Installing VirtualBox Guest Additions

Currently I have VirtualBox 4.3.18 installed on Mac OS X Mavericks. I recently downloaded several Windows 7/8/8.1 images from either modern.ie or MSDN, and I wanted to install guest additions as well so I could do things like:

  • change the size of the guest window
  • turn on bidirectional shared clipboard
  • add shared folder(s)
  • etc

There is a handy menu option to do this from the VirtualBox VM menu:

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Devices / Insert Guest Additions CD image... (Host+D)

My problem was that every time I clicked that (for every Windows image I tried) nothing happened. For some reason that menu option was not finding or not opening the guest additions installer.

Luckily it’s pretty straight forward to do this manually from within the guest virtual machine. Follow the screenshots below:

Open Computer

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Double click the VirtualBox Guest Additions

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Double click VBoxWindowsAdditions

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Click Yes

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Click Next

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Click Next

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Click Install (I didn’t add Direct3D Support)

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Click Install

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Click Finish

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