Ubuntu: Where is the Devices menu of a Windows virtual machine?


I want to install Guest Additions in a virtual Windows 7 running inside Ubuntu. The VirtualBox instructions are:

In the "Devices" menu in the virtual machine's menu bar, VirtualBox has a handy menu item named "Install guest additions", which mounts the Guest Additions ISO file inside your virtual machine. A Windows guest should then automatically start the Guest Additions installer, which installs the Guest Additions into your Windows guest.

How do I get to the "Devices" menu in the virtual machine's menu bar?

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Right There, Third Menu option.Click it a drop down menu will appear, the last Option is to Install Guest Additions.

  • When you boot into Windows Press Host+D (Host is usually the right Control key). That will mount the Vbox Guest Additions ISO into Windows and the autorun prompt will appear.

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You have Scale Mode enabled. Disable it (Right-CTRL + C) and you will see the Devices Menu for your VM. You can then install the Guest Additions


When you boot into Windows press Host+Home (Host is usually the right Control key).


There are a couple of ways to run a VirtualBox VM in Ubuntu, the most used is windowed mode, when using it the Virtual Machine is inside a window, it looks like this:

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The menu should be in the same place that other windows. Bellow the title, or if you are using unity, it will appear when you hover over the bar that is located at the top of the screen.

I believe that you could be running it on seamless mode. In this mode the virtual machine will try to mend with the Ubuntu desktop and it doesn't has its own window.

If this is your situation you have two options:

  1. Move the mouse to the middle bottom of the windows taskbar, try to put it as low as possible. Let it hold there for a second or two. A new menu bar should appear.
  2. Hit CTRL+L while you have windows selected, this should change it to above mode (in a window), you should then be able to access the menu in the normal way.


I had the same issue....beating my head against the wall. Once the Win7 device is and you log in, go to My Computer and open the CDROM...the iso will be there. Run the installer and reboot. You'll be good to go.


I had exactly the same problem when I tried to install the guest additions. My case is installing a win& virtual machine in OS. Finally I realized, at least in my case, you have to make the virtual machine window to be full screen, then move your cursor to the top of the screen, then the hidden menu bar appeared!!!! Then Device is there, you can just install the guest additions as other tutorials said.

Hops this can help!

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