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Last time I tried to uninstall virtualbox, it failed with a BSOD. Since then, I am unable to install any version of virtualbox. The uninstaller seem's to fail to. When i look in my network drivers list, the virtualbox driver's are still there ('VirtualBox Bridged Networking Driver Miniport'). I can do what ever I want, there is no way to uninstall them. I think there might be some registery that where not removed or something like that but I don't know how to remove them safely or what registery I should remove.

Thanks for your help.

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This question is confusing. From the way it is written, it would seem you have the VirtualBox virtual network driver installed in the physical (host) PC! If so, I would love to know how you did that. –  CarlF Oct 6 '11 at 14:45

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The registry keys for Oracle VirtualBox are located there:


Corresponding files in the file system:

  • VBoxDrv VirtualBox Support Drive: c:\windows\system32\drivers\vboxdrv.sys

  • VBoxNetAdpVirtualBox Host-Only Network Adapter Driver" c:\windows\system32\drivers\vboxnetadp.sys

  • VBoxNetFltVirtualBox Bridged Networking Driver: c:\windows\system32\drivers\vboxnetflt.sys

  • VBoxUSBMonVirtualBox USB Monitor Driver: c:\windows\system32\drivers\vboxusbmon.sys

Suggested tool to finds these keys. disable, delete or access them in the file system or the registry:

MS TechNet Sysinternals Autoruns

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A System Restore to the date before the installation should sort it.

Failing that, export:


Open the .reg file in notepad and substitute the HKEY_CURRENT_USER with HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE

Import the .reg file and reboot.

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I am very curious to know what it will do exactly? –  Drahakar Feb 18 '11 at 23:14

Okay, this was really really a hard one. I've tried a felt 100 things.

My solution (Windows 8) was

  1. Uninstall VirtualBox and reboot
  2. Download RunAsSystem and start "C:\Windows\regedit.exe" with it (You can check with TaskManager that it really runs as "System")
  4. Remove the keys recommended by @climenole
  5. Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Enum\ROOT\NET and delete all "VirtualBo Host-Only ..." adapters.
  6. Reboot
  7. Use something like CCleaner to clean the registry
  8. Reinstall VirtualBox
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sounds good, but for me, in Win8.1, RunAsSystem adds the context menu option (after crashing), but it fails to run RegEdit (or any other program) –  Greg Woods May 7 '14 at 11:16
I successfully used live.sysinternals.com/psexec.exe with the -s and -i options to run regedit as SYSTEM –  Greg Woods May 7 '14 at 11:28

Just go to your Device Manager, expand the network adapters, right click virtualbox related network adapters and uninstall them!

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Download the version that you want to uninstall and execute it.


The installer will give you the option for Repair or Remove the Virtualbox version installed.

After the remove you will must reboot your computer.

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