Create a Virtual Machine on Windows 10 – Full Guide With Tools to Use

Virtualization allows a different operating system to run within the standard OS. One is separate from the other but the virtual OS is run as an installed app and can be output just as easily. It’s easier than shutting down the current OS and boot to another one. In many cases, OS is easier to run in a virtual machine than to be installed eg macOS vs hackintosh.

To run a virtual machine, your processor needs to support virtualization and you need an app that can run the OS.

Tools to create a virtual machine on Windows 10

Windows 10 virtual machine

To run a virtual machine on Windows 10, you need to make sure that your processor supports virtualization and is enabled. You can check for virtualization from the Task Manager. Go to the Performance tab and select CPU. Look for the virtualization area.

If your CPU supports virtualization, you just have the right app to run the virtual machine.

Oracle VirtualBox

VirtualBox Oracle is the handy tool for creating a virtual machine. It’s free and you can build a VM with an ISO or with a pre-built VM file. It is very easy to set up though you need to know what system resources are available to give the OS you are trying to run.

Its main features are;

  • The tool is free to use.
  • It comes with Guest Additions that can install additional drivers and maximize the VM and allow the VM to better integrate with the host OS.
  • It can run even if your system does not support virtualization.
  • Supports port forwarding and allows guest and guest OS card sharing (needs to be set).
  • Export VM state.

Hyper V.

Hyper V is a native Windows 10 virtualization app. It is an optional feature that is capable of Windows 10 and unlike VirtualBox, requires a CPU that supports virtualization. It is also not the easiest to install and is only available on the Pro or Enterprise version which is why you will often find Windows 10 users looking for other virtualization apps.

Hyper V can be enabled by following these steps.

  1. Open Control Panel.
  2. Go to Programs.
  3. Click Turn Windows features on or off.
  4. Scroll down the list of features and select Hyper V.
  5. Click OK.
  6. Hyper V will be enabled.

Hyper V is great; it can run virtual OS and it can also run virtual scripts and media drivers.

VMware Workstation Player

VMware Workstation is a paid virtualization app only VMware Workstation Player it has the free version. It is a good, stable virtualization tool that offers excellent UI. You can use it to run just about any type of OS on your desktop. Its main features are;

  • An encrypted and secure environment for running the virtual OS.
  • DX12 limiting engine and support for Hyper-V.
  • Support for UEFI boot and UEFI secure boot.
  • DX11 and OpenGL 4.1 support.
  • File sharing between host and guest OS.


Virtualization is supported on most systems today but the tool you use to create a VM is very important. Complex or poorly designed tools often mean you have to spend time tinkering with the options and finding out how best to make a VM. You will find paid and free apps that specifically create a VM for a particular OS and you will find virtual machines that can run on all types of operating systems. The UI, the features they have to offer, and their ease of use will often leave you with the three tools we have listed as the best choice.

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