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Tips for vbox install

Post by farkas » Mon May 06, 2019 6:41 am

In order to make my Win7 guest OS run it took me a while to figure it out.
Installing vbox and Extension Packs is well documented.
However documentation on how to and where to download from VBoxGuestAdditions_6.0.6.iso and Win7 USB drivers are very difficult to find. I couldn't find on Oracles download site or user manual where to download Guest Additions.

Guest Additions: https://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/6.0.6/

Win7: USB Drivers: https://downloadcenter.intel.com/downlo ... duct=65855
My machine is a home brew desktop, your machine might require a different one. Read the descriptions on the download page.

1: After installing vbox add vboxuser in Menu>Administation>Users and Groups.
After clicking on your icon click on the groups area (lower right corner).
Select vboxusers. Close.
Reboot, it won't take effect without a restart.
2: In vbox Settings>Storage>Controller:IDE Controller click on add Optical Drive. Choose> Leave empty.
3: Start guest OS.
4: In guest OS download and install. VBoxGuestAdditions_6.0.6.iso
5: In guest OS download and install Win7 USB Drivers.

It took me some time find them, hope it will help someone from wasting time searching for them.
If someone has corrections or more hints, ideas, etc. please feel free to add to this post.

Edited machine from laptop to desktop, need more coffee!
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Re: Tips for vbox install

Post by gm10 » Mon May 06, 2019 6:53 am

Nah. You don't need to download the guest additions iso anywhere, it gets installed automatically when you install virtualbox from virtualbox.org and you mount it from the Devices menu, as I'm sure the virtualbox documentation tells you to.

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Re: Tips for vbox install

Post by farkas » Mon May 06, 2019 7:05 am

I beg to differ.
In my case that didn't happen. I downloaded and installed vbox and Extension Pack from Oracle download site. Whenever selecting install Guest Additions from Devices menu it couldn't find the ISO. That's why I had to down load it to make it work.
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Re: Tips for vbox install

Post by gm10 » Mon May 06, 2019 8:01 am

farkas wrote:
Mon May 06, 2019 7:05 am
I beg to differ.
In my case that didn't happen. I downloaded and installed vbox and Extension Pack from Oracle download site. Whenever selecting install Guest Additions from Devices menu it couldn't find the ISO. That's why I had to down load it to make it work.
Maybe you still had the version installed that Mint ships with where the iso isn't part of the main package and you ran that one (for that version you need to install the virtualbox-guest-additions-iso package instead). But the one from virtualbox.org includes it for sure:

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$ apt content virtualbox-6.0|grep iso
/usr/share/virtualbox/VBoxGuestAdditions.iso

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Re: Tips for vbox install

Post by farkas » Mon May 06, 2019 6:05 pm

I may have forgotten to include

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$ apt content virtualbox-6.0|grep iso
/usr/share/virtualbox/VBoxGuestAdditions.iso
in my install.
It was kind of late in the evening. Needed more coffee. :shock:
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Re: Tips for vbox install

Post by farkas » Thu May 09, 2019 12:41 am

After a couple nights of sleep and more coffee I reviewed my install steps.
It maybe that my case is unique.
In terminal ran
1:

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apt purge virtualbox*
to make sure that there weren't any other installs to interfere with a clean new install

2: Followed install steps on https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Linux_Downloads for Debian-based Linux distributions.
Chose the combined downloading and registering method.

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wget -q https://www.virtualbox.org/download/oracle_vbox_2016.asc -O- | sudo apt-key add -
wget -q https://www.virtualbox.org/download/oracle_vbox.asc -O- | sudo apt-key add -
3: Ran

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sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install virtualbox-6.0
4: Downloaded and installed Guest Extension Pack

After a successful install added vboxuser to Users and Groups. Reboot.

1: Downloaded and extracted Win7 from
https://developer.microsoft.com/en-us/m ... tools/vms/

2: Installed Win7 guest using Import Appliance. No problems.
Started Win7 guest. Using Devices attempted to Insert Guest Additions CD image.
On the top of the window there was a long, barely readable, grey line that said I need VBoxGuestAdditions_6.0.6.iso

That is what prompted me to make this post.
If I made errors during installation, or missed a step in this post, (I will edit to correct it), please let me know so I won't repeat them.

PS. A thank you to the author of Easy Linux Tips Project.
Always need more coffee! :shock: or a glass of wine. :D

Edit:
Forgot to include
Please let me know if the above vbox install procedure correct.
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