How To Setup Dedicated Server On Windows For Free (Fast, Easy & Secure)

If you are someone who likes to maintain their own servers and has some experience working with Linux, then a dedicated server is the best option because dedicated servers are fast and efficient and they are way more secure than storing files on local storage or the cloud.

Moreover, not knowing how to set up your server can be frustrating and limiting. And the learning curve is steep.

The problems don't stop there either, you may have a number of issues such as not enough disk space, not enough bandwidth, not being able to install all the software you would like, security flaws or needing technical help with server maintenance.

We'll guide you with step-by-step instructions on how to setup dedicated server.

Step 1: Download and install the latest version of VirtualBox

  • Download and install the latest version of VirtualBox
  • Install VirtualBox on your computer, making sure you have a 64-bit version of Windows (64 bit operating systems are faster than 32 bit ones). If you're not sure which one to choose, here's a list with pros and cons for each one:
  • 32-bit CPU - advantages include lower RAM usage, better compatibility with older software (e.g., old versions of Photoshop), better performance when running certain applications like Adobe Photoshop or Firefox Browser; disadvantages include reduced memory space (memory management) because there are fewer registers available in 32-bit mode than in 64-bit mode; also possible problems when installing new software because it may not work correctly if installed into a system folder instead of an application folder.

Step 2: Download Linux Mint

The next step is to download Linux Mint, which is a popular Linux distribution. The latest version is available at:

You can also download any other version from their website - just click on "Download" under "Downloads," select your operating system (for example Windows), and click on either 32-bit or 64 bit depending on whether or not it's compatible with your computer's processor type(s).

Step 3: Mount the ISO file; right-click on the ISO file, select "Open with VirtualBox"

You'll want to mount your ISO file so that you can access its contents. This can be done by opening a command prompt window in Windows and typing: mount c:\sources\iso1 /dmpublic /media1 (where c:\sources\iso1 is where you put your ISOs). If you don't have an existing drive letter mapped to one of your hard drives, this may not work for you—you'll need to create one manually.

Once mounted, open VirtualBox and click New -> Select Disk... The dialog box that appears will default for choosing either VDI or VMDK as a storage device type. You should choose VDI because it's faster than VMDK; however if both are available then go ahead with whichever is faster!

Step 4: Select your hard disk drive; click on "Import Appliance"

Now select your hard disk drive from the drop-down menu and click on "Import Appliance". You will be prompted to create a virtual machine.

You can choose to create a new VM or import an existing VM from your local computer, depending on what you want to do with it. If this is your first time using Windows Server 2012 or Windows Server 2012 R2, then I recommend importing an existing VM in case something goes wrong during setup (which sometimes happens). When prompted, choose either:

Hard drive as storage device

This option will allow you to select any available hard drive on your computer; including optical drives like CD/DVD drives or even external hard drives connected via USB ports! It's best if there isn't too much data on these devices since they might not work properly under heavy load conditions caused by virtual machines running concurrently within one system."

Step 5: Select "Hard drive" as your storage device

You can select the virtual hard drive file you created in step 2 or use a pre-made one. If you choose to create a new one, enter a name and click “Create”. The new virtual machine will be created as soon as this step is completed!

Next, choose the operating system type and edition (32-bit or 64-bit). Then select "Start" to start your new dedicated server with its own IP address on port 8080.

Step 6: Click on the button "Create" to create your virtual machine.

The virtual machine will be created, and you will be asked to name it. Once you have done this, your new VM is ready for use—but remember that it's only available for a limited time!


Here's how to set up a virtual machine on your computer. This is a free solution that can help you run Linux and Windows applications side by side. You'll need to install VirtualBox first, then choose an operating system from Linux Mint or Windows 10.