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I have just installed CentOS 6.5 (minimal)  in Virtual Box on my Windows 8.1 pc. This is how I installed CentOS. Hope this helps.

[Update: The updated version of this article with screenshots for CentOS 6.7 can be found here.]

Requirements:

  1. CentOS 6.5 32-bit ISO : Download Link (~330 MB)
  2. Virtual Box : Download Link (~110 MB)
  3. Atleast 8 GB of free disk space.

Installation Procedure:

First, thing you need to  do is to set up your Virtual Box. Go ahead download and install Virtual Box (the download link is given above in the requirements).

Press “New“, Type Name as “CentOS 6.5 32 bit” or anything you want. Set the type as “Linux“, Version as “Red Hat 32 bit“. And press “Next”.

create vm

name and type of OS pic

Allocate RAM to 512 MB RAM or higher , then click “Next“.

select ram size pic

Then select the option “Create a virtual hard drive now “, then click on “Create“.

create hd pic

Select hard drive file type as the first option “VDI” , then click on “Next“.

hard disk type: vdi pic

Select type as “Dynamically allocated“. Choose the amount of hard disk space you want to allocate for your CentOS system. Select atleast 8Gb-10GB or higher and then click on “Create“.

VM HD size pic

Now, you would see the home screen of the Oracle Virtual box, Click on the CentOS VM you have created and then click “Start“.

start vm

Then click on the yellow folder icon and select the ISO file that you have downloaded.

Select ISO location

Then click on “Start“.

start boot

Wait for a few seconds and you will see the CentOS boot menu. Now, select the first option “Install or upgrade an existing system“.

Boot menu picture

 

[Note: To scroll through different options, you can either use the Arrow keys in your keyboard or the TAB key to move through different options . You may also use SPACE bar in your keyboard or ENTER key to make selections]

Now, you will probably get a message box saying “Disk Found” and if you want to verify the contents in the CD. Press “Skip”. If you need, you can press “OK” and verify the contents but it might take a while.

Using your arrow keys, select “Skip” and then hit “Enter“.

Disk check pic

loading screen

Hit “OK“.

CentOS Welcome

Now, select the language and then use the TAB key and then select “Ok” and hit ENTER.

select language

Now, select the model of the keyboardand then select “OK“.

keyboard selection pic

If you get a “Warning Message” such as the one below, just chooseRe-initialize all“.

Re-initialize all picture

Now, select your time zone and then hit “OK“. Then select a password for your “root” (or admin account), you can use TAB keys to reach the next box, and finally select “OK” and hit ENTER.

create root password

Now, select the option “Use entire drive“, and select “OK”.

allocate hard drive picture

Now, select “Write changes to disk” and the installer should start right up.

installation picture

installation progress pic

After, it is done installing , you will see a message saying “Congratulations, your CentOS installation is complete“. Select “Reboot” and hit ENTER.

installation complete -Reboot

Now, it should boot right up.

centos bootup picture

now, type login as: root , Then hit ENTER. Then type the password and hit ENTER. You should see now be able to see the terminal window with the # symbol.

root login pic

 

And voilà ! You have successfully installed CentOS 6.5 in Virtual Box.

This is a minimal mode CentOS and so many application packages are not installed. You will also have to configure the network to access the internet.

[UPDATE: To configure network in CentOS 6.5 (which is the same as configuring centos 6.3), I have made a detailed guide with screenshots, you can find it here.]

If you have any sort of queries on regarding this installation, just leave a comment and will get back at you. Don’t forget to follow my blog to get future updates! :D

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This is a guide on how to install Zorin OS 7 (64-bit) in Virtual Box. Hope this helps!

Requirements:

  1. Zorin OS Core ISO : Download Link (~1.5GB)
  2. Virtual Box : Download Link  (~96 MB)
  3. Atleast 8 GB of free hard disk space.

Installation Procedure:

First, download and install Virtual Box in your computer using the download link mentioned above. Also, download the Zorin OS ISO to any location of your choice.

Open Virtual Box, click on “New“:

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Now, enter “Name” anything as you wish, Type asLinux” and Version asUbuntu (64-bit)“. Then, click on “Next“.

Name and Operating system

Now, select the amount of RAM you want to allocate for your Zorin OS Virtual machine. I would recommend a minimum of 512MB-1024MB. I have allocated 1024 MB (i.e. 1 GB of RAM) for my Zorin OS VM.

Memory Size

We need to create a virtual hard drive. Click on “Create a virtual hard drive now” and click on “Create“.

Create Hard Drive

Now, select the option ” VDI(Virtual disk Image) ” and click on “Next”.

Hard Disk Type

Now, select “Dynamically allocated“. {NOTE: You can also go with fixed size if you want but it will take longer time to create but is faster to use }

Storage Type

Now , you can select the size of your virtual hard disk by dragging the slider across. You can also choose a custom location where you want to save your Zorin OS by clicking on the red box that I have highlighted. Make sure you allocate a minimum of 8 GB. After selecting the appropriate options, click on “Create“.

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Now, Click on the Virtual machine, you created and click on “Start“.

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Now, click on the small folder icon which I have highlighted in red and browse to the ZorinOS ISO file you have downloaded earlier.

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Now, click on “Start” once you have selected the ISO file.

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To start the installation, select the option “Start the installer directly“.

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Wait a few moments for the installer to load.

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Select the Language of your choice and click on “Continue“.

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Click on “Continue“.

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Select “Erase disk and install Zorin“.

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After this step, you would be prompted to select your location. You can click on the map to select your location and click on “Continue“. Then select the keyboard layout of your choice and click on “Continue“.

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Now, you can enter “Your Name” , “Your computer’s name” , “username” and a “password” of your choice and click on “Continue“.

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Now, it will copy the nessasry files and install the Zorin OS.

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This may take a while depending on your computer configuration.

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You will get a prompt stating that the Installation is complete. Click on “Restart Now“.

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Hit on the “ENTER” key when prompted.

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Select the first option “Zorin” and hit “ENTER” in your keyboard.

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This should boot up your installed Zorin OS.

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Enter your login credentials that you created earlier during the installation phase.

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You should be able to see your home screen and the Z button which is similar to the start button in Windows based systems in the lower left corner. Clicking that should bring up the menu which is very classy in my opinion and easy for newbies who are migrating from Windows to Linux.

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You can open up the terminal by simply searching terminal in the search box and it should bring up the terminal.

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And here is the terminal!

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So Hurrayy!! You have successfully installed Zorin OS in Virtual Box !!

I just installed ZorinOS a few days back, and felt that it is a great OS especially for users who are migrating from Windows to Linux. I am still playing around with it and so far I must say it looks interesting. So go ahead, try it out and let me  know what you think. Feel free to leave a comment about it in the comments section below.

If you have any sort of queries on regarding this installation, just leave a comment below and will get back to you. Don’t forget to follow my blog to get future updates! :D

 
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