help with virtual box

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so im going to post what im trying to do first because someone might have a better solution and then ill post my problem.
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background:
so i installed virtual box on my ubuntu partition, for some other project, but now i need to install windows on it (more on that later). the reason for this is that im writing some software for my friend and need to compile it for windows. i could use my windows partition, but i want to keep that development free (just like i want to keep linux game/most media free). my solution was either a cross compiler or a temporary windows virtual box. is there a third better way?

problem:
i couldnt find my windows 7 disk, so i borrowed a bootable flashdrive that had windows 7 on it (i know it works because ive used it before) but virtual box cant find it. what do i need to do?
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