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For Mac Users:
VirtualBox is a free virtual machine that can run many different operating systems such as the Windows and Linux Operating Systems on your computer. Essentially, it has the same function as VMWare, Parallels, and Bootcamp, except there is no need to reboot your computer and it is free!
How to set up a virtual machine with VirtualBox:
- To download VirtualBox, go on this link and click on OS X hosts: https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads
- After the file has been downloaded, open it and double-click on the icon “VirtualBox.pkg” that pops up on the screen. Then, go through the VirtualBox installation process.
- Now, open VirtualBox by searching for it on Spotlight or looking through the Applications folder (Note: If VirtualBox is not in the Applications folder, VirtualBox has not been properly installed, so repeat step 2).
- To create a virtual machine, click on the blue icon on the top left. Enter in the information of your virtual machine and click Continue (Ex: Linux, Ubuntu 14.0, 1 GB RAM). When prompted about the Hard disk, click on “Use an existing virtual hard disk file” and locate where your downloaded operating system file is.
- Congratulations! You have created your virtual machine. To use it, click on it and press the green arrow at the toolbar.
Instructions with pictures can be found on this website: http://sites.miis.edu/kb/2012/06/19/how-to-install-virtualbox-and-windows-on-your-mac/