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Windows 7: Linux - Install on Windows 7 Virtual Machine using VirtualBox

30 Jan 2011   #20


thank you soooooo much for the tips!
installing the GUEST ADDITIONS worked perfectly, for my desktop and laptop PC's, awesome!!

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30 Jan 2011   #21

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You are welcome.

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30 Jan 2011   #22

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 / Windows 10 Pro x64

Thanks for the answer Kari. I'm not so familiar with the virtual machine's.
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30 Jan 2011   #23

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No problem. It's just that it's practically impossible to install any chipset, NIC, audio or video drivers to a vm. A virtual machine emulates the core hardware and uses it's own drivers.

The integration elements then contain additional drivers. For instance In VirtualBox these are called Guest Additions, in Microsoft Virtual PC Integration Features and in VMware simply VMware Tools. These tools check the host hardware and add components and drivers to better integrate guest machine's emulated hardware to host.

This about changing the resolution on a VirtulaBox guest machine is a good example how integration tools work. The emulated GPU of guest works without any additional drivers, but with only basic functions. Installing Guest Additions adds then needed components in between the host and guest, allowing them to communicate better, so for instance user can change the guest resolution simply by resizing it from the host, resizing the guest window. When mouse button is released after dragging window bigger or smaller, host system sends the information to guest which then adjusts the resolution parameters and changes resolution to exactly that what user on host decided.

What is noticeable in this is that these integration components are installed on both host and guest. The core of the guest already contains all drivers needed to run it, integration components work as a bridge between the emulated hardware of guest and physical hardware of host. You could say the communication between the host and the guest is like swimming over from San Fransisco to Marin County. It works, can be done. Takes time and effort, though. Integration components are the Golden Gate Bridge; no need to swim anymore

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30 Jun 2011   #24

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit OS

I'm new here and I wanna thank the guy involve. Thank You Kari!
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20 Aug 2011   #25

Home Premium 32bit
It works!

I'm posting from my VirtualBox Linux distro right now.

Cool. The tutorial works.

This is the first how-to on this topic that's worked for me. I've even tried it without a how-to and couldn't get everything working-a how to that works is just what I needed.

Hooray!! I'm so excited.
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20 Aug 2011   #26

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Nice to hear it works for you geeks

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28 Aug 2011   #27
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Windows 7 Ult. x64

Excellent! An easy to follow tutorial that has opened up the world of virtualisation and linux to me. Well done Kari.
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28 Aug 2011   #28

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10 Sep 2011   #29

Windows 7 Ultimate

Kari, I do not know what to say, you are just the best VM teacher I have seen, you just know everything about VMs, NASA must hire you, you know

Thank you so much, you ROCK!
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