How Too Install software to a VM?

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I have installed a VM, but how do I download/install the programs to run on your chosen virtual machine:

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It would help if we knew what vm you are using
Hyper V, VirtualBox etc
 
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Ok what do you want to run Linux Mac or windows etc also
what flavour e.g Ubuntu, Lion, Win 7 etc
 
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@Lockeyp

There are two types of os at least.
Host OS (PC /Laptop /Mac's Main OS)
Guest OS (The desired OS which could be almost anything inside the VirtualBox).

WHat PeterOz was asking you what kinda guest OS are you looking into to install inside Virtualbox?

Usually, you can use the internet inside guest OS and download applications.

Another approach could be to download desired programs in your host (not guest) OS, and click and copy or drag it into your guest OS desktop. Sometimes this may fail if the guest os has not had properly graphics drivers installed. Do a little testing. If it works well and is good, if it does not, you are welcome to come back here.

Also, please consider the user manual of Virtualbox many things may be described there already.
https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Technical_documentation
And remember to install Operating SYstem inside guest OS of Virtualbox or any Virtual machine, no matter its Windows, Linux, Mac, or whatever. This step is crucial.

Good luck and thanks for reading!
Best regards,
Victor
 
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You have to install an OS in the VM Ean, have you done that ?
 

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There are some missing discussion points based on the replies so far.

With virtualization, the hypervisor is the software that runs the virtual machines. There are two types of hypervisors: type 1 and type 2. Type 1 hypervisors are installed onto a bare metal device. This can be viewed as the host OS. Type 2 hypervisors are programs that are installed on top of a host OS.

Examples of type 1 hypervisors are VMware ESXi and Red Hat KVM. Examples of type 2 hypervisors are VMware Workstation and Oracle Virtual Box.

Virtual Machines are created inside of the hypervisors but are only shells until some sort of guest OS is installed. The creation of VMs involves dictating the number of virtual processors, RAM, storage, NICs, etc. These are stored in a file that the hypervisor uses to allocate resources. In the case of VMware, these are in the .vmx files. The actual data for the VM is stored in a .vmdk file.
 

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