How to install Virtualbox guest additions Windows or Linux

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VirtualBox guest additions is a feature of Oracle VirtualBox virtualization platform that meant to make the seamless working of the guest operating system with the host that could be Windows, Ubuntu, Linux Mint, CentOS, Deepin etc. After activating the Guest editions, the user can drag and drop any kind of files and folder between guest and host, copy-past text or anything bidirectionally and also the drivers will start supporting Guest such as Displays’ to adapt the host’s display resoltuion. This not only enhance the productivity but also the user experience. Well, without this the advance users could set up a shared folder to access something from the host using guest and vice-versa but the novel user would end up with frustration.

Install VirtualBox Guest additions on Windows or Linux

Here we know how to perform the installation of Guest additions of Virtualbox on Windows and Linux platforms… The procedure of doing this will be the same for both.

Step 1: Open VirtualBox.

Step 2: Run the Windows 10/7 or Linux operating installed as Guest on VirtualBox where you want to install Guest Additions.

Step 3: After that click on the Device option given in the running of Guest operating system Window’s menu.

Step 4: Select the Insert Guest Additions CD image…

Install Guest addtions

Step 5: No matter you are using Windows 10 or Linux Distros such as Ubuntu or Linux Mint, the moment you select the Guest additions option, a virtual disc containing the installation file will automatically get mounted and pop up a message to Run or install the same.

Run Guest addtions on Linux Mint to install

Step 6: Click on the install/run button run the script.

Step 7: Once it gets installed, again go to Devices option of Guest OS running Virtual window and select the Shared Clip-> Bidirectional and also same Bidirectional option in the Drag n Drop menu. 

Drag and Drop on VirtualBOx

Step 8: Restart the Guest operating system to make the changes into effect.

Rajkumar Maurya
Rajkumar Maurya is the H2S Media tech expert. He’s always been passionate about technology and has been writing on the subject since 2014. He has extensive knowledge of all kinds of technology, from consumer-tech to enterprise solutions. You can contact the author at--


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