Virtual machines and linux iso distro


Thread Starter
May 19, 2020
How would I run a linux .iso distro in Virtualbox on my pc desktop without using a dvd,usb stick or partioning my c drive?

thank you

Johnny b

Nov 6, 2016
It's been a few years since I used VirtualBox.
Basically, VirtualBox creates the ability for running a virtual OS (a guest) from within a host os.

If your host is MS Windows, you would install Virtualbox just as you would any other application.
From an open VirtualBox window, you could then choose the Linux distribution, as an iso on a CD/DVD or USB drive, to build a virtual drive with that Linux os on it.

You do not need to do any partitioning of your C drive.
Everything you built is 'virtual'.

This way with VirtualBox, you can run both your MS Windows and Linux at the same time.
Personally, I prefer separating the two in order to reduce potential problems.
I run a Live version of Linux from a USB flash drive with Win 10 on the hard drive.

If you use Win 10, there is now the option to run Linux from within with out having to instal VirtualBox.

Using the search terms "run linux on windows 10"

I haven't tried it and probably won't because of my earlier comment.
Something goes wrong with Win 10, like an update or malware, Linux might get broken.

(edited for spelling)
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Mohit Tomar
May 2, 2011
You actually don't need to have any DVD, CD Drive in order to run Linux or for that matter any other OS on VirtualBox as all the hardware is virtualised. Just install VBox, create a new machine and then edit settings of that machine to run the required OS.

Here is a screenshot from my VirtualBox. I use it to test various Linux and Windows OS.





You also get these options when you create a new Machine in VBox

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