How do I run VirtualBox on a Macbook? Is it possible, or do I need Parallels? I want to run Windows7 on my 15" macbook pro along with the original OSX Mountain Lion.

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    Why not try it?
    – Karan
    Jul 16, 2013 at 3:08
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    I fully agree with @Karan, you should just try it next time and find out. Generally, it is best practice on SuperUser to try to figure something out first, then if you experience trouble - post questions on how to fix it/understand where you went wrong.
    – nerdwaller
    Jul 16, 2013 at 3:11

3 Answers 3

  1. Installation documentation is here.
  2. Supported guests include Windows 7.
  3. Set up a storage device with Windows installation media (ISO).
  4. Then boot and install.
  5. Install Guest Additions For Windows.


Presently, VirtualBox runs on Windows, Linux, Macintosh, and Solaris hosts and supports a large number of guest operating systems including but not limited to Windows (NT 4.0, 2000, XP, Server 2003, Vista, Windows 7), DOS/Windows 3.x, Linux (2.4 and 2.6), Solaris and OpenSolaris, OS/2, and OpenBSD.


Assuming you have an Intel based Mac, yes it is possible and simple.

Just download Virtualbox and install. You can then fire it up and run whatever virtualized OS you desire.

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