I have installed VirtualBox 4.1.18 on Ubuntu 12.10 and I'm hosting Windows XP.

I want to share a folder between Ubuntu and Windows XP.

I have installed guest additions on the guest machine, but when I'm trying to access the shared folder, I can't find them anywhere.

So, where can I access those shared folders?


Have you read this guide: Shared folders

The process of creating a shared folder is well explainded in this guide. In short: 1) In your VM properties set a shared folder on host machine. 2) Boot the guest machine and run the following command:

net use x: \\vboxsvr\share

where x - is the name of the drive with virtual folded. You may leave it as is, and share - is the name of the folder you've created on host machine.

  • This doesn't work, at least on Ubuntu Mate 15.04 it doesn't. mount: unknown filesystem type 'vboxsf' mount: unknown filesystem type 'vboxfs' – Insperatus Aug 19 '15 at 18:56

At least for Ubuntu 15.04 host system and Windows Server 2012 R2 and VirtualBox 4.3.32_Ubuntu r104062, the following works. I assume, it works the same way with other versions of Windows as guest:

  1. Boot the Guest operating system in VirtualBox.
  2. Select Devices > Shared Folders in the VirtualBox menu
  3. Choose the Add button. Select the host folder you want to share
  4. Select Auto Mount
  5. Reboot your guest system
  6. Now you will find your shared folder mapped as network drive on Windows. No need to fiddle around with manually booting something on Linux or Windows command line as described in this guide.
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    Awesome. It works for me. Ubuntu 16.04 and win10 guest. Thanks – Abdulaziz May 3 '17 at 14:51
  • @Abdulaziz Second that. 16.04 host and windows 10 guest. worked first time – FXQuantTrader May 27 '17 at 18:40
  • If anyone else is running Mint 19 host and Windows 2000 guest, this process works here also. Cheers Marc. – Boodysaspie Dec 28 '18 at 23:12
  • This solution worked for me. However, after not using the VM for a while, and updating Windows, it stopped working. I had to reinstall the guest additions to get it working again. – nf313743 Dec 29 '18 at 10:53

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