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VirtualBox – Install Ubuntu 12.04

Ubuntu in VirtualBoxTo install Ubuntu 12.04 in a VirtualBox image, create a new VirtualBox image as described in the blog post on installing Ubuntu 11.04 in VirtualBox. In later versions of VirtualBox you can choose mutiple types of virtual disks (.vdi , .vmdk , et cetera). This is only relevant if you want to share you image across multiple virtualisation platforms.

Check the instructions to install Ubuntu 13.04 in VirtualBox.

Install Ubuntu 12.04

  • Go to the settings of the newly created VirtualBox image;
  • In the storage section add an IDE Controller pointing to the installation disk: ubuntu-12.04-desktop-amd64.iso;
  • Ensure that you have asigned the VBox image enough processing power and memory;
  • Boot the installation iso by starting the VirtualBox image;
  • Watch Ubuntu 12.04 booting;
  • Choose your language and install Ubuntu;
  • After Ubuntu prepared it’s install and checks some stuff for best results, click Continue to go on with the installation;
  • In a new VirtualBox image you can safely choose to erase all stuff on disk and install Ubuntu (it will use ext4 as a file system);
  • Select the created VBOX Harddisk to do so. Choose install now;
  • Choose the location while Ubuntu continues creating the file system in the background;
  • While Ubuntu keeps copying files choose your keyboard layout;
  • Choose your name, the computer’s name, your username and password. For additional security you can choose to encrypt your home folder;
  • Restart the Virtual Machine and log in;

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VirtualBox Guest additions

Check this post on Vbox guest additions to install the VirtualBox guest additions.


  1. Mikko Tuomainen
    September 3rd, 2012 at 10:56 | #1

    Thanks for Ubuntu.

  2. wilhelm ferner
    October 9th, 2012 at 04:24 | #2

    Thanx, 12.04 is working fine. But,
    I’m using Ubuntu in the virtual box of Oracle. Then after, when I install the Guest Additions, after re-boot I cannot see any desktop/menu items/icons. The screen is blank, only a line on top (menu bar?) is visible. They are there, they are working, but just invisible.
    What to do? Any ideas?
    I’m rather new on Linux though I know win/dos quite well.

  3. October 9th, 2012 at 09:51 | #3

    In the installation I used there is also a menu on the right side of the screen. You could try to change System Setting using the button in the upper left corner.


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