Adding Features To VirtualBox By Installing Guest Additions
I did a video on how to add VirtualBox Guest Additions because I knew from personal experience that the tutorials I found for this online always seemed to lack something in the step-by-step; such as WHERE to find the actual Guest Additions software!
So after finally deciding that I could be more effective if I used Oracle VirtualBox more, I determined that the reason I did NOT use it more was primarily the hassle of not being able to copy and paste from my host Windows 7 system to the guest Windows XP VirtualBox.
Adding Guest Additions to VirtualBox virtual machines (you have to add it to each one you have configured) gives you that copy and paste functionality.
Another helpful improvement from adding Guest Additions to VirtualBox is the seemless mouse travel. Without Guest Additions you have to “click into” the VM and then press a hot-key, like the right control key, to get out.
Where To Find The Guest Additions Software
It turns out that the Guest Additions software comes in the form of a CD ISO file that is installed on your computer when you install VirtualBox – who’da thunk? In all of my digging (some months ago, it may have changed by now) that information seemed to be “assumed” and never spelled out.
The file is VBoxGuestAdditions.iso and, on my Windows 7 64 bit PC, was in the directory C:\Program Files\Oracle\VirtualBox
The procedure for how to add Virtual Box Guest Additions I have outlined below:
- Open Oracle VM VirtualBox Manager
- Select the VM that you want to add Guest Additions to
- Click on the “Settings” “Gear Wheel” in the menu bar
- Click on the “Storage” section in the left pane (see screenshot 1 below)
- Select the CD/DVD drive (if not present, the video shows how to add) (see screenshot 2)
- “Load” the VBoxGuestAdditions.iso file in the virtual CD drive (see screenshot 3)
- Confirm that ISO is loaded and click “Ok” (see screenshot 4)
- Start Virtual Machine
- Open “My Computer” and find the Guest Additions “CD” in the D: drive
- Double click CD drive which should AutoRun the Guest Additions (see screenshot 5)
- Shutdown VirtualBox machine
- Edit settings again, in “Storage”, and remove the ISO “disk” from virtual CD drive (see screenshot 6)
- Check for the settings you want in “General” section, “Advanced” tab
and in the following video for those of you who prefer that: