Installing VBox 4.1.2 Windows Guest Additions on Ubuntu 11.10

I’ve been having some trouble copying files from my host fileshare (\\vboxsvr), and the internets recommended re-installing the guest additions. Unfortunately, trying to download the guest additions iso resulted in the error below:

Error downloading VBox Guest Additions iso

Some frantic searching of the VBox forums offered a solution: download the guest additions for the previous version (4.1.0), and put them in the location VBox expects to find them (either /usr/share/virtualbox/VBoxGuestAdditions.iso or /usr/lib/virtualbox/additions/VBoxGuestAdditions.iso).

sudo mv VBoxGuestAdditions_4.1.0.iso /usr/share/virtualbox/VBoxGuestAdditions.iso

And now I can copy files without any problems, hurray!

6 thoughts on “Installing VBox 4.1.2 Windows Guest Additions on Ubuntu 11.10

  1. reeb November 20, 2011 / 5:23 pm

    Hello, thanks for your informations…but I have a problem with the same configuration (VB 4.1.2, ubuntu 11.10) : I cannot find by which way I can install the add ons !! The usual menu (Devices -> Install guest add-ons) have diseapeared and even if I have found the add_ons iso (in the folder you give here), I do not know how to install it on my Vbox.
    Could you help?
    thanks a lot !

  2. grahamrhay November 20, 2011 / 6:56 pm

    If you go to Devices -> CD/DVD Devices -> Choose a virtual CD/DVD disk file… can you mount the iso manually?

  3. ben November 23, 2011 / 3:17 pm

    Thanks for that!

  4. Chaki_Black May 22, 2012 / 9:15 am

    Man… What I need!!
    Thanks a lot!!!

  5. annerle June 24, 2012 / 8:25 pm

    Thks a lot. Helped a lot!

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