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Oracle Virtualbox 4.0.4 Fedora 14

I have installed Oracle Virtualbox on my Fedora 14. Now I want to install windows as a guest. However, I have enabled usb support. But on the system menu there isn't an option to boot from the usb. I have created a bootable windows installation on my usb.

As I am running on a netbook without any DVD/CD drive, my only option it to install from the usb.

Is this possible?

Many thanks for any suggestions,

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There is no GUI option to boot from a USB drive, but VirtualBox provides a script that'll let you do it. See this link for a tutorial:

The tutorial is for Windows, but the Virtual Box tools they use are the same.

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Thanks, that looks like it. – ant2009 Mar 31 '11 at 16:45
An easier solution is to mount the *.iso to the CD/DVD drive. Under settings select the CD/DVD, then select the *.iso. Works like a charm. – ant2009 Apr 3 '11 at 3:25

Yes it is possible to boot from USB and install in another hard drive. After you initially added a Virtual disk for the USB using then before you start the VM, you can add more HDD using the Storage option. And while booting, using F12 we can get two controller options. We can select the one for USB for booting and then from within the booted OS, we can choose the other HDD that is detected.

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Yes, it is possible, but not from USB. You need to do that from hard drive.

First you need to make bootable ISO file. I have used Imgburn, it's a good and free program. After that you need to copy that ISO file onto a hard drive in your computer where you want to install guest in VirtualBox. I put it on the desktop.

Then start up VirtualBox and go to Settings → Storage. You will see "IDE Controller/empty" option. Click on empty disk to mark it. On the right side you will see Attributes, CD/DVD option. Choose "IDE Secondary master".

Then click on disk icon on the right and click on "Choose a virtual CD/DVD file...". A window will open, choose your bootable ISO file and click OK at bottom right. Then go to your VirtualBox start menu, select the virtual drive you made and click Start. It will run the installation.

This way I have installed Windows 7 as a guest on Ubuntu 12.04.

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