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 wants 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
Step 3. Run the
Step 4. If Windows UAC prompts, click on the
Step 5. During the installation of the virtual machine additions, it will prompt you to install device software. Click on the
Step 6. To complete the installation of the drive, it will prompt you to reboot the virtual machine, click on the
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
Step 10. Click on the
Step 11. Under Folder Path, select the folder from the host Windows, which you want to share with guest Windows, and then click on the
Step 12. Now, you have shared a folder from the host machine to the guest OS. Open File Explorer and click on the
Step 13. Double-click on the available
Step 14. To access the shared folder from the desktop, right-click on the shared folder, and select
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
Step 16. Now you can access the shared folder from the desktop itself.