How to Install Guest Additions on Windows 11 VM on VirtualBox

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This post shows students and new users steps to install VirtualBox guest additions software on Windows 11 virtual machine. If you’re running a Windows 11 VM with VirtualBox, the first thing you’ll want to do after installing Windows 11 is to install VirtualBox guest additions software.

The VirtualBox guest additions package enhances the virtual guest machine and improves the management of the machine. When you install a new operating system on a VirtualBox virtual machine, your first task should always be to install its guest additions software, and the steps below show you how to do that.

The tool provides tight integration between the host and virtual machine operating systems; enables improvement to the VM graphics performance, shared folder between the host and guest machines, copying and pasting of text, images and files between the host and guest machine as well as mouse improvement.

Below, we’ll show you how to install the guest addition software after installing Windows 11 VM.

How to add VirtualBox guest additions software to Windows 11 VM

As mentioned above, VirtualBox guest additions software provides tight integration between the host and virtual machine operating systems; enables improvement to the VM graphics performance, shared folder between the host and guest machines, copying and pasting of text, images and files between the host and guest machine as well as mouse improvement.

For better experience, you must install this tool in all VMs you create when using VirtualBox.

If you haven’t already installed VirtualBox, below will help you get VirtualBox on Windows.

How to install VirtualBox on Windows 11

Once installed, you can create a VM for Windows 11. If you haven’t done so, read the post below.

How to create a Windows 11 virtual machine with VirtualBox

After creating the VM, you can then install Windows 11 on it. For help installing Windows 11, read the post below.

How to install Windows 11 on VirtualBox VM

Once Windows 11 is installed, you can proceed to install the guest additions software in Windows 11.

To install the guest additions software, launch VirtualBox software on the host computer, and turn on the newly created Windows 11 VM.

After you login to Windows 11, on the VM window, click on Device > Insert Guest Additions CD Image… as highlighted below.

windows 11 add guest additions software

Once you click that, the software will insert and mount its virtual CD into Windows. Windows will then prompt you with an autoplay notification similar to the one below.

virtualbox windows 11 guest additions notification

If you don’t see an autoplay notification, open File Explorer and go to This PC on the left navigation menu. Then double-click on the mounted CD Drive with VirtualBox Guest Additions software.

virtualbox cd drive mouted windows 11

That will launch the installation. Follow the installation while accepting the default settings, and install all necessary packages.

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When you’re done, restart the VM when prompted.

That should do it!

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This post showed you how to install VirtualBox guest additions software in Windows 11. If you find any error above or have something to add, please use the comment form below.

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