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As developers one of our duties is to ensure consistency in how content is displayed in a variety of browsers. If your web development project involves testing the visuals on
Microsoft Edge and don’t know how because you are using MacOS, then this post is for you! Note that you do not need a serial number or purchase anything in order to install Windows 10.
I‘ll expose a fairly simple and popular way to operate Bill Gates’ giant having Steve Jobs as host using Oracle’s
VirtualBox. The steps are as follows:
1. Install Oracle’s
2. Install Microsoft 10 using a
.iso file in
3. Testing your project with
Let’s dive into the details of each step:
1. Install Oracle’s VirtualBox
Go to https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads and under “VirtualBox 6.0.12 platform packages” label (as of today the current version is 6.0.12), click on “OS X hosts”
After the download finishes click the installer and follow the steps. You’ll be likely asked to grant accessibility features for
System Preferences. This may be relevant to avoid future problems when running the virtual machine, so make sure to allow it.
2. Now we need to download Windows 10 .iso file and install it in VirtualBox. There are two main sub-steps:
2.1 - Downloading Windows 10:
Go to https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10ISO. Under “Select edition” tab, select Windows 10 (Latest is 10 May 2019 as of today). Click on Confirm. Now select the language and click again on Confirm.
64-bit version. I’m sticking with
64-bit version, but feel free to choose what best fits your setup. If your internet is not so speedy you might sit a while and wait until the download finishes.
2.2 - Installing Windows 10 in VirtualBox:
VirtualBox and click on “New”, then enter a name for the virtual machine. I use “Windows 10 - 64bit”. Make sure “Type” is set to “Microsoft Windows” and in “Version” select “Windows 10 (64 bit)”. Click on continue.
In this step you need to allocate enough
RAM. I assigned it
2GB since I have
8GB RAM in my iMac and I don’t want to run into performance issues in my host machine. Have in mind that x86 (
32-bit) version requires a minimum of
1GB RAM and x64 version requires
2GB RAM at least. Click on “Continue”.
You need to create a
Virtual Hard Disk. The default selected option is fine (Create a virtual hard disk now), click on “Create”.
Select “VDI (VirtualBox Disk Image)” and choose “Fixed Size HDD”. Microsoft requires
16GB at least for
32-bit version and
64-bit version. I’ll set mine to
Make sure to allocate enough video resources to your guest OS. You can check those options in “Settings” then “Display” tab. If you’re not sure, leave default and adjust later.
Go to “Settings”, click on the “Storage” tab, click on the blue “Empty” disk and click the blue disk to the right of “SATA Port 1”, click on “Choose Virtual Optical Disk Drive” and look for your Windows 10
Start your Windows 10 virtual machine and follow the installation instructions. As I mentioned earlier, don’t worry about the serial number, just select you don’t have one and it will anyway let you install.
After finishing installation you should have your Windows 10 up and running.
3. Testing your project with IE11 and Microsoft Edge
The default settings should be fine to let communication happen between host OS and guest OS. To know which
IP address to point inside Windows 10, open the
Command Prompt or the
Powershell and run the following command:
Default Gateway is the
IP address we should use to connect with MacOS host, in my case is
If you’re already serving a project in MacOS go ahead and test in
Microsoft Edge. For example I just created and deployed locally in my host machine a
Vue.js app using Vue’s
CLI and it listens on port 8080:
That’s it folks! Now you’re ready to see the looks of your project with
Microsoft Edge within MacOS. Also, feel free to experiment with Windows 10 as you need.