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Shared folders in XP virtualbox guest

I'm using Virtualbox 4.1.8 to run Windows XP PRO. I have ironed out all other kinks on my own but I still can't access a file share. The sole purpose of running a VM is to get iTunes for my iPhone but I can't get to my music file from my guest OS, I'm also new to Ubuntu so im not sure if I have done all the updates right or not, any would be welcome

marked as duplicate by Takkat, Caesium, jrg Feb 25 '12 at 1:03

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If you are using VirtualBox, there should be a set of guest tools you can install on Windows that will allow you to do this.

See http://www.virtualbox.org/manual/ch04.html#idp9523904 and http://www.virtualbox.org/manual/ch04.html#sharedfolders


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Like the other posts said, install virtual box guest additions.

With virtualbox running, go to "Devices" menu > Shared Folders

Click the folder and plus icon and add the linux host path (Folder Path) you want to share and the windows "folder" (let's suppose it is MyFolder, you can provide any arbitrary name).

After this, you'll be able to access in any explorer window, like this:


  • I don't have anything called devices, when the VM is running there are no options at the top of the screen..it just says oracle VM virtualbox is there another way to install guest additions? – jake Feb 25 '12 at 4:26

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