Lab virtual machines are intended for one time usage due to its temporary nature. TSG cannot be responsible for data safekeeping on each local hard drive. All important data must be stored in your network home directory (Z: drive, by default) or on external USB.

If you don't already have a Windows/Samba password, you should contact ops (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) in order to set it up.

  1. Navigate to Applications -> System Tools -> Oracle VM Virtual
  2. Once the Oracle VM Virtual Box manager opens, first Time users will need to select "New" on the top right to create a new Virtual Machine
  3. Give your virtual machine a name of your choosing
  4. Under Type, Select "Microsoft Windows" (Already Selected by Default)
  5. For Version, Select Windows 7 64-bit

  6. Click Next
  7. Select the amount of RAM to be dedicated to this virtual machine. 1024 MB is the recommended allowance.

  8. Click Next
  9. Select “Use an Existing Virtual Hard Drive”. Navigate to directory /vbox/vbox_win7_64bit.
  10. Select "Win7_64bit.vdi"

  11. Click Next
  12. Your Virtual Machine has now been created and can be started. As long as you do not delete this virtual machine, you will not need to repeat the above process.
  13. Select your Virtual Machine and Click Start
  14. Note: Virtual Box may give you multiple warnings on start-up regarding your Linux kernel. Disregard these.

    Note: When attempting to use command keys (Ctrl+Delete) in your virtual machine, you’ll need to use the Ctrl key to the right of the space bar.

  15. Log in with the username and password you set up with ops

  16. Make note of any messages left in Notepad from ops regarding use of this Virtual Box, but aside from that, use this as you would any other windows machine.

  17. When finished, shut down the Virtual Machine as though you were turning off a normal Windows machine.