I updated Ubuntu 16.04 in Virtualbox on Windows 7 and now I can only get the desktop background.

I found these questions:

Ubuntu 16.04 launcher is missing after installing new updates

Unity doesn't load, no Launcher, no Dash appears

GUI disappeared since last update, Ubuntu 16.04 running in VM on MacOS

Menu Bar and Launcher missing after installing updates (16.04 LTS)

I tried a lot of things all without success, then I tried the steps in https://askubuntu.com/a/801782/574037, getting as far as step 7 before getting an "permission denied" error.

Please help - I'm almost out of ideas.

I have a Nvidia card, if that helps.

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I also run Ubuntu 16.04 in VirtualBox on top of Windows 7 and had the same problem. To me the solution was to "Enable 3D Acceleration" in the Virtual Machine Settings. (I can reproduce the problem still if I disable that setting.)

  • Thanks, that worked for me. Ubuntu 15.10 Host, 16.04 guest.
    – KiwiNige
    Aug 6, 2016 at 9:46

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