Creation of the Virtual Machine

Once you have properly installed your virtualization software, you can proceed on creating all the virtual machines you need.

Using and configuring your virtualization software is out of the scope of this guide, so please refer to the official documentation.


You can find some hints and considerations on how to design and create your virtualized environment in the Sandboxing chapter.


We recommend either 64-bit Windows 7 or Windows XP virtual machines. For Windows 7 you will have to disable User Access Control.

Changed in version 2.0-rc2: We used to suggest Windows XP as a guest VM but nowadays a 64-bit Windows 7 machine yields much better results.


KVM Users - Be sure to choose a hard drive image format that supports snapshots. See Saving the Virtual Machine for more information.

When creating the virtual machine, Cuckoo doesn’t require any specific configuration. You can choose the options that best fit your needs.