Ask Ubuntu is a question and answer site for Ubuntu users and developers. It's 100% free.

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

I want to install "Guest Addition" for my virtual Windows 7 but I don't see Devices menu. Why? enter image description here

share|improve this question

Did you install the OSE from the repositories? The Guest Addons are proprietary and are not included in the OSE version of VB. You can download the guest addons ISO separately and install them that way.

share|improve this answer
This is not so. Only the Oracle extensions needed for RDP and USB2.0 support are closed source. Guest Additions are also included in the OSE edition. See also – Takkat Dec 25 '11 at 12:25
As for Guest Additions there is a transitional package virtualbox-ose-guest-utils for the OSE edition in the repositories. – Takkat Dec 25 '11 at 17:07

The Devices-menu to install Guest Additions will only be available after the virtual machine was started, is running, and the guest windows has focus.

share|improve this answer
There is no Devices menu even I start the Win7 machine, so I asked this question here. – Emerald214 Dec 25 '11 at 17:39
The screenshot you included does not show any VM running. In fact it shows the menu from VBox Manager and not the menu you get when a running virtual guest windows has focus. That's why I felt you may need this answer. If I am wrong here then please edit your question to clarify this important detail. – Takkat Dec 26 '11 at 0:17

I suppose you want to activate the shared folders.

It's easy:

  1. Start your virtual machine
  2. Select "Mount CD/DVD-ROM" from the "Devices" menu in the virtual machine's menu bar and then "CD/DVD-ROM image".
  3. In the Virtual Media Manager, press the "Add" button and browse your host file system for the VBoxGuestAdditions.iso file: On a Linux host, you can find this file in the additions folder under where you installed VirtualBox (normally /opt/VirtualBox/). to me: "/usr/share/virtualbox/"
  4. Back in the Virtual Media Manager, select that ISO file and press the "Select" button. This will mount the ISO file and present it to your Windows guest as a CD-ROM.
  5. Now open My PC from Windows
  6. There open de CD/DVD mounted: "VirtualBox Guest Additions"
  7. Open "VBoxWindowsAdditions-.exe", my pc is 32x so open: VBoxWindowsAdditions-x86.exe, if you need rights click Yes.
  8. click next
  9. click next or change the path
  10. Select Direct 3D support (optional) and Click Install
  11. Wait and click Finish and reboot your virtual machine
share|improve this answer
There is no Devices menu – Jonathan Leaders Mar 24 '15 at 1:21

You can activate 'Devices' menu via View -> Menu Bar -> Menu Bar Settings.

share|improve this answer
This exactly! My menu bar simply wasn't showing that option. – Morgan Wilde Jan 22 at 21:30

This works if your host machine is Ubuntu 11.10:-

When your virtual machine is running and is the active/focused window. Look to the top left of your screen, it should show "VirtualBox".

Move your mouse over the x in "VirtualBox", then you should see the Devices menu.

share|improve this answer
Looking at the image shows that this is not the case. – astex Nov 5 '12 at 17:08

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.