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I have Ubuntu as the main OS. I installed VirtualBox with a Windows XP guest. How can I share files between the two OSs, and how do I connect to the Internet in the Windows XP guest?

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Stop your virtual machine. Go to settings (in Virtualbox -> XP guest -> settings) and search for shared folder. Add a folder on your PC like /home/username/Documents/vmshare . And there you go.

Note: You have to install Guest Additions to the guest for this which you can get from Tools-> Guest additions (when your guest is running. It'll mount the VBox iso and install the additions. All you need is a reboot after that.)

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To connect to this share on the guest, visit \\vboxsvr\sharename. – RJFalconer May 22 '10 at 11:13
Yeah true. It should also show up in network shares (or in "The whole network".) – Shiki May 22 '10 at 11:14

For shared folders;
see Shiki's answer.

For internet;
Stop the machine. Go to settings, Network. Check "Enable network adapter".

XP will get an IP from your router and act like an independent machine on your network.

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