How to Install Guest Additions on Windows Operating Systems in Oracle VM VirtualBox

In this article, we will examine how to install VirtualBox Guest Additions for Windows Guest virtual machines installed on the Oracle VM virtualization program.

How to Install Guest Additions on Windows Operating Systems in Oracle VM VirtualBox

How to Build Guest Additions on Windows Operating Systems in Oracle VM VirtualBox

With Oracle VM VirtualBox, you can install Windows, Linux, and even MacOS operating systems by creating virtual machines on your physical computer.

After creating a new VM with VirtualBox, you will need to add the ISO file of the operating system to the CD/DVD partition. For example, after you add the Windows 10 ISO to the VM, you can start the operating system setup by running the VM.

However, after you setup Windows or Linux operating system with VBox, you need to add Guest Additions. In this article, we will review how to setup Guest Additions for Windows Hosts on Oracle VM software.

First of all, let’s talk briefly about what is VirtualBox Guest Software.

What is Guest Additions in VirtualBox?

Guest Software is an additional software for a virtual pc installed and running on the Oracle VM VBox program. Thanks to this package, additional features are added to virtual machines. For example, you can exchange files with your physical computer or use virtual computers in Full Screen Mode, Seamless Mode, and Scaled Mode.

How to Setup Guest Software for Windows Virtual Machine

Adding Oracle Client Packages on a Windows VM is simple and easy. Now, let’s install it for a VM step by step.

Follow the steps below in order to build VBox additions in Oracle software.

   Step 1

After setting up a new VM with Oracle VBox click on Devices and then Insert Guest Additions CD image…

Insert Guest Additions CD image...

   Step 2

If the Software setup wizard does not start, click on This Computer and then double click on the CD drive.

VirtualBox Guest Additions

   Step 3

In the Oracle VM Additions setup wizard, click Next.

Guest Additions Setup Wizard

   Step 4

Do not change the setup location to avoid possible errors when installing additional software. Click Next to continue.

Setup Wizard

   Step 5

In the Choose Component window, select the features to be installed as follows and click on the Install button to continue.

Choose Components

   Step 6

Wait while client software is installed.

Installing VirtualBox Driver Sofware

   Step 7

After completing client software, restart the VM for the changes to take effect.

Reboot Now

   Step 8

After setting up client software for Windows Hosts, you can use the VM in full-screen mode. You can also transfer your files between your host and the virtual machine by using the drag-and-drop method.

Virtual Machine Screen Resolution

   Final Word


In this article, we have discussed how to install Guest Additions, an additional software for the Oracle VM virtualization program. Thanks for following us!

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