Caleb Madrigal

Programming, Hacking, Math, and Art


Running Ubuntu on VirtualBox in Windows

I'm mostly a Mac user and I also really like Linux (especially Ubuntu), but I hate Windows. However, I'm occasionally required to use Windows at work, so I've found a way to make using Windows more enjoyable: to use Ubuntu (installed on VirtualBox inside of Windows) instead of Windows for everything except for the few tasks which require Windows.

So I have made this little How to Install Ubuntu on VirtualBox in Windows setup guide:


  • Install VirtualBox
  • Download Ubuntu 12.04 ISO file
  • Create and configure a Virtual Machine
  • Tweak Virtual Machine hardware settings
  • Install Ubuntu in the Virtual Machine
  • Make Ubuntu nicer to use in VirtualBox
  • Using your new Virtual Ubuntu system

Install VirtualBox

  • Download installer from: ...