This post shows students and new users steps to install Windows 11 on a VirtualBox guest machine. These steps below will address many issues that users are experiencing about not being able to install Windows 11 as a VirtualBox virtual machine.
VirtualBox is an open source, cross-platform virtualization software that allows users to run multiple guest machines (virtual machines) simultaneously on a single host computer.
The latest version of VirtualBox has template for Windows 11. However, when one creates a Windows 11 VM and attempt to install Windows 11, they will get an error that the machine does not meet Windows 11 basic requirements.
To be able to install Windows 11 on VirtualBox, you’ll need to include some registry flags to not check for TPM, RAM and Secure boot requirements, and we will show you how to do that when we’re installing Windows 11.
How to install Windows 11 VM on VirtualBox
As mentioned above, users can create a VM on VirtualBox and install Windows 11 using non-standard installation workarounds. Below we will show you how to do that when using VirtualBox.
To install Windows 11 on VirtualBox, the first step is to properly configure the virtual machine to meet Microsoft requirements for running Windows 11.
Before we begin, make sure that you have VirtualBox installed. If you haven’t already done so, read the post below:
Next, you’ll need to create a Windows 11 virtual machine (VM). To lean how to do that, read the post below:
Once you’ve done the steps above, go to these settings and validate that they meet Windows 11 requirements.
Open VirtualBox and go to Settings > System. Under the Motherboard tab, make sure 4096 MB or 4 GB RAM is set up.
On the same windows, under the Processor tab, make sure 2 is selected.
Next, select the Storage window and configure that the minimum 64 GB were created.
On the Display window, confirm that Video Memory is 256MB and Graphics Controller is VBoxSVGA and enable 3D Acceleration.
When everything is validated, you can continue installing Windows 11 on the virtual machine.
How to set up Windows 11
Now that the VM is validated to meet Windows requirements, select the Windows 11 ISO file or insert a disc containing Windows 11.
From the VirtualBox menu, go to Settings > Storage and select the Empty device. Then use the browse button to to browse for the ISO file or DVD disc with Windows 11.
Once mounted, you should see the Windows 11 ISO attached to the CD/DVD device. Click the OK button to return to the VM center.
Next, click the Start button to start the Windows 11 VM.
Once the machine is started, you’ll be prompted to type any key on your keyboard to boot Windows 11.
Next, click the Install now screen, press SHIFT + F10 keys on your keyboard at the same time to launch a command prompt.
At this command prompt, type regedit and press enter to launch the Windows Registry Editor.
There, right-click on the Setup key and select New => Key. Then type in the new key value LabConfig and press Enter.
After the LabConfig key is created, right-click on the LabConfig key and select New => DWORD (32-bit). Name the BypassTPMCheck and its data to 1.
Follow the same steps above for BypassTPMCheck and create and DWORD (32-bit) value name BypassRAMCheck and set its data to 1. Create another DWORD (32-bit) value name BypassSecureBootCheck and also set its data to 1.
With those three values created under LabConfig, close the regedit windows and exit the Command Prompt to return to the setup windows.
Click Install now button to start the installation.
Windows will now continue and prompt for a product key to activate Windows. If you have it, type it in the field or click the link that you don’t have a product key to continue with the installation.
Next, select the version of Windows 11 you wish to install and click Next.
After that, accept the end user license agreement and continue.
Next, select which types of installation you want. You can upgrade previous Windows version or install a new copy. For this tutorial, we’re installing a new Windows 11.
Next, select the Unallocated space and click Next.
Then choose the country or region you are currently located.
Next, choose the keyboard layout or input method for the location you selected.
Next, type in the name for your computer and click Next.
After that, choose where and how you’re going to be using the Windows device; for persona use or set up for work or school.
Next, choose Offline account if you want to set up a local account on the computer without a Microsoft online account.
Next, type and confirm your password, including security questions.
When you’re all done, Windows will reboot couple of times, and complete the setup. You should be able to login with the password created above.
That should do it!
This post showed you how to set up Windows 11 on a VirtualBox guest machine. If you find any error above or have something to add, please use the comment form below.