Installing Windows on a Mac using VirtualBox
This is a guide to install virtualbox on your mac device. Virtualbox allows you to run the windows operating system on a non-windows device. Application results will vary. This process from complete start to finish may take up an hour.
VirtualBox will only run on Macs with Intel processors. Newer Macs with M.x chips do not support VirtualBox.
Before going to install this device please:
1. Follow the guides for installing and connecting to the engr-lic vpn profile found here: https://kb.wisc.edu/5573
2. Download the WIN 10 Iso from the Campus software library found here: https://kb.wisc.edu/93234
a.This will take a while as it is a large file. Complete this step first if not already done so.
3. Ensure you are connected to your devices charging source
4. Ensure you have at least 50 gigs of free space on your mac
Without these steps, the process will not properly work.
Part 1- Installing VirtualBox
Locate and click on “OS X hosts” If prompted allow download.
Once complete, find download and click to install. The installer most likely ended up in your downloads folder.
Double click the installer from the downloads folder
A window will appear. Follow the instructions in the window.
Hit continue again ( lower right hand corner)
Enter password to accept the install of the application. It will take a few moments to install fully.
Hit close. Virtualbox is now installed. You may be prompted to keep the installer or move to trash. You can decide.
To launch VirtualBox, either search for it via spotlight
Or go to Finder in the top bar
Click Go. Find and click Applications
A window will appear. Find VirtualBox and double click
*Each time you want to launch Virtualbox you will have to repeat this step.
Part 2: Installing, configuring, and activating the windows operating system-
*These instructions are left on defaults as much as possible. You are able to change the settings to your own risk.
* If you wish to adjust these settings at a later time please read this article on how to do so. Changes can be reversed.
After launching VirtualBox, the following window will appear. Click "New" in the upper right-hand corner.
Change the settings to the following-
Type: Microsoft Windows
Version: Windows 10 (64-bit)
Hit Continue. This instance is left at the default setting, but you may change it as you see fit.
Hit Create. This is the default setting.
Hit Continue. This is the default setting
Keep Dynamically allocated as the default, click Continue
As your disk space allows, adjust the size of the disk as it allows. Click Create. 50 GB should be enough for the few windows specific programs to install.
Click WIN-10 and click the green start button.
A window will appear asking you specify where the install media is for WIN-10.
Click the green up arrow in the bottom right hand corner.
Find the place where you downloaded the install media at the beginning of this guide.
By default, the .iso file should be in your default downloads folder
Click choose. VirtualBox may ask for permission to modify files, please accept.
Click Install Now
Choose Windows 10 Education. Click Next
Enter Installation Key (sent in order confirmation email from firstname.lastname@example.org)
Check the box “I accept the license terms”
Click the second installation type "Custom: Install Windows Only (advanced)"
Click the yellow star new button
Windows is now installing. This will take a bit.
The virtual machine will reboot and when presented with the next screen you may continue configurating.
Click Yes for United States
Choose the keyboard option for you. Default is US. Click Yes.
Click Domain join instead. (Bottom left corner)
Enter desired username. Click Next
Enter a password if you so choose
Click Yes or No for Microsoft activity history
Accept or Decline using Cortana as a digital assistant
Choose yes or no on these options, then click Accept
Windows is now setting up your profile.
Windows is still setting things up. Click yes or no depending on your preference.
The machine is now mostly configured. We will need to connect to the ENGR-LIC VPN as requested at the top of this document.
Connect to the ENGR-LIC portal and follow the directions below. Do not disconnect the vpn until instructed to do so.
If you didn’t complete this step please read the following for ENGR-LIC VPN: https://kb.wisc.edu/5573
Reboot the machine- click the windows logo in the bottom left hand side, click Power, click Restart
After reboot, Log back in and type Activation in the search bar, and click “Activation setting”
It should read this:
If it doesn’t appear the same way or there was a issue. Click the appropriate buttons to retry activation. If it doesn’t work, ensure you are connected to the engr-lic vpn. You may need to reboot your compter
Part 3 Install Guest Additions
Find devices with VirtualBox selected and locate and click “Insert Guest Additions CD Image”
Open a window explore folder (button labeled 1 in following image). Double click on "CD Drive (D:) VirtualBox Guest Additions" (labeled 2 in image below)
Find the Red rectangle and double click on “VboxWindowsAdditions”
Click Install when prompted
Click Finish. VM will now reboot.
You can now disconnect from the ENGR-LIC VPN