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I am trying to setup Ubuntu guest OS on a Windows host system.After creating the new virtual machine, I am trying to install the guest additions and I am running sudo sh VBoxLinuxAdditions.run but running that I am getting the following error,

  The headers for the current running kernel were not found. If the following module compilation fails then this could be the reason.

  Building the shsared folder support module ... fail!

  Warning: Unknown version of the X window ystem installed. Not installing X Window system drivers.

Virtual box version : 4.3.4-91027

Host system : Windows 7 64 bit

Guest OS : Ubuntu 12.04 32 bit.

UPDATE

On newer version `4.3.26` it works fine, But I need to make it work on `4.3.4-91027`.

Thanks in advance.

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The headers for the current running kernel were not found. If the following module compilation fails then this could be the reason.

Building the shsared folder support module ... fail!

That gives a clue. Install the headers for your kernel version:

sudo apt-get install linux-headers-`uname -r`
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  • Doesn't work. linux-headers-4.2.0-16-generic is already the newest version. 0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 58 not upgraded. On Ubuntu 15.10 running in VirtualBox 5 on Windows 8.1 host. Feb 12, 2016 at 5:21
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    @ButtleButkus Is this Ubuntu Server? If so: askubuntu.com/questions/98416/…
    – kos
    Feb 12, 2016 at 9:04
  • Hi kos, yes it is Ubuntu Server. Thanks for the link. I ended up starting over using Ubuntu 14.04.3, and the first thing I did was focus on getting the share working before installing the "AMP" of my LAMP stack. I'm not sure why it worked, but it worked this time. I'll try again with Ubuntu 15.10 another day. Feb 12, 2016 at 9:11
  • @ButtleButkus Not sure either but glad that it worked. :)
    – kos
    Feb 12, 2016 at 9:18
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Try downgrading (Some issues have been addressed with the newer versions of VBox), make sure the versions correlate with the correct (Working) versions of VBox.

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    Aah. Sorry I forgot to mention that it is working fine with 4.3.20.But I need to make it work on 4.3.4.
    – Thushi
    Mar 24, 2015 at 5:05
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I found an hack for this problem, I just took the Guest additions of latest VirtualBox and I installed it.It solved all my problems. :)

Thank you

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    Your answer would be much improved if you edit your answer and provide version numbers. The current "latest VirtualBox" is unlikely to remain so forever.
    – Elder Geek
    Mar 26, 2015 at 15:30
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Instead of using the Virtualbox Guest Addition ISO file, try using the following commands in the terminal on the guest Virtual Machine :

Do update:

apt-get update

Install dependencies

apt-get install build-essential linux-headers-$(uname -r)

Install guest additions

apt-get install virtualbox-guest-x11

Use sudo before the commands if required.

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