VirtualBox Installation HOWTO


This document describes how to install Oracle VirtualBox – an open source virtualization software product.  VirtualBox allows you to run virtual machines on your Windows, OS X, or Linux workstation.  VirtualBox requires a relatively modern CPU for full feature support (and the StatGenLab VM makes use of some of those features).  Specifically your CPU must support hardware virtualization (VT-x for Intel processors or AMD-V for AMD processors) and it must be enabled in your workstation’s BIOS or firmware (EFI).  Keep in mind that virtualization shares computing resources (CPU and memory) with the OS and applications running on your workstation.  If your workstation is sluggish on its own adding an additional, virtual OS will only tax it further.

The examples in these instructions are for a system running Windows but are valid for OS X and, in part, Linux as well with slight alterations.

Obtain the Software

You may freely download the VirtualBox installation software from their website at


Download the the platform installer for your OS by clicking the appropriate link to the right.


On the same page download the extension pack as well.  The extension pack includes support for USB devices in the virtual machine.


Install the Software

NOTE: Part of the installation process will modify your network configuration which will temporarily disconnect you from any networks to which you are currently connected.

Double-click on the installer (not the extension pack) you downloaded to start the installation process and click “Next”.


Click “Next” through the features screen to accept the default option of a full installation.


Select your preferences for shortcut creation then click “Next”.


Click “Yes” through the warning about being disconnected from the network.


Click “Install” on the final confirmation page.


Grant permission to the installer for any Windows UAC warnings you receive.

Click “Install” when prompted to install the USB device driver.


And again, click “Install” when prompted to install the network device driver.


You will be prompted to install three network device drivers (one each for NAT, bridge, and host-only).

Click “Finish” to complete the installation and start VirtualBox.


Load the Extensions

After the installation has been completed and VirtualBox is running click on the “File” menu then select “Preferences”.


Select “Extensions” from the left-hand pane then click the blue button with the yellow arrow to bring up a file browser.


Browse to the location where you saved the extension pack you downloaded, select it, then click “Open”.


Click “Install” on the confirmation box that pops up.


Scroll to the bottom of the license and then click “I Agree”.  The button will be disabled until you scroll to the bottom.


Click through any Windows UAC prompts you receive then click “OK” on the final box.


Click “OK” on the settings window.


Installation Complete

Congratulations, you have completed the VirtualBox installation.  At this point you may now create or import virtual machines.

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