Virtualbox 7 guest additions installation

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Virtualbox 7 guest additions installation

Postby peterhull90 » 21. Nov 2022, 16:36

In version 7 there's a new way to install the GAs from the Devices|Upgrade guest additions... menu. Just as a matter of interest, how does this work? Witchcraft? Does it not need to know the root password to do this?
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Re: Virtualbox 7 guest additions installation

Postby Whiskeyjack » 21. Nov 2022, 16:42

GA update leverages already existing GA functionality in the guest. When VirtualBox cannot detect running guest additions in the guest Update menu item is disabled. It does not require root password.
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Re: Virtualbox 7 guest additions installation

Postby Organic_Marble » 27. Nov 2022, 03:53

Attempting this way led to disaster for me. A panel popped up to the side and a progress bar went to 77% and stayed for hours. Clicking the cancel x did nothing. When I powered off the machine, it wouldn't boot subsequently. I had to reload from a backup.

I wouldn't use this method.
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Re: Virtualbox 7 guest additions installation

Postby scottgus1 » 30. Nov 2022, 15:39

This function is new for Virtualbox 7.0, which still has bugs to find. 7.0's Guest Additions are also in bug-fix stage. Any running of VM's under 7.0 should be considered experimental for now, and backups of important VMs are super important.

Organic_Marble wrote:I had to reload from a backup.

Big +1 for having the backup!
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Re: Virtualbox 7 guest additions installation

Postby Organic_Marble » 18. Jan 2023, 18:43

Tried it again since a couple updates have been pushed out. It works now on my systems. The progress bar jumps instantly to 77% and then hangs there for a few minutes, but then it completes successfully.
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Re: Virtualbox 7 guest additions installation

Postby scottgus1 » 19. Jan 2023, 00:48

Glad it's working for you now!
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Re: Virtualbox 7 guest additions installation

Postby Maxrunner » 2. Feb 2023, 15:21

Tried this on my mx linux 21-3 as guest on a Windows 11 machine, hangs at 77%, then gives a fail message, and my shared folder i use stopped working. Just went back to a previous state, but still at guest additions 6.1.8 where i have constantly mouse button issues.
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