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    How to install Windows 7 inside Ubuntu

    Hello, thanks to everyone who helps in this forum, I always find the right fix to my problems here.

    I have Ubuntu 64bit 11.10 and I need to install Windows 7 inside. I want to keep ubuntu as my main operative system but need windows to run some softwares like iTunes.

    I downloaded Oracle VM Virtualbox...

    Thanks in advance

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    Re: How to install Windows 7 inside Ubuntu

    Well, create a virtual computer and boot from the W7 ISO. Do not hesitate to ask if you have a specific problem.

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    Re: How to install Windows 7 inside Ubuntu

    What Mike said. It was surprisingly easy to install VirtualBox on 11.10. The only thing that was mildly tricky was enabling USB ports on Win7. I don't recall the details but it was something about adding users to a certain group in 11.10. Other than that it was pretty straightforward and even with 11.10 AND Win7 running I was using less than 1 Gb. of RAM. One thing to check is to make sure visualization is enabled on your machine's BIOS. Some machines have a means to enable or disable.

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    Re: How to install Windows 7 inside Ubuntu

    Quote Originally Posted by kurt18947 View Post
    What Mike said. It was surprisingly easy to install VirtualBox on 11.10. The only thing that was mildly tricky was enabling USB ports on Win7. I don't recall the details but it was something about adding users to a certain group in 11.10. Other than that it was pretty straightforward and even with 11.10 AND Win7 running I was using less than 1 Gb. of RAM. One thing to check is to make sure visualization is enabled on your machine's BIOS. Some machines have a means to enable or disable.
    Adding USB to virtual machines goes like this.

    go to
    System > Administration > Users And Groups.

    Then

    Go To Manage Users

    scroll down till you see

    Vbox_users or anything to do with vbox.

    click Properties.

    Now Check The Box In The Bottom To enable USB support inside virtualBox.
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    Re: How to install Windows 7 inside Ubuntu

    You need to add your username to a group called "vboxusers" to enable USB. I don't recall how, on Ubuntu, as I now use Fedora 16.

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    Re: How to install Windows 7 inside Ubuntu

    Quote Originally Posted by enjoijesus94 View Post
    Adding USB to virtual machines goes like this.

    go to
    System > Administration > Users And Groups.

    Then

    Go To Manage Users

    scroll down till you see

    Vbox_users or anything to do with vbox.

    click Properties.

    Now Check The Box In The Bottom To enable USB support inside virtualBox.
    But the newer Ubuntu distros have "users" not "users and groups". There's no way to join groups graphically as installed AFAIK, it must be done at the command line. There is, however, a fix. Install 'gnome-system-tools' from the repositories then look in applications. The old style Users & Groups should be there.

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    Re: How to install Windows 7 inside Ubuntu

    Originally Posted by kurt18947:
    But the newer Ubuntu distros have "users" not "users and groups". There's no way to join groups graphically as installed AFAIK, it must be done at the command line. There is, however, a fix. Install 'gnome-system-tools' from the repositories then look in applications. The old style Users & Groups should be there.
    In my 11.10 installation 'Users and Groups' is shown in Dash, whether logged -in to Ubuntu or Gnome Classic.

    Whilst with ClassicMenu Indicator, or when logged in to Gnome Classic, it shows in the Applications>Other menu.

    It runs in a Window titled 'User Settings' and the option is 'Manage Groups' in both cases.

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    Re: How to install Windows 7 inside Ubuntu

    Ok, I have this problem:



    I downloaded DKMS but I still get the same error message.

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    Re: How to install Windows 7 inside Ubuntu

    I had the same problem. After much searching, I found that this fixed it.

    Run terminal and enter the following two commands

    sudo apt-get install dkms build-essential linux-headers-generic

    sudo /etc/init.d/vboxdrv setup

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    Re: How to install Windows 7 inside Ubuntu

    Thread moved to Virtualisation


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