CD’s on Windows 10. Is there any way to fix this as its the only reason I’ve had to install this set up – to open and view Windows formatted CDs. Really appreciate the help.

  30. Bud Vitoff
    December 22, 2017

    Running under High Sierra.

    This is my first attempt to use VirtualBox. The install was bumpy, in that it didn’t follow the how-to documentation exactly, but I did manage to download the ISO to my desktop. I finally got the idea to power it on, and although I didn’t realize it at the time, I actually saw my Win10 screen. My joy was short-lived, however, because I got a message: “Fatal – No bootable medium found! System halted.”

    I’d appreciate some help on this.

  31. Tyler
    February 6, 2018

    This is the only blog I’ve found with a quick click to the ISO information, everyone else brushes over it or doesn’t explain it what-so-ever. Kudos! Thank you for filling the void!

    You rock mate.

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