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Hi :)
VirtualBox gives an option  to either create a virtual-drive or use an
iso.  The virtual-drive would then be a large file sitting on your real

You can then use the menus at the top of VirtualBox to set-up the Windows
installer Cd to be read by the Virtual Machine either directly as an iso
(as a virtual cd/dvd-drive) or by reading the real world cd/dvd-drive
attached to the physical machine.

It might be that it prefers .img rather than isos but both are pretty much
the same, just different formats for the same thing.  I think VirtualBox
can handle both but may make it easier to use one rather than the other.
Also VirtualBox can use various types of virtual hard-drive.  There is an
internationally agreed one that works on many different vms but, of course,
Oracle prefer that you use their own format.  I tend to use their own one.

In terms of hardware in times gone by people have been able to use one
Windows licence as part of their dual-boot, and then re-use it on a virtual
machine.  The standard argument was that "it is the same hardware".  Now
that virtualisation is more mainstream the licensing people at Microsquish
might not be quite so bamboozled but it really is the same hardware and you
are only using the licence once.  Another successful argument used to be
that it was just a reinstall to the same hardware and just not even mention
virtual-machines at all because it's a technicality that they don't really
need to know about.

If using Virtual Machines is still new then it might be a good idea to
set-up a virtual machine and install Fedora, or Ubuntu, or Mint to it - or
try running a "LiveCd/Dvd" session in the virtual machine.  Then you can
build and destroy quite a few virtual machines without having to deal with
licensing issues.  A few "distro hoppers" use virtual machine to test-drive
distros that they have never used  before or to experiment and play
around.  It's a good way to learn and then installing Windows should be a
fair bit easier.  It's what i do each time i try using virtual machines
because i never use them often enough to be really comfortable with them.
Good luck and regards from
Tom :)

On 7 December 2016 at 13:22, Philip Jackson <>

On 07/12/16 10:12, Felmon Davis wrote:
On Wed, 7 Dec 2016, Cley Faye wrote:

2016-12-07 9:10 GMT+01:00 Mike Scott <>:

A windows licence might be tied to hardware, for example. So if I need
occasional windows use (eg to update my satnav - grrrr!) but
otherwise use
linux, dual-boot is a necessity. Such a licence probably wouldn't
work in a
virtual machine.

‚ÄčThere's always this possibility:

also this which I am about to try:

"Once you're finished, you'll be able to reboot into your secondary OS
and run it natively, or run it in your favorite virtualization program
without having to reboot. You'll get the best of both worlds and you'll
never have to decide between the two again."

Thanks Felmon, Cley and Mike -  I'll look into the links.

I have Windows 10 (was Windows7) on a separate hard disk and I've hung
on to it because I occasionally want to use a couple of applications
that don't run under linux (or even very well using Wine, judging from
comments on the web).  My linux is on its own hard disk and is my
default boot - if I need Windows, I just have to hold F12 on bootup and
select the Wind drive from a menu supplied by the motherboard.

Would virtualbox (or other) be able to get Windows running on its own
hard disk ? It doesn't have an iso file - just a working version
(licensed) of Windows10.

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