Boot From USB in VirtualBox in Windows 10/7: How to Guide

Want to know how to boot from USB in Virtualbox?

If yes then keep reading this post.

In the previous post, I have already talked about how to install win 7 on Virtualbox & also about installing ChromeOS on a Virtual machine.

And now I am here writing this essential part of these two posts.

Where you will learn installing & booting OS from USB in Virtualbox.

So that you can easily install any operating system like macOS, Windows, Linux or Ubuntu by directly booting from USB.

I know you can easily boot from ISO file also but converting USB to iso file would be much harder.

That’s why this trick has helped me a lot when I was installing macOS on a virtual machine using a bootable USB.

And will definitely help you also.

Let’s see How.

Boot From USB in VirtualBox Windows 10

But before we begin.

Please make sure that you have installed Virtualbox & extension pack properly. And UEFI mode is enabled.

Virtual Box: Download Link
VM Extension Pack: Download Link

And the most imp. thing a bootable USB with OS of your choices like macOS or windows.

In this tutorial, I will be using a tool to Boot an OS from a USB Drive in Virtualbox called Virtual Machine USB BootDownload Link

So Let’s get started.

1. Open Virtualbox

First Open the Virtualbox by right-clicking on it & selecting Run as Administrator.

Virtualbox Windows

And I hope you have already created a virtual machine for booting. And if you don’t you can follow this guide to create a virtual machine on Virtualbox.

2. Run Virtual Machine USB Boot tool

Download & install this boot tool from the given link. And Open it by right-clicking on it & selecting Run as Administrator.

Now insert your bootable USB drive from which you want to boot an Operating system in a virtual box. And Click on Add.

Virtual Machine USB Boot

Now select the VM name according to your choice. As I am booting & installing windows 7 from USB. So I select “Windows 7”.

Install Windows from USB in Vbox

And then select your inserted USB from Drive to add and boot the drop-down menu. Now it will show a warning of physical disk boot priority. Just click OK.

Now Select the VM name and Drive by clicking on it. And Click on Start.

Booting Virtual Machine

And Done! It will automatically start booting the virtual machine using USB.


So that’s how you can easily install and boot any operating system directly from USB in Virtualbox without any problem. And you can also do this by using a Plop boot manager in QEMU & VMware.

Stay tuned for the next post on How to install windows 10 from USB in Virtualbox.

Feel free to share your thoughts and also tell us if you know any better way to Boot from USB in VirtualBox in Windows 10/7.

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