Install Ubuntu 10.04 on VirtualBox – Windows 7 32 bit, Guest Additions for Ubuntu 10.04

Install Ubuntu 10.04 on VirtualBox ‘Ubuntu’ is the famous word in recent tech world. It’s a latest light weight OS which works faster than any OS except net book OSs. I wanted to try the latest version on my Windows 7 32 Bit Host, it worked well. This small post shows the steps to install Ubuntu 10.04 on VirtualBox with Windows 7 32 bit host and working Guest Additions.

Guest additions are very important to use any virtual machines easily and use like host physical computer. So, I will cover the steps to install VB additions in Ubuntu 10.04.

Steps to Install Ubuntu 10.04 in VirtualBox

1) Download 32 Bit version here.

2) Don’t you have Oracle VirtualBox? then read here.

3) Press New button and create a new VM.

Install Ubuntu 10.04 on VirtualBox

4) Set memory size and create new disk in next screens.

5) Before start VM, set processor cores if you want. Add downloaded ISO file to VirtualBox media manager and add it to CD Rom Drive of VM. Make sure CD ROM set as first boot device.

Install Ubuntu 10.04 on VirtualBox

6) Now, Start the VM. Easy installation steps available in official site here. (Go to 4th option and Press ‘Show me how’ button).

Select ‘Install Ubuntu’, to install permanently on Virtual Disk. Successful installation will return following screen to restart.

Install Ubuntu 10.04 on VirtualBox

7) Remove ISO file from CD Rom before VM restarts. Here we go, you may land on Ubuntu 10.04 desktop in Oracle VirtualBox. Lets Install VB guest additions which will help to improve mouse integration, screen resolution options and additional features.

See Also

Install and run Fedora 13 in VB with working Guest additions.

Install VirtualBox Guest Additions on Ubuntu 10.04

8.) Go to devices in VM menu then select Install Guest Additions. This step will mount VirtualBox additions ISO in to VM CD drive.

9) To access CD drive, go to Places and Click on VBOXADDITIONS as shown below.

Install Ubuntu 10.04 on VirtualBox

10) Press Open Autorun Prompt button as shown below. Click Run for execute installation.


11) Provide password for administrative tasks, which is your or root password. Installation will start in terminal window. Press Enter key to close window after installation. That’s it. Restart the VM and look for VB additions features.

12) To make sure the installation of VB additions, Click on machine in VB menu and check whether seamless mode, full screen mode are enabled. Normally these features will be enabled only after guest additions installed.


I hope you would love this OS and performance.

Drop a comment or raise an issue in comments area.

29 thoughts on “Install Ubuntu 10.04 on VirtualBox – Windows 7 32 bit, Guest Additions for Ubuntu 10.04”

  1. Where do I get the Virtualbox guest additions 3.2.6 (ubuntu), non OSE version?


  2. @Frederico Zenozzograte,
    I’m not familiar with non OSE version.

    I think you have to get VBoxGuestAdditions.iso for VB 3.2.6 from any OSE version installation. For example I have 32MB guest additions file.
    Then mount it and use.

    I’m not sure whether I’m answering you correctly.

  3. thankx a lot………and can u plz tell me hw to adjust the screen resolution ..
    i get 800X600 as default and i dont have the option to change it

    • @BUNNY,
      After installed guest additions properly, when ever you resize virtualbox console screen size, it changes Ubuntu Guest also. if it doesn’t then something wrong with guest additions.

  4. Thanks, this was really helpful! Everything seems to be working fine, except my internet connection on my virtual Ubuntu machine.

  5. Actually, I just got internet to work, but I’m not even sure how. I turned off the virtual machine, looked for things I could change under Network settings and just refreshed the MAC address a few times, turned it back on, and then the internet worked.

  6. For the step.10: Press Open Autorun Prompt.. it is giving some error if i run this command… Do i need to download any Ubuntu binary files for this.. i see VboxWindowsAddition.exe and VBoxWindowsAdditionx86.exe. these are winodws files…

  7. this is error i am getting:

    pc@pc-VirtualBox:/media$ cd VBOXADDITIONS_3.2.10_66523/
    pc@pc-VirtualBox:/media/VBOXADDITIONS_3.2.10_66523$ sudo ./
    [sudo] password for pc:
    sudo: unable to execute ./ Input/output error

    • @fido,
      Which version of VirtualBox you are using? I think it doesn’t have guest additions package for Linux OS.
      Better update the version and try.

      let me know the result.

  8. I am using VirtualBox version 3.2.10 r66523 and Ubuntu is 10.10. And I am getting following error which installing VBOXADDITIONS

    sudo: unable to execute ./ Input/output error

    Can anyone help me in this. Thanks

    • > sudo: unable to execute ./ Input/output error

      Your not allowed to execute the sudo command, your user is not in the sudoers list.

      You might try adding your user to the wheel group:
      gpasswd -a yourusername wheel

  9. VirtualBox 3.2.12 r68302 + ubuntu 10.10

    Somehow I can run the script to copy to root home directory and execute.

  10. Hi,
    A very good manual. however I did not get the Seamleas mode (and disable auto guest resize).
    I kept seeing the error “unknown version of X Windows System installed .. Not installing”
    I did some more searching and found the following solution:

    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get install build-essential linux-headers-$(uname -r)
    sudo apt-get install virtualbox-ose-guest-x11

    Rebooted and presto it worked.

  11. Before installing GA, the maximum screen resolution was 600×400. Now it’s 1024×786 or something (Actually it’s about twenty pixels higher, I’ve never seen that before). How can I make it fill my entire screen of 1280×1024?

    And one more thing, this Ubuntu runs really slowly, even though I gave it 1023 MBs of RAM. (to avoid the message that tells me that I gave the machine too much, I removed one MB. Clever, huh?)

  12. Thanks for the post, very straight forward and works. More guides should be made such as these in Linux..


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