How to share folders between VirtualBox virtual machine and Windows host machine?

VirtualBox is a great freeware that lets you install any Windows OS virtually on your computer. Recently we have written the post to install Windows 10 on your VirtualBox. In this post, we will create a shared folder that will be accessible by both host and guest operating systems. It is very useful for those who want to access large files of the host as well as a guest machine. The benefit of the shared folder is that you don’t need to copy your files in a USB flash drive and then transfer them to the Guest machine. That means, by creating a shared folder, you can access the host files on the Guest without actually copying on the Guest machine. There is no need to copy the files on the Guest machine, in this way, you will save a lot of space because you don’t need to create duplicate files.

To share a folder that is available on the host machine and want to access on the Guest OS, you have to install the Guest additions.

How to install Guest additions on a Virtual machine?

Step 1. Run the guest Windows 10.

Step 2. From the VirtualBox menu, click on the Devices and select “Insert Guest Additions CD image” option.

Step 3. Run the VBoxWindowsAdditions.exe which will be automatically mounted on the virtual CD-ROM.

Step 4. If Windows UAC prompts, click on the Yes button.

Step 5. During the installation of the virtual machine additions, it will prompt to install device software. Click on the Install button.

Step 6. To complete the installation of the drive, it will prompt to reboot the virtual machine, click on the Reboot now option to restart the guest Windows 10.

Step 7. Once the guest Windows 10 is running, login into guest Windows 10.

Step 8. Click on the Devices > Shared Folders > Shared Folders Settings.

Step 9. From the newly opened window, click on the Shared Folders option.

Step 10. Click on the + sign to open the Add Share window.

Step 11. Under Folder Path, select the folder from the host Windows, which you want to share with guest Windows, then click on the OK button.

Step 12. Now, you have shared a folder from the host machine to the guest OS. Open File Explorer and click on the Network.

Step 13. Double-click on the available VBOXSVR under Computer to access the shared folder.

Step 14. To access the shared folder from the desktop, right-click on the shared folder, and select Create shortcut.

Step 15. A shortcut window will be opened, stating that “Windows can’t create a shortcut here. Do you want the shortcut to be placed on the desktop instead?”. Click on the Yes button to create the shortcut of the shared folder.

Step 16. Now you can access the shared folder from the desktop itself.

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