Take the 2-minute tour ×
Super User is a question and answer site for computer enthusiasts and power users. It's 100% free, no registration required.

I'm running VirtualBox with Windows Vista as host OS and Windows Server 2008 as guest OS. To login to Windows Server I have to press Ctrl+Alt+Delete, but my host OS reacts on that so I can not send it to VirtualBox. How can I do it?

share|improve this question
    
on a mac host OS, with xp as the guest OS, how do you do control alt delete to log in? –  user59686 Dec 19 '10 at 7:43

3 Answers 3

up vote 52 down vote accepted

Usually there is an entry in a menu somewhere. Host key+Del1 should work too, though.

If you're using Remote Desktop, then use Ctrl+Alt+End instead.


1 You should know what your host key is, but it's configurable. Mine usually was Right Ctrl.

If you want to know what your Host Key is, open VirtualBox and go to File → Preferences → Input. If you don't like the current key, you can change it to whatever you wish.

share|improve this answer
1  
Just curious, how did you get the keystrokes in the answer to look like keys? I looked in the markdown documentation and couldn't see any way to do it... –  nhinkle May 13 '10 at 5:15
5  
@nhinkle: Stack Overflow's (and Super User's) style sheet abuses the <kbd> tag for that purpose. It's not part of Markdown. –  Joey May 13 '10 at 10:04
2  
@Corporate Geek, please use proper arrows when editing my posts. -> is an ugly abomination I don't want to have associated with my name. –  Joey Feb 24 '12 at 18:31
1  
@Pacerier: The host key is the modifier that is used for shortcuts in the VM software itself and are not passed to the VM inside. And I have no idea. –  Joey Feb 28 at 16:57
1  
@Pacerier: Don't do that to a level where you run out of keys, then. Seriously, what's the point of this discussion? –  Joey Mar 9 at 7:23

On an OS X host, try

  • control+alt/option+fn+delete or

  • cmd+fn+delete

I used the onscreen keyboard in Windows 7 which showed the guest OS receiving ctrl and alt/option, but not delete. By adding the fn key to the combination, it seems the Mac's idea of "delete" (normally like Windows' "backspace") becomes Windows' "delete".

share|improve this answer
    
cmd+fn+delete worked for me on OSX! Thanks! –  knagode Jun 3 '12 at 16:52

In the menu called Machine, click Insert Ctrl+Alt+Delete.

share|improve this answer
    
What if you are in fullscreen.... –  Pacerier Feb 28 at 15:19
    
@Pacerier: If you are in fullscreen, then the solutions of Joey and Christian are more convenient, you just have to remember the keys combination. –  Nicolas Raoul Mar 1 at 8:04

protected by Troggy Mar 15 '11 at 7:56

Thank you for your interest in this question. Because it has attracted low-quality answers, posting an answer now requires 10 reputation on this site.

Would you like to answer one of these unanswered questions instead?

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.